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Monte Michele Tomb 5

March 1, 2013

This blog is initiated in the context of Etruscanning 3D, a European project in the Culture 2007 framework, that focuses on using innovative 3D and multimedia technologies to support three exhibitions on the Etruscan culture. As 3D scanning will be one of the technologies used, the project name is a blend between the words Etruscan and scanning, hence Etruscanning 3D.

The partners in this project are the Allard Pierson Museum (archaeological museum part of the University of Amsterdam) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the National Museum for Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands, the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium, CNR-ITABC in Rome, Italy and Visual Dimension in Ename, Belgium. Associated partners are the Vatican Museums and the Villa Giulia Museum, the famous museum on Etruscan culture in Rome.

Probably you already know the Etruscanning 3D project thanks to our previous work: the reconstruction of the Regolini-Galassi tomb. In this blog we are going to present you our new project about the Monte Michele tomb 5 in Veio.  With this first post we are going to give you just a hint of what will be covered by this blog!

The Etruscanning 3D team in the Monte Michele 5 tomb

The Etruscanning 3D team at the Monte Michele tomb 5 site (photo: CNR-ITABC)

The aim of the project is not only to recontextualise the objects found in the tomb and now preserved in the National Museum of Villa Giulia, but also to open the possibility to visitors to discover in a virtual way the archaeological site together with the archaeologist who excavated it.

Monte Michele 5 tomb (photo: Villa Giulia museum)

Monte Michele tomb 5 (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)

3D reconstruction of the Monte Michele 5 tomb (image: CNR-ITABC)

3D reconstruction of the Monte Michele tomb 5 (image: CNR-ITABC)

In a first step, we focus on the structure of the tomb, which has been reconstructed based upon the 3D model acquired by laser scanner and photogrammetry. Then, working together with the archaeologists, we collect all the information about the excavation and the objects that have been found in the tomb.

Image of the escavation: the disposition of objects in the tomb (photo: Villa Giulia museum)

Image of the excavation, showing the objects in the tomb (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)

The objects from the Monte Michele 5 tomb in the Villa Giulia museum (photo: Daniel Pletinckx)

The objects from the Monte Michele tomb 5 in the Villa Giulia Museum (photo: Daniel Pletinckx)

We use all this knowledge to digitally restore the objects in bronze, iron and silver, which are heavily corroded and broken, and reconstruct the parts in wood which have perished nearly completely.

Scepter in the Villa Giulia museum (photo: Villa Giulia museum)

Scepter in the Villa Giulia museum (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)

3D restoration of the scepter (image: Visual Dimension)

3D restoration of the scepter (image: Visual Dimension)

Urn in the Villa Giulia museum (photo: CNR-ITABC)

Bronze urn in the Villa Giulia Museum (photo: CNR-ITABC)

3D reconstruction of the urn (image: Visual Dimension)

3D reconstruction of the urn (image: Visual Dimension)

One of the bronze plate before the restoration (photo: Villa Giulia museum)

One of the bronze coverings before restoration (photo: Villa Giulia Museum)

3D reconstruction of the carriage (image: Visual Dimension)

3D reconstruction of the carriage with bronze coverings (image: Visual Dimension)

Does this all sound interesting? Keep following this blog to discover our work in more detail!

This blog is part of the Etruscanning 3D project, that is been funded with support from the European Commission. This blog reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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