One of the most important tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, that of Seti I, is being replicated digitally by Factum Arte to allow visitors to experience the treasures and atmosphere without further damage to the original tomb.
The Madrid company has just opened a copy of King Tutankhamun’s burial vault in an underground chamber in Luxor, where visitors and experts claim the experience is almost indistinguishable from visiting the ancient site.
Scanners and high-resolution photography are used to produce resin panels overlaid with printed membranes that capture every detail of the original surface, paradoxically giving Egyptologists more information than is accessible at the original site.
Factum Arte have found a clever way to allow tourists to experience ‘ancient’ structures that were built to last for millenniae, but not to survive the wear and tear of visitors. In so doing, they may finally allow the pharaohs the quiet and privacy they would originally have expected from their burial chambers.