Last Supper Site Preserved with 3D Laser Scanning

This in-depth article features the 3D laser scanning of what is claimed to be the site of the Last Supper.

From an article in Fox News by James Rogers

poin cloud - Last Supper Room - The Cenacle - Alex Wiegmann, IAA

Last Supper Room – The Cenacle – Alex Wiegmann, IAA

The room venerated as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper has been revealed in stunning detail thanks to remarkable 3D laser scanning technology.

A Christian holy site, the Cenacle (from the Latin for ‘dining room’), is located on the upper floor of the King David’s Tomb complex on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Archaeologists have harnessed sophisticated 3D mapping equipment to unlock the Cenacle’s secrets. “I felt like I was in the book by Dan Brown, ‘The Da Vinci Code’,” Amit Re’em, Jerusalem district archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAI), told Fox News. “We needed to decipher the ancient symbols.”

Re’em explained that the 3D mapping of the Cenacle and King David’s Tomb is part of an ongoing project that began in 2016. “This place is sacred to three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” he said. “It’s very, very sensitive – you cannot conduct classic archaeological excavations.”

Keen to find out more about the Cenacle, however, IAI archaeologists teamed up with experts from the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Archaeological Research (INZ) in Austria and the Cyprus Archaeological Institution to conduct 3D laser scans of the room.

“We mapped to reach every corner of this ancient place — we could penetrate the stone and create accurate models of the space,” Re’em said, noting that the team spotted fascinating features within the room.

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