The Facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I

The rock-cut tomb of Seti I (1290–1279 BC) is the largest and most important of its kind in the Valley of the Kings. In 1817, more than 3000 years after the pharaoh’s death, the Italian circus strongman Giovanni Battista Belzoni discovered it, triggering an intense fascination with a monument that was built to last for eternity. Since its discovery, it has suffered serious decay due to attempts to preserve it and problems caused by tourism.

The Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative has studied, recorded and reconstructed the tomb of Seti I to present today – 200 years after its discovery– a facsimile of Seti I.

Egypt Uncovered Sir John Soane´s Museum (until 15 Apr 2018)
Scanning Seti Antikenmuseum Basel (until 6 May 2017)

Virtual tour of the tomb of Seti I
3D video animation of the Sarcophagus of Seti I

Printing skins and adding colour
Re-materializing data
Squeezes, an invasive conservation technique

2017 Scanning Seti (article)
2017 Two hundred years in the life of Seti (booklet)
2017 Scanning Seti (exhibition catalogue, in German)
2016 Copying the Sarcophagus (article)
2002 Recording Seti (book)

Recording the Tomb of Seti I


Re-materializing Seti I


Facsimile of Seti I


Scanning Seti: The regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb


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