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3D technology takes us back in time

Restoring the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris will likely involve 3D technology.

Already willing to step up to help is Ubisoft. It’s a Paris-based company that creates the “Assassin’s Creed” series of dramatically realistic video games, set in different centuries.

“Assassin’s Creed Unity” takes place in Paris, during the French Revolution in 1789. The game was released in 2014 and features Notre-Dame background. An artist working on the video game spent 2 years creating a precise, detailed, 3D model of the cathedral to get every single brick, door and gargoyle exactly right. She even sculpted an exact replica of the inside, too.

3D laser scans unlock secrets of the ancient world

A team of archaeologists in Jerusalem has used 3D laser scanning to reveal details of what is believed to be one of the most venerated sites in Christianity — the room of Jesus’ Last Supper.

Called the Cenacle, Latin for dining room, it is located on the upper floor of King David’s Tomb complex on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Amit Re’em, Jerusalem district archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Fox News that 3D mapping is part of a project that began in 2016. Because the complex is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, Re’em said, “you cannot conduct classic archaeological excavations.”

In one of the Cenacle arches, laser scanning revealed a “Lamb of God” symbol. They also found a lion etched onto a keyhole. The lion is symbolic of King David, whom Jesus is a descendant of according to ancient scriptures.

The discoveries are helping archaeologists determine whether the Cenacle was built in the 12th, 13th or 14th century. Re’em said they believe the Cenacle was built in the latter half of the 12th century during the time of the crusades.

 

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However, he said while they had yet to find archaeological evidence of the Cenacle being the actual site of Jesus’ last supper, his team will continue laser scanning the complex.

Re’em said in light of the massive blaze that nearly destroyed Notre-Dame, 3D laser technology has become more relevant than ever.

“If something like this would happen at this holy place in the future, which we hope would not happen, we could use [our 3D mapping project] to reconstruct,” Re’em told Fox News.

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