Blocking in the temple….

The temple boundaries have started to take shape.

I had the opportunity to show progress of the temple to Christopher Watts’ 4th year anthropology class at the University of Waterloo.  Although I’m still at a preliminary stage, few questions came up around reference material.  

Are the images being used as reference from the same period as the el-Hibeh temple?

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of existing architectural resources around the period Hibeh temple was constructed (during the 22nd dynasty). The illustrations by Ranke, which I’m using for the preliminary model on, are largely based on conjecture (how he imagined the temple might have look like).  Dealing with only a front, side, and top orthographic images there is quite a bit of information that is being lost in translation.  To fill in the gaps, I’ve begun to use images of similar structures from different periods. For example, I’m using the Temple of Hathor, Dendera (from the 1st century BC)  to understand how the front screen was integrated into the first row of columns.

Dendera Temple complexPhoto by: Vladimir Bozhilov  Licenced from:



Author: Kris Howald

I was immersed into the world of virtual archeology for my Masters Research Project at Ryerson University.  The focus of this project was the digital reconstruction of the el-Hibeh temple in Egypt.  After four months I believe I was able to demonstrate the potential this medium has to offer as a way of bridging the past and present. I'm currently visualizing the past, present, and future of a pre-contact indigenous community.

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