Structural and lighting models for the Minoan Cemetery at Phourni, Crete

Costas Papadopoulos, Graeme Earl

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The importance of death to the living is of interest to scholars in a range of disciplines. This paper describes a computer-based research project undertaken to create a series of alternative readings of the dataset from the Minoan cemetery at Phourni, Crete. This attempted to evaluate the tombs' architecture, use, visual impact, their capacity as well as the contribution of illumination to their interior, by using computer graphic methodologies. However, since the software deployed is primarily developed for use in other fields, there are certain limitations and difficulties for a virtual reconstruction of such an archaeological site, which can prevent production of a model that is accurate in every detail. This paper will discuss the results and these constraints. It will also address problems and innovative components, suggesting potential solutions and recommending additional work for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVAST'09 Proceedings of the 10th International conference on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
EditorsKurt Debattista, Cinzia Perlingieri, Denis Pitzalis, Sandro Spina
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherEurographics Association
ISBN (Print)978-3-905674-18-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational conference on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage - Malta, St. Julians, Malta
Duration: 22 Sep 200925 Sep 2009


ConferenceInternational conference on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Abbreviated titleVAST'09
CitySt. Julians


  • 3D
  • 3D visualisation
  • 3D reconstruction
  • light
  • illumination
  • lighting analysis
  • cemeteries
  • Bronze Age
  • Crete

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