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Palace of Knossos Mapped in 3D

image of scanning the Palace of Knossos

A Greek student from Crete who studies at the University of Sunderland in England has mapped the Palace of Knossos utilizing 3D laser scanning equipment.

From the Greek Reporter by Tasos Kokkinidis.

George Vasilakis, who is studying BSc Web and Mobile Development, used cutting-edge technology provided by the university for his project.

The research aims to create new ways for audiences to interact with archaeological sites, using these scans to create a virtual reality experience of the palace and use the University’s 3D printers to construct physical models.

As a native Cretan, it’s a dream come true to access restricted areas of the palace.

“The Palace of Knossos is not only the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete but also the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization,” Vasilakis told the University of Sunderland magazine.

“This remarkable monument, with its complex architecture and stunning frescoes, offers invaluable insights into Europe’s first advanced civilization.

“Through my research, I hope to support Crete’s bid to secure UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage status for Knossos and other significant Minoan palaces.”

Mapping the Palace of Knossos with 3D laser

He added: “Conducting my dissertation at Knossos is a pinnacle moment not just for me, but for the University of Sunderland’s commitment to student-led research that contributes to preserving world heritage.

“I’m excited to process the data and uncover new insights about this fascinating ancient civilization.”

Vasilakis had to get special permission from the Greek Ministry of Culture, all made possible through the support of the University and the Faculty of Technology.

Paul Graham, Interim Associate Head of Computing at the University of Sunderland, said: “George came to speak with me about his project idea, which is a great project for the faculty and his final year dissertation.

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