Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb

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Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb

The rock-cut tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Battista Belzoni, is the most outstanding burial site in the Valley of the Kings. Once extolled for its immaculate preservation, the grave is now in a pitiful state owing to the depredations of ruthless souvenir hunters.

An exact copy of the 3,300-year-old royal tomb is on display in an impressive special exhibition at the Antikenmuseum Basel. Thanks to watercolours documenting its wonderful decorations, made at the time of the discovery, combined with the most up-to-date scanning and reproduction processes, it has been possible to recreate the tomb in its original beauty.

Climb down into the magnificent burial chambers of Seti I and discover the pharaonic monument in all its ancient glory, as Belzoni did 200 years ago.

(Photo: Courtesy of Skulpturhalle)

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