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Digital Karnak Project Launches Website

Digital Karnak Project Launches Website

Digital Karnak Project Launches Website

The Digital Karnak Project is pleased to announce the launch of its website: The Digital Karnak Project, based at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), aims to make the ancient Egyptian site of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the English-speaking world.

Attendees of ARCE's 59th Annual Meeting in Seattle may recall Elaine Sullivan speaking about the website project. The features of the website have been designed to provide college classrooms (and the interested public) with easily accessible, up-to-date, expert material relating to the famous temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak, located in modern day Luxor, Egypt.

The website features a geographically-referenced "time-map" highlighting the areas of the temple under construction during the reign of each Egyptian king, thematic videos of a 3D Virtual Reality model of the temple along with corresponding instructional texts, individual descriptions of each temple building recreated on the Virtual Reality model and a fully interactive Google Earth version of the model. We hope educators and students will use these free digital resources to more effectively teach and learn about the complex spatial and chronological changes that took place during the 1500 years of building activity at Karnak temple.

The Digital Karnak Project website is best viewed using Mozilla Firefox 2 (PC and Mac), Internet Explorer 7 (PC), and Safari 3 (Mac).

The Digital Karnak Project is funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Steinmetz Family Trust. The project was made possible through UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE). For more information on IDRE's Humanities, Arts and Architecture, Social and Information Sciences Core (IDRE-HASIS) visit

The Digital Karnak Project is directed by UCLA professors Dr. Diane Favro and Dr. Willeke Wendrich.

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