Digital Egypt for Universities [DRAFT]
000000556387 [Internet Resource]
Digital Egypt for universities. URL: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/Welcome.html
Created by the University College London at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology with funds from the Joint Information Systems Committee. Stephen Quirke, a reader and curator of the Petrie Museum, manages the site. According to the learning resources page, “The primary aim of the website is support for learning across different disciplines—including learners and teachers who may know nothing about, or even be interested in, Egypt. The site is aimed at you especially if your subject includes a historical dimension—architecture, art, medicine, science, religion, literature, gender studies, cultural studies, museum studies.” The site is divided into eight parts: archaeological record; art and architecture; communication technologies; ideology and beliefs; technology and industry; contacts between peoples; social history; the exact sciences. At the top of every page is a navigational bar to take the user to the homepage, timeline, maps, A-Z index or learning. The chronology page has extensive links to the different time periods. There are more maps throughout the site than are listed on the maps page. Introductory guides for the different time periods are there for the novice. Pages load quickly. There is no searching capability on the site. Full-color plans and maps of temples, cities, palaces and artifacts—all of which discuss the archaeological record—are easily accessible. In some cases, nothing remains at the site but the web creators decided to recreate via computer technology images to give users some idea as to the possible shape and size of the buildings. These three-dimensional models/reconstructions require a VRML plug-in. A link to free VRML-readable software, Cosmo Player, is listed, on the VRML site (http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk//3d/instruction.html), but links to a site where Computer Associates states that they no longer support Cosmo Player. The Petrie Museum eventually hopes to be able to translate the site into Spanish and Arabic. Highly recommended for all levels.