Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use. Since moving to Harvard in 2011, the project has expanded its scope, partnering with other institutions around the world that excavated at Giza, to bring together as much data as possible about this complex site. The process of integrating and standardizing all of these records is ongoing. The project has utilized this vast quantity of information to begin building a 3D virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau as it may have looked when first built, providing new ways to sightsee, explore, and learn about the pyramids and their surrounding cemeteries. Currently under development, the Digital Giza website is seeking to integrate this virtual environment with more than a hundred years of scholarly research about Giza, using cutting-edge technology to study the distant past and preserve knowledge about this cultural heritage site for the future. The project’s team is continuing to explore and develop new interactive ways to experience ancient Giza, including virtual and augmented reality apps, 3D printing of ancient artifacts, and online teaching initiatives.
Tucked inside Google Earth is a geography quiz created in partnership with Atlas Obscura. The Natural Wonders Quiz is a multiple-choice challenge that asks students to identify special locations around the world.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.
For more than a century, countless visitors have gazed up at the Statue of Liberty, but no one has ever seen her quite like she appears in the new freeStatue of Liberty app, which brings her into the augmented-reality era. From anywhere in the world, the app’s users can look inside the statue, take in the view from beside the torch, and travel back in time to watch 200 years of New York City history unfold, right from the crown.