"When we unveiled the model in Rome last year, I said that our next challenge was to find a way to publish it to the Internet so that everyone could use it," said Bernard Frischer, director of the "Rome Reborn" project and director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities - or IATH - at U.Va.
"By several orders of magnitude, 'Rome Reborn
' is the most ambitious such project ever undertaken," Frischer
"The 'Rome Reborn
' project is the continuation of five centuries of research by scholars, architects and artists since the Renaissance who have attempted to restore the ruins of the ancient city with words, maps and images.
Now, through hard work by our interdisciplinary team, we have realized their seemingly impossible dream."
"Making the models available in Google Earth
is another step in the creation of a virtual time machine which our children and grandchildren will use to study the history of Rome and many other great cities around the world."
said the next challenge is to create an online scholarly journal in which archaeologists can publish the three-dimensional models of the sites they are studying.
"Such a journal will offer an incentive to more scholars to create 3-D models of the great cities and sites in Egypt, Greece, South America, Africa and Asia," he