Recreation of Tut's tomb... click here to begin journey
When British archaeologist Howard Carter first peered through a small crevice into the darkened tomb of King Tutankhamen, someone asked if he saw anything worthwhile.
"Yes," he said, "I see wonderful things."
British metaverse developer Rezzable is trying to convey that sense of awe in their new virtual Tut exhibit, which opened as a public preview for Second Life Residents yesterday. As friends and sponsoring partners to this blog, I am entirely biased about their efforts, but I think they've succeeded.
Beyond that, I offer this short pictorial tour, and let their work speak for itself. The project has been near a year in the making (I got a glimpse of it in London last November), but as it turned out, I'd only glimpsed a very small fragment of a much larger experience. It begins above an Egypt that exists in several time periods:
The entrance is atop this compass rose, high over an Egypt that shifts from a sattelite view, to a 19th century map of the Middle East, to an ancient Egyptianian outline. (That's Rezzable's RightAsRain Rimbaud suitably garbed up in Egypt finery, acting as my tour guide.)
Rimbaud tells me Tut's tomb has been laid out almost exactly as Carter found it, allowing for some additional space, so the Second Life camera can adequately view the tight interior.
The wall paintings are high detail. Note the large buttons; located throughout the experience, clicking on each plays a narrated audio description of what you're viewing, much a like a museum tour.
Click to get a closer look at the detail in this alabaster panther. Yes, that's a large crab with a guitar in the background. (Madcow Cosmos, as it happens.) Just another museum patron, and a better one to share this place than, say, a pack of bored screaming kids.
In grand Rezzable style, the experience includes a visit to the afterlife of Tutankhamen, his treasures transformed to giant size amid a constellation of stars and a walkway composed of DNA strands.
These are just brief, 2D glimpses of places designed to be experienced in lingering stretches, first hand, in 3D. Here's the Rezzable directory, where you can start your own tour.