General Description

One of the basic aims of iMARECULTURE project was the development of a 3D library of ancient (classical era) ships. Thought this page, this task will facilitate researchers to have access on the 3D models of three ancient ships, created based on scientific publications and 2D drawings. All models presented below have been simplified, mainly for computational aspects, but we expect that soon computing power will allow us to further refine models with more detail. The main scope of these models is to intrigue public interest and hopefully raise awareness to ancient world seafaring history and why not…, inspire a future generation of nautical archaeologists. The secondary scope of these 3D models is to be used by scholars, as an open source library. If you use these models please site:

D. Skarlatos, P. Agrafiotis, T. Balogh, F. Bruno, F. Castro, B. Davidde Petriaggi, S. Demesticha, A. Doulamis, P. Drap, A. Georgopoulos, F. Kikillos, P. Kyriakidis, F. Liarokapis, C. Poullis, S. Rizvic, 2016. Project iMARECULTURE: Advanced VR, iMmersive serious games and Augmented REality as tools to raise awareness and access to European underwater CULTURal heritagE. International Conference on Cultural Heritage, Nov. 1-5, Nicosia. EuroMed 2016, 8th international conference. Lecture Notes for Computer Science – LNCS, SPRINGER VERLAG.

Available 3D ships

3D model of Ma’agan Michael ship
This detailed 3D model of the Ma’agan Michael ship was inspired on what we know from the archaeological record. There are two scholarly reconstructions of this hull. We based our model on the Jay Rosloff set of lines mainly for aesthetic reasons. Even though Henry Winters and Yaacov Kahanov produced a second set of lines, later and with more data, we decided to develop our model from Jay Rosloff’s drawings because they look more in tune with the iconography available for vessels of this period. There are several versions available in different formats.

3D model of Kyrenia Ship
This detailed 3D model of a late Classical ship was inspired of what we know from the archaeological record. There are several versions of this reconstructed vessel, available in different formats. The present model was developed based on J. Richard Steffy’s drawings, with kind permission of Susan Katzev.

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