Retour au reportage Retour au reportage

© Emmanuel LAROZE / MAFS / Orient & Méditerranée / CNRS Images



Archaeological precision to the pixel

Surprising though it may seem, this bird’s eye view of the remains of the funerary complex of Queen Ankhnespepy II, near Cairo (Egypt), was captured at ground level. It is in fact the horizontal projection of a 3D model of this architectural complex covering an area of 2,800 m2 constructed during the Sixth Dynasty (2374-2140 BC). This comprehensive, ultra-realistic reconstruction of the site combines more than 2,000 photographs taken over the course of three successive excavation campaigns. With a resolution of 2 mm per pixel, the document also brings together a huge amount of information that should facilitate the architectural investigation of this vast burial site.

Regional office(s)

Scientific topics

CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.