Monday 20 April 2020

Herculaneum 3D Scan: free online 3D point clouds

This community hasn't been so active for a while but I thought that maybe in these coronavirus times, it might be useful to share some of the online material being made available for the Vesuvian sites.

Let me start with Herculaneum 3D Scan which is making 3D point clouds available of a series of areas within the site. The first one - the entire site - is already online and a new house will be added each Wednesday (this week the House of the Beautiful Courtyard). Please note that these are not just the usual "virtual tours" but the technical data that can be used by scholars and practitioners to view the buildings, measure them and even extract sections. As a result they are best viewed from a laptop, rather than a phone.

Official description from the website of Herculaneum Archaeological Park:

“Herculaneum 3D SCAN” is a small preview of data collected as part of the long-term programme for the documentation and monitoring of the archaeological site of Herculaneum made possible by the extraordinary support of the Packard Humanities Institute. The intention is to share results with a larger and more diverse community including scholars, heritage professionals and the wider public. It can be seen as a shared experiment exploring not only how people engage with cultural heritage through digital resources, a reality well known to the general public, but also the benefits of providing working tools for the heritage sector.
The 3D point clouds:  The 3D point clouds were acquired to inform conservation planning work over the last five years. The data relates to some of the most important domus of the ancient Herculaneum. These are not “virtual reconstructions” but real three-dimensional scans: very high-density 3D point clouds acquired by 3D laser scanners and photogrammetric drone images. It is possible for the user to relocate within the 3D clouds and visit the different ancient spaces of a Roman house virtually. They cann measure distances, surfaces, volumes or even extract sections. The results of these activities can then be exported in the most common software formats.

Friday 1 November 2019

You can continue to use

Well the Brexit deadline of 31st October came and went. 

The good news is that we have found a solution that will allow the continued use of now and long into the future unaffected by Brexit.

We will update you if anything changes in the future but we believe the issue is sorted once and for all.

We wish our .eu users many happy hours and years on

Jackie and Bob

Wednesday 18 September 2019 users and Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal on 31st October

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This is because a web site registered for a UK citizen with a UK address will no longer be allowed.

As we are two pensioners with only one home, in the UK, we do not have access to an EU address/subsidiary.

From the 1st January will stop working

Normally we would automatically redirect you to one of our other sites but if is not working neither will any redirection.

This will not help you if you find us via an existing search engine link as you will be told the site does not exist and denied access.

We are powerless to do anything about this petty, farcical state of affairs.

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If you have a published reference or bookmark with in it, the simplest way to deal with it is to change the eu to org (or eu to com/pompeiiinpictures).

If the UK has a deal

The same issue still arises but the site will be closed down after a year or so, whatever is the Brexit deal transition period.

Our apologies

We know a lot of you in Europe use

Please accept our apologies for this situation which is not of our making and we hope you continue to find pompeiiinpictures as valuable as you have in the past.

If you have an ideas on how to better tackle this problem we would welcome any input.

Jackie and Bob

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Villa dei Papiri Exhibition 

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri
at the Getty Villa, June 26-October 28, 2019

Thursday 13 June 2019

News from the Getty Conservation Institute

Public Programs

The Future of the Past at Herculaneum

Getty Villa
Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 7:30 pm

Francesco Sirano, director of the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum (PA-ERCO), discusses the past, present, and future of the site buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Excavated in 1738, a decade before nearby Pompeii, Herculaneum presents challenges and opportunities different from its more famous neighbor. Sirano addresses exciting new finds, conservation issues, and recent efforts to boost public awareness and engagement.

Free. Advance ticket required.

Of related interested:
Conservation of the Architectural Surfaces in the Tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary, Herculaneum. This report details GCI's collaborative project with PA-ERCO and the Herculaneum Conservation Project on the conservation of the tablinum from 2011 through 2016.
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