The Visualising Angkor Project explores the crafting of a comprehensive virtual model of the medieval capital of Cambodia. The evidence-based creation of 3D models and 3D visualisations draw upon data from a wide array of sources, from archaeological and art historical surveys through to historical accounts, photographic archives, textile studies and botanical references gleaned from epigraphy. Taken together, these 3D models make up a library that can be patterned to visualise hypothetical reconstructions of the past that augment and illuminate information from historical texts and archaeological surveys. Such visualisations establish an iterative dialogue between 3D animators, archaeologists, and historians to test how assumptions about Angkor can be made more precise.
A wireframe render of a animated procession of high ranking officials and their retainers at Angkor Wat in the 12th Century