Recording Nabatean heritage in Hegra, Dadan, Jabal Ikmah and Abu Ud

Saudi Arabia,
2020-currently

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Pedro Miró recording with a LiDAR scanner © Otto Lowe for Factum Foundation

On 21st September 2020, Otto Lowe and Pedro Miró from Factum Foundation arrived in AlUla to start the largest high-resolution 3D recording project to be undertaken in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The work, commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), is planned to last for more than a year and will result in the production of a high-resolution 3D model of the Nabatean archaeological site of Hegra (also known as Mada’in Salih or Al-Ḥijr) as well as Dadan, Jabal Ikmah and Abu Ud.

The data from the recording of the historic landscape at AlUla (Hegra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), will be processed by Factum’s experts and will be handed over to the Royal Commission for AlUla. The RCU will own the data for all current and future applications. Extensive work is currently underway to find an aesthetically beautiful way to view the data so it can dynamically respond in real time.

This information will be critical for the preservation of this extraordinary site as it becomes the focus of the country's drive to attract cultural tourism. High-resolution recording will not only help attract visitors but it will be essential to record a site that has been overlooked for many years. Condition monitoring and conservation mapping will provide a detailed framework for the archaeologists working on the site.

Factum Foundation is delighted to collaborate with the Royal Commission for AlUla on this ambitious project to preserve the heritage landmarks and cultural legacy of the Nabateans in and around the AlUla oasis.

© Otto Lowe for Factum Foundation

Pedro Miró recording with a LiDAR scanner © Otto Lowe for Factum Foundation

Render of the entrance to one of the tombs in AlUla © Factum Foundation for RCU

Pedro Miró recording the entrance of a tomb using a LiDAR scanner © Otto Lowe for Factum Foundation

Point cloud (still to be processed) of one of the sites, using the data acquired from the LiDAR recording © Factum Foundation for RCU

Point cloud (still to be processed) of one of the sites, using the data acquired from the LiDAR recording © Factum Foundation for RCU

Render from the unfinished 3D model of a harpy decorating one of the entrances, created after merging the data gathered from LiDAR and photogrammetry © Factum Foundation for RCU

© Osama Dawod for Factum Foundation

Robert Kesack operating a LiDAR scanner © Osama Dawod for Factum Foundation

© Osama Dawod for Factum Foundation

© Osama Dawod for Factum Foundation


 

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