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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Ancient Rome 3D

An interesting recent application shows a visual overlay of ancient Rome on top of Google Earth. You can fly through Rome and visit some of the of the well known buildings of AD 320 under the emperor Constantine.

A good example of how historical layers can be added to a current satellite map. The navigation of the space is still a bit quirky, probably related to my slower machine, but fun for those interested in visual history. An impressive amount of visual and descriptive data was put together. You could imagine this being used to build historical models of any spaces on earth to record their evolution. More at the Rome Reborn website And also a video demonstration of the idea.

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