The Virtual and Physical Reconstruction of the Octagon and Hadrian’s Temple in Ephesus

  • Ursula Quatember
  • Barbara Thuswaldner
  • Robert Kalasek
  • Bernd Breuckmann
  • Christiane Bathow
Conference paper
Part of the Contributions in Mathematical and Computational Sciences book series (CMCS, volume 3)

Abstract

The so-called Octagon and the Hadrian’s Temple are two prominent buildings in the city center of Roman Ephesus. The Octagon, a monumental tomb monument from the first century B.C., is possibly the grave of the Ptolemaic princess Arsinoe IV, sister of the famous Cleopatra VII. Research on this building was started in 2005. The Hadrian’s Temple was re-erected shortly after its excavation in the 1959s and is therefore one of the prominent landmarks of the site. A new project on its investigation was started in 2009. Both structures have been documented by means of 3D surface scanning. This article presents the first results of both projects. It focuses on the goals, the challenges and the potential that this method offers to archaeologists and architectural historians.

Keywords

Archaeological documentation Ephesus 3D-scanning Virtual reconstruction 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the head of the Ephesos excavation, S. Ladstätter, for supporting the projects. The director of the Efes Müzesi Selçuk, C. Topal, enabled the scanning of the original frieze blocks in the museum. M. Büyükkolancı made the scanning of fragments possible that are now stored at the Basilica of St. John in Selçuk. F. Öztürk was an invaluable help for organisation, as well as the workmen Yusuf Turan and Mustafa Cobanoğlu and the foreman İbrahim Kınacı. Ch. Kurtze provided the necessary surveying data. We would also like to acknowledge UT Vienna/Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning for infrastructure and IT support as well as UT Vienna/Institute of History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration (Prof. M. Doering-Williams) for collaboration and Hilke Thuer for valuable discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ursula Quatember
    • 1
  • Barbara Thuswaldner
    • 1
  • Robert Kalasek
    • 2
  • Bernd Breuckmann
    • 3
  • Christiane Bathow
    • 3
  1. 1.Österreichisches Archäologisches InstitutViennaAustria
  2. 2.Dept. of Spatial Development and Infrastructure & Environmental PlanningVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  3. 3.Breuckmann GmbHMeersburgGermany

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