Chinese Tombs Immortalized by Laser Scanning

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- Wednesday December 19th, 2012 - 16:51 - Source: First 3D Laser Scanned Images of Chinese Tombs
The Scottish Ten and CyArk recently completed scanning and released images of the Eastern Qing tombs, marking the first time these imperial Chinese tombs have been documented with this method.

The Eastern Qing tombs (or the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties) are located in Zunhua, not far away from Beijing. They are the resting place for five emperors, 15 empresses, over 100 concubines. and several princes and princesses. The tomb was in use from 1666 to 1911. The mausoleum complex is renowned as the best preserved in China, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Eastern Qing Tombs - Source: Wikipedia

The Glasgow School of Art Media Centre has recently released the first images of the 3D laser scanning project completed by the Scottish Ten in association with CyArk. This project marks the first time the tombs have been scanned. The Scottish Ten reported in their trip journal that scanning and data management for the 15 separate tomb complexes was the largest scale project they had undertaken so far. 

Scanned Elephant Figure - Source: the Glasgow School of Art Media CentrePoint Cloud Image of the Jing Ling tomb - Source: the Glasgow School of Art Media Centre

Due to the complex layout of the site, which has six towers, 46 statues, ten bridges, two tombs, processual ways, and at least 20 ancilary structures meant that the normal two weeks were not sufficient. Instead, the project took four weeks.

Further information on the project, and additional images, can be found at the links below.

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