Alchemy of computer science + archaeology = City of Gold
This virtual 3-D walkthrough of four principal buildings uncovered during Princeton University's archaeological excavations in Cyprus is part of the Princeton Art Museum's City of Gold exhibit. The animations were created by graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of Joanna Smith, a lecturer in art and archaeology, and Szymon Rusinkiewicz, a professor of computer science.
The exhibit celebrates the conclusion of more than two decades of excavations by the Princeton Department of Art and Archaeology in Polis Chrysochous, a town in the Republic of Cyprus that is the site of the ancient city of Marion and its successor city, Arsinoe. It features 110 objects, many of which have never been exhibited, including sculptures, architectural fragments, and gold and silver jewelry. The objects were lent by the Cypriot Department of Antiquities, the British Museum, and the Musée du Louvre.
Smith and Rusinkiewicz's report on the animations won Best Project Paper award at the 2012 International Conference on Cultural Heritage.
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