Digital Technologies Expo
Angkor is one of the most significant archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Sprawling over 400 km2, the world heritage Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia contains the remains of successive capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. For almost a decade, Monash University’s Visualising Angkor Project has explored the evidence based 3D modelling and animation of the past. Recently, we have been drawing upon new archaeological surveys to develop a virtual map that renders the Angkor archaeological park not as a modern-day ruin but as a living, operational metropolis of the early 14th century, replete with glittering temples, dense wooden settlements and thousands of tree lined rice fields. Though this immersive virtual world offers a unique perspective into Angkor as a tropical city, there is also the opportunity to use it as a canvas to contextualize the ‘voice’ of Angkor – the epigraphic inscriptions that tell the story of Angkor’s art, ecology, and economy, and offer first hand insights into its political, religious, and cultural development.
This presentation is divided into two parts; the first part overviews the diverse sources informing the creation of the many 3D models from which the virtual world is made. The second part will review the integration of medieval written records within the virtual model of the city, where reconstructions of the cultural landscape of Angkor are overlaid with excerpts from the corpus of Khmer epigraphy, each corresponding to the location where the inscription was first discovered.
Visualising Angkor: Part 1 - Envisaging a Living City https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/DAKCaZFzDpVCKw
Visualising Angkor: Part 2 - A New Reconstruction of Angkor Wat https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/UwKSRNSRibIZKg