This holiday I had the chance to finally visit Athens and it was beautiful. We had great weather considering it is January. As is tradition this lead to some research on how the various sites that we saw have been digitised.
The city is covered in ruins. We stayed in the area of Monastiraki, very close to Hadrian’s library and with a wonderful view of the Acropolis 5 steps from the entrance of the hotel. We were there for four days around new years so, unfortunately, some of the museums that we wanted to visit were closed (like the museum of the ancient Agora). We also got a chance to visit the island of Aegina for a day.
I personally didn’t see any references to computational archaeology this time. However, work in the area has deffinitely been done, as you will see in the following links, with some of my holiday photos sprinkled around:
- 3D modeling of what the various ruins in Athens would have looked like– Quite a comprehensive site which includes 3D visualisations of the various sites around Athens browsable by era. Highly recommended, you could spend quite a bit of time looking through all these models.
- Brightening the past: Acropolis Museum in Athens ‘restores’ Parthenon friezes to their original colours by using digital technology – A more detailed reconstruction of the Pantheon in the Acropolis used by the Acropolis museum. Interestingly enough, the Acropolis was rather well preserved until 1687. During the Great Turkish war during that period, the building was being used to store gunpowder, leading to an explosion after being fired upon. This completely destroyed the building.
- 3D model of Hadrian’s arch – This arch is close to the Acropolis, next to the temple of Zeus, each of its sides representing the city of Theseus and city of Hadrian respectively. The model is representative of the arche’S current state.
- 3D model of Temple of Zeus in Athens– This is a model of what the temple would have looked like.
- 3D models of the various buildings in Athens – You can explore the various Athenian buildings, such as the Acropolis, in a single model.
- 3D warehouse of buildings in ancient athens – a warehouse of individual 3D models for different ruins within Athens. This is a collaborative platform so you can add your ow models if you have any.
- 3D model of Aphaea temple in Aegina – moving towars our trip to Aegina, I quite enjoyed visiting this temple. It is the temple of Aphaea, the goddes of fertility and the agricultural cycle. It is located in a beatiful are with a view of the sea on both sides and is not covered in tourists. The building is also quite well preserved.
- Geophysical methods used for scanning bronze foundry – magnetometry (MAG), two- and three-dimensional electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), as well as two- and three-dimensional ground-penetrating radar (GPR) used to survey the Acropolis sanctuary, around bronze production site, in search for additional production sites.
- 3D Modelling of the Acropolis of Athens using balloon images and terrestrial laser scanning – a research paper involving aerial imaging and laser scanning of the Acropolis.
- Freely downloadable photographic archive of Agora objects – The Agora was the gathering place for the community. Athens has two Agoras. The first and main Agora which is now the name used to refer to a large archaeological site that includes the restored Agora, which is now a museum. The second is known as the Roman Agora and was, as the name states, built during the Roman period.
In addition to the above sites we also visited the following interesting sites for which I couldn’t find a dgital project:
- Hill of Kolona – a site containing a prehistoric Acropolis, the remains of the temple of Apollo and the ruins of an ancient Sinagogue.
- Medieval village of Paleachora – The remains of a medieval village, hidden on a hill from pirates, of which pretty much only the churches remain. There are little churches all over the place and a castle at the top of the hill.
Lastly, for the pottery enthusiasts: The hill of Paleachora is covered in surface pottery pieces. If you enjoy spotting these it is a nice place to do it. Here is a picture my favourite find (Plese remember to leave them where you found them if you visit!):