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Imaging the Egyptian Obelisk at Kingston Lacy

MacDonald, L; Masséglia, J; Crowther, C; Altshuler, B; Norodom, S; Grasby, J; Region, S-W; (2015) Imaging the Egyptian Obelisk at Kingston Lacy. In: Ng, K, (ed.) EVA '15: Proceedings of the Conference on Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. (pp. pp. 252-260). BCS Learning & Development Ltd: Swindon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The obelisk that stands in the grounds of the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy, Dorset, was brought from Egypt in 1821 by William John Bankes. Known as the Philae obelisk, it has hieroglyphic inscriptions on the tapered granite column and Greek on the pedestal. In a multidisciplinary project to mark the success of the Philae comet mission, the inscriptions have been digitised by both reflectance transform imaging and 3D scanning. Novel imaging techniques have been developed to stitch together the separate RTI fields into a composite RTI for each face of the obelisk in registration with the geometric structure represented by the 3D point cloud. This will provide the basis for both paleographic examination of the inscriptions and visualisation of the monument as a whole.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Imaging the Egyptian Obelisk at Kingston Lacy
Event: EVA '15, Conference on Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 7-9 July 2015, London, UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14236/ewic/eva2015.27
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/eva2015.27
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Digital archaeology, reflectance transform imaging, 3D scanning, palaeography, monument
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478689
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