Digital preservation of Pompeii

From the ANCIEN-L list (via Thoughts on Antiquity):

Friends and colleagues: The ruins of Pompeii are crumbling, but the digital imaging project known as CyArk is generating a three-dimensional record of the site that will be available for future generations. This part of the ambitious CyArk Project is described in Pompeii: A CyArk Case Study, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel (

Pompeii exemplifies CyArk, a project of the Kacyra Family Foundation that is preserving the world’s most valued cultural heritage sites in three-dimensional digital form. Buried in A.D. 79 beneath a thick mantle of volcanic deposits by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, much of Pompeii has been uncovered, only to decay steadily from natural and human causes. This video shows how CyArk is preserving the site in digital imagery through laser scanning technology and the most accurate 3D models possible today.

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Richard M. Pettigrew, Ph.D., RPA

President and Executive Director
Archaeological Legacy Institute



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