Knossos was the first site excavated to be attributed to what would become known as the Minoan culture, which inhabited the island of Crete during its Bronze Age (c3,500-1,100 BCE). While its excavator, Sir Arthur Evans, was not the first to use the term ‘Minoan’, Evans’s work and interpretation of the remains at Knossos would come to define the character of Bronze Age Crete up to the present day.
This ArcSeer world shows the central area of the so-called ‘palace’ at Knossos during the Neopalatial period, period III in Reusch’s chronology. I have used a model from the Google 3D warehouse, uploaded by the user ‘rebuilder’, as the primary source for this ArcSeer world. Overall, I have found this representation of the Knossos building record to be largely accurate and true to the various attempts at reconstruction that have emerged over the years.
The fortress site of Masada is located at the edge of the Dead Sea in the Holy Land. It played a significant role in a series of Jewish revolts that took place in reaction to oppressive Roman occupation in the second half of the first century CE. The site became famous as the setting for the final stand of a group of hard-line Jewish rebels known as the Sicarii who made a last stand against the Roman army in 72 CE. The Jewish historian, Josephus, gives us his account of the episode and the events that led up to it in his Bellum Judaicum. The ArcSeer world presents the plateau site as it is found today. Notice the remarkable preservation of the fortress on top of the plateau whose core was originally constructed by King Herod The Great and the circumvallation wall and series of camps that the Romans built during the siege.
The Gallery world allows you to field-test the ArcSeer environment. The environment encountered is purely a product of the ArcSeer Team’s imagination. Use the Gallery world to move about and generally get a feel for the system. We have included some interesting objects that you can observe and interact with. One of them is a slightly Gothic looking bench model that is a representation of a real-world bench found in the environs of Cambridge, England. We used photogrammetry to create a 3D model of it. It’s far from a perfect representation but we’re working on it. :) Expect more such innovations to be included in ArcSeer environments in the coming weeks.
Petsofa is a Minoan peak sanctuary that is located in East Crete. It was excavated by Myres in 1903 and by Davaras in the 1970s. It is generally seen as having two main periods, the first beginning MM1 and the second from MM III-LM I.
The site of Priniatikos Pyrgos is a multi-period site located in East Crete. Its earliest phases show signs of significant activity in the Early Minoan phase and the site appears to have seen almost continual occupation right through the Minoan period and on into the Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval phases.
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