Videos about the Secondlife model

The hypostyle hall of the Mortuary Temple of Tuthmosis III in the state from 2017-08-31

Documentation of the rebuild hypostyle hall of the Mortuary Temple of Tuthmosis III in Deir el-Bahari in the virtual reality of Second Life, according to a model of M. Caban (Wroclaw University of Technology) and Dr. Monika Dolińska (National Museum in Warsaw) from Campaigns 2012-2013

The interior design at this time was not yet on the current state of knowledge, some interior doors and the two niches of the west wall in the hypostyle hall are still in the wrong place.

The Colonnades of Punt and Birth of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (in the model state from 2021-06-03)

Documentation of the famous "Colonnade of Punt" and "Colonnade of Birth" of the "Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut" of Deir el-Bahari in the virtual reality of Second Life,  on the basis of various original drawings of the murals from various scientific expeditions and partially coloured in a historically similar manner.

The columns of the colonnades are not yet completely provided with all of the original reliefs, but have placeholders on 2 sides (recognizable by lack of colouring).

The Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep II - "Main gate and middle courtyard" (in the model state from 2023-06-30)

"Main gateway and middle courtyard" of the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II

The project seen here is an attempt to reconstruct the main gate and the temple back to its original state using available scientific data. Since, apart from the foundation walls and a few column shafts, not much has survived the millennia, many questions about the construction are still unanswered today. Such is the appearance of the eastern main gate at the end of the causway that formed the entrance to the first courtyard and garden. The version of a pylon-like gate shown here is just a model based on a few clues that I would like to consider as a basis for discussion. The same applies to the dividing wall between the middle courtyard and the hypostyle hall. This wall can also only be recognized by its ground plan and joints on the foundation stones. We do not know how high it was, the design of its crest, or the shape of the passage. However, I would also like to encourage you to consider an architectural repetition of the entrance portal, as this could solve the problem of the different architrave heights and column alignments of the central courtyard and hypostyle hall by covering them. Possibly even by adding a semicircular wall crown, similar to the garden walls (deliberately left out here).


Background informations

Deir el-Bahari

Overview of the geographic location, and first imagery of the present state.


Dr. David Neiman talks about Hatshepsut (part 1)


Dr. David Neiman talks about Hatshepsut (part 2)


Dr. David Neiman talks about Hatshepsut (part 3)

The Large Kneeling Statues of Hatshepsut

A short introduction to the mortuary temple and the large kneeling statue of Hatshepsut.
Speakers are Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker; created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

Egypt's female Kings and Queens

Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt. Through a wealth of spectacular buildings, personal artefacts and amazing tombs, Joann brings to life four of ancient Egypt's most powerful female rulers and discovers the remarkable influence wielded by women, whose power and freedom was unique in the ancient world. Throughout Egypt's history, women held the title of pharaoh no fewer than 15 times, and many other women played key roles in running the state and shaping every aspect of life. Joann Fletcher puts these influential women back at the heart of our understanding, revealing the other half of ancient Egypt.

John Anthony West in the Mortuary temple of Hatshepsu

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut visited and presented by the well-known author John Anthony West. Today he is the leading authority and proponent of the 'Symbolist' school of Egyptology, an alternative interpretation of ancient Egyptian culture advanced by the French scholar and philosopher, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz. In the Symbolist view, Egyptian architecture and art disclose a richer and more universal wisdom than conventional Egyptology has assumed.

The Pharaoh who conquered the sea

Said by Amen, the Lord of the Thrones of the Two Land: 'Come, come in peace my daughter, the graceful, who art in my heart, King Maatkare [ie. Hatshepsut]...I will give thee Punt, the whole of it...I will lead your soldiers by land and by water, on mysterious shores, which join the harbours of incense...They will take incense as much as they like. They will load their ships to the satisfaction of their hearts with trees of green [i.e., fresh] incense, and all the good things of the land.'

In the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, Hatshepsut built a Red Sea fleet to facilitate trade between the head of the Gulf of Aqaba and points south as far as Punt to bring mortuary goods to Karnak in exchange for Nubian gold. Hatshepsut personally made the most famous ancient Egyptian expedition that sailed to Punt. During the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC, ships regularly crossed the Red Sea in order to obtain bitumen, copper, carved amulets, naptha and other goods transported overland and down the Dead Sea to Elat at the head of the gulf of Aqaba where they were joined with frankincense and myrrh coming north both by sea and overland along trade routes through the mountains running north along the east coast of the Red Sea.