Digital Saqqara: A New View of the Late Period/Early Ptolemaic Sacred Animal Landscape of North Saqqara – by Scott Williams

Scott came to speak  at Taunton, recommended by Prof. Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University.  Combining his different areas of expertise, Scott had recently digtalised Saqqara during the Ptolemaic Period

He began by recounting that the site at North Saqqara has a history of use dating back over 5000 years, and the site represents the principal necropolis of Memphis, once the capital of ancient Egypt.  During the Late (747-332 BC) and Ptolemaic (332-30 BC) Periods, the necropolis served not only for human burials, but the northern area of the site became a nexus for the burials of millions of sacred animals.

Scott explained that although detailed research has been undertaken on the sacred animal funerary installations, the wider sacred landscape has been overlooked.

During his talk Scott talked of the relationship between the sacred animal monuments, the topography and their place in the sacred landscape – all of which has been made possible through the application of 3D digital technologies and his brilliant representation of Saqqara and the area around the Serapeum.

It was a brilliant talk – his images were captivating and brought ancient necropolis alive and right up to date – in a way that nothing else could achieve.

Fabulous Scott – I do hope to hear you speak again and soon, Thanks.

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