Digital Karnak in VSim

VSim is a simple-to-use interface for exploring computer models of historic sites and environments. A publication prototype of the Digital Karnak 3D model was loaded in the VSim software and is available for download by the public. This prototype includes the early New Kingdom phases of the temple with robust documentation of sources and reconstruction design choices. To interactively fly the Digital Karnak model, users must download both the VSim software and the model file. A user guide and directions for installing the software are available on the VSim downloads page. The Digital Karnak Vsim package was created in VSim 1.0 in 2017 and updated for release in VSim 2.0 in 2021. 


Publications Featuring Digital Karnak

Sullivan, Elaine and Lisa M. Snyder (2017), “Digital Karnak: An experiment in publication and peer review of interactive, three-dimensional content.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(4).


Sullivan, Elaine, Angel D. Nieves, and Lisa M. Snyder (2017). “Making the Model: Scholarship and Rhetoric in 3D Historical Reconstructions.” In Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities, Debates in the Digital Humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 301–316.


Wendrich, Willeke (2014). “Visualizing the dynamics of monumentality.” In Approaching monumentality in archaeology. Albany: State University of New York Press, 409–430.


Sullivan, Elaine (2012). “Visualizing the Size and Movement of the Portable Festival Bark at Karnak Temple.” British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan, 19. 


Lawler, Andrew (2010). “Karnak: Where the Digital Age Meets Ancient Egypt.” Humanities, the magazine of the NEH, Jan/Feb, vol. 31, no. 1.  


Sullivan, Elaine and Willeke Wendrich (2009). “An Offering to Amun-Ra: Building a Virtual Reality Model of Karnak.” In N. Strudwick (Ed.), Information Technology and Egyptology in 2008. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 109–128.