Understand the Past with 3D Visualization - The Temple of Poseidon Rose Again

The Temple of Poseidon, once a magnificent classical architecture overlooking the Aegean Sea, has laid in ruin since the end of the 4th century A.D. The Temple was first built in the 7th century B.C. and had been reconstructed three times between then and 146 B.C. Today, all that are left are some of its slender Doric columns and the base.

How can we better understand physical structures of the past today? 3D visualization comes to help. Dale Mertes, ASTS’s visualization expert, helped John and Peggy Sanders at the Oriental Institute create 3D visualizations to illustrate the evolution of the temple, the sanctuary and its surrounding terrain as they underwent periods of building, decay, rebuilding, and expansion.

Working side-by-side with Peggy Sanders, and using countless photographs and reference materials from University of Chicago Excavations at Isthmia and other researchers, Mertes was able to create an accurate and near-perfect-scale model of this complex and vast site.

Mertes and Sanders created several animations showing the temple’s interior and exterior. Several more animations from an aerial view showed the sanctuary as well as ancient roads and sewers. These animations were used for research and education at the Oriental Institute and University of Chicago, including kiosks at the Oriental Institute Museum. Here is a sample of one of these videos:

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