: J. Smoak & A. Mandell explore the monumentality of inscriptions in Jerusalem’s urban
spaces and thereby also texts themselves. These convey memories within a larger political or social narrative than architecture. doi.org/10.14361/9783839445389

As part of an international seminar, we conducted research on the reconstruction of the lighting conditions in Ancient Near Eastern sacral architecture.

Our approach was to compare and analyse four of the most common temple types in Ancient Mesopotamia in regard to their interior lighting conditions.

We used standardised 3D models of the different temple types for the study, which were built on the basis of textual and pictorial sources and material evidence,

🔗 artefacts-berlin.de/portfolio-

: @ArchaeoBasti & H. Franzmeier show, how to get from excavation data to a for an exhibition. They showcase the visualisation with the example of Pi-Ramesse in , capital of Ramesses II. This case is especially interesting as the remains of the city are not visible any more. Special strategies were needed to create an aesthetically and educationally sound solution.
The article is available as .

🔗 doi.org/10.11588/cipeg.2017.1.

Can a museum really forbid scanning their objects if they are presented publicly? A recent article by The Guardian presents us with a case between the Institute of Digital Archaeology against the British Museum. Is this a question about ownership?

🔗 archaeoinformatics.net/is-scan

In 2007/2008, an exhibition took place, that provided an insight into one of the oldest literary texts known today – the epic of , the mythical king of ancient Uruk.

We undertook the exhibition’s concept development and planning, together with students from the Freie Universität Berlin.
To illustrate scenes from the epic, the young artist Franziska Leischker produced a series of screen prints exclusively for the exhibition and the catalogue.

🔗 artefacts-berlin.de/portfolio-

So I defended my in and it was an intense couple of weeks until it was finally over. I prepared for it, I practiced for it and I delivered. While everything was exhausting, it ended very well. As a German however, I am still no doctor yet. So I have to publish now and then, only then I get the title.... Well, Germany seems to be a bit behind other countries in that regard.

🔗 itsmoreofacomment.com/2022/05/

The one and only time I’ve visited the UK I made sure to visit the British Museum, because I grew up in Egypt, and every museum there has several exhibits that are just a sign reading “we’d love to show you this, but the British stole it to put in the British Museum”

Tepe Gawra, kurdish for “the great mound”, is situated in . The site offers an almost continuous sequence of occupation from the 5th to the 2nd millennium BCE. The “Round House” itself dates to around 4000 BCE.

Our architectural reconstruction is based upon analyses, the excavation reports, and related literature. Since the reconstruction is, of course, only tentative, we decided to illustrate the level of certainty in the model through colour coding.

🔗 artefacts-berlin.de/portfolio-

A while ago I predicted, that the movie “Eternals” will be a colonialist disaster, but maybe at least entertaining. While I was right with the first prediction, I was wrong with the latter. It is a disaster, but not even entertaining.
In this post, I review the film and why I think it sets a bad example for showing the past in modern media.

🔗 itsmoreofacomment.com/2022/05/

A few days ago, @ArchaeoBasti posted a link (mastodon.online/@ArchaeoBasti/) to information about the 3D model he helped build for the so-called "Red House" (6th/5th centuries BCE) at the Neo-Assyrian site of Dur-Katlimmu (modern Tell Schech Hamad in Syria).

Prompted by that post, I've added a #PleiadesGazetteer record for the structure, which boasted residential/domestic, storage, and administrative areas: pleiades.stoa.org/places/80204


In a Nod to Changing Norms, Smithsonian Adopts Policy on Ethical Returns


: Erik Champion explains how video games can help learning in .
He asks the question of game mechanics and how these are used.
What should a consist of, if it is to teach us something?


"The point of postmodern theories such as deconstruction is not that all interpretations are equally good, but that all knowledge is necessarily a construction"

Z. Bahrani 2011, Women of Babylon, 13.

The so-called “Red House” was uncovered at the centre of the lower city of Tell Schech Hamad. It was built and utilised during the Neo-Babylonian Period (626–539 BCE), and eventually destroyed by fire.

We created a 3D model of the re-plastered remains of the “Red House” in order to gain a visual impression of the project’s possible outcome regarding the heights of its walls etc. Additionally, the visualisations were used to present the project to potential sponsors.

🔗 artefacts-berlin.de/portfolio-

Nice article about Musks Twitter acquisition and how he overestimated his possibilities.

"But back in the day, Twitter also described itself as ‘the free speech wing of the free speech party’. Then it collided with porn bots, cyberbullies and terrorist extremists. ‘We have tried that. It did not work, Elon,’ says a former Twitter executive.”


So I am preparing for my PhD defense in about two weeks, but am not sure really what to do except to read my own dissertation... I guess I will see? Any tips from anyone?

Mastodon for Android has been installed over 32K times! Still only 400 ratings though. Please don't forget to rate the app!

@mguhlin Yes, confirmed. I just put an RSS feed based on


into a feed reader and it worked.

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