Monday, 4 May 2009

The Greatest Discoveries on Earth

There is a really lovely build from Rezzable that has recently opened, at least in preview mode - King Tutankhamen.

Get in the balloon and look down on the Sudan and Egypt, see the Nile and the Red Sea or visit the tomb of King Tut, check his
Note from Rezzable:
This area has been developed over the last 12 months as part of our research into what is the best use of virtual world technology.

We believe that the online, 3D, immersive environment can be an amazing way to experience the ancient world. Explore time and place. See amazing details from stunning artefacts. Enjoy this unique experience with friends and archaeology experts.

As you teleport to the Virtual Kings you land in The Arrival area – Watch the ground and the sky around you, it gives the impression of being in space. This is where Audio-on-demand begins introducing a) Creation b) The Valley of the Kings c) King Tutankhamen and politics d) Geography and History. You start the journey of exploration by teleporting from here.

There are four "Must See" areas:

1) The Tomb Wall Paintings – You can walk down into the tomb that had been hidden from the world for over 3000 years before being discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. Study the wall paintings and the beautifully made artefacts in the Tomb. It does really look like the Valley of the Kings!

2) The Collection Gallery: The funerary shrines are wonderful, so detailed they could be the real things, you could easily imagine yourself in Cairo Museum! There were four gilded shrines nested one inside the other. The innermost of these covered a stone sarcophagus. Inside that were three coffins - the innermost being made of 110 kilograms of solid gold, inside that lay the pharaoh himself wearing the famous gold mask.

Make sure on your visit that you touch the coffin that rests in its own room! The coffin layers peel apart to show how they fit together. Touch a section again to enlarge and view the piece. It is impossible to get this clarity of visualisation from a visit to the museum. There is also more an audio-on-demand here explaining about the sarcophagus.

3) The Amarna area - Amarna was an Egyptian capital for a brief 30 years, built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). Located on the east bank of the Nile River, and according to the Amarna Project, Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt, as well as the first site to include depictions of daily life, thus providing a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian.
It looks so like the Nile Valley with date trees, papyrus reeds, temples etc. There are even hippopotamuses in the water - I never saw any of them when I was in Egypt, water buffalo was the most exotic I encountered - but I was not around 3000 years ago :-)

4) The Cosmic Gallery: Turn your music stream on and view the objects in a setting that invites boundless thinking about our place in the universe. This is just amazing, cam round to find the artefacts – all as items in space.

This build is really beautiful, I have already spent a lot of time there getting to know it :-)

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