Ashes2Art: Virtual Reconstructions of Ancient Sites was a collaboration between Alyson Gill (ASU) and Arne Flaten (Coastal Carolina University) that was funded by a 2007 NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant.
The proposal suggested a new pedagogical tool for the undergraduate classroom, focusing on the three dimensional modeling of several monuments from Delphi, Greece.
Ashes2Art combined cutting-edge digital technologies, art history, archaeology, graphic and web design, animation and digital photography to recreate monuments of the ancient past. The project provided an extraordinary opportunity for faculty and students from various universities to combine skills from disparate disciplines in a web-based project available worldwide using open-source software. Faculty and students conducted focused research on specific monuments, visited the locations (when possible), shot digital panoramas, wrote essays that summarized various opinions, documented those sources with an extended bibliography and constructed immersive 3D models based on published archaeological reports.
The project covered during the grant period focused on the Tholos of Athena Pronaia and the Greek bath at Delphi.