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page updated January 16, 2018

 Headline News

Learning Sites president, Donald H. Sanders, will be giving a talk at the Leiden archaeological museum's conference on ancient Nineveh. He will also give public virtual reality demos featuring immersive experiences inside the throne room of Learning Sites' 3D model of the Northwest Palace of the Assyrian king Ashur-nasir-pal II, at Nimrud (destroyed by ISIS in 2015).

Learning Sites' rendering of an Assyrian queen has been chosen to grace January's issue of the prestigious journal, American Journal of Archaeology. There is also a full article in the issue about the queen, including additional images of our first-ever depiction of a fully clothed and bejeweled Assyrian queen. Soon, the queen will find her rightful place inside our virtual recreations of Assyrian palaces.

Learning Sites will have a display booth in the exhibit hall at next year's Archaeological Institute of America's annual meeting, in Boston, Jan. 4-7, 2018. If you are attending the conference or in the neighborhood, stop by and ask how our innovative visualizations can benefit your fieldwork, teaching, publications, or museum display.

An animated flyover of Learning Sites' computer model recreating the Northwest Palace of the Assyrian king Ashur-nasir-pal II, Nimrud (northeastern Iraq), is part of Harvard's Semitic Museum's videos celebrating their newest exhibition "From Stone to Silicone: recasting Mesopotamian monuments.

Learning Sites president, Donald H. Sanders (also president of the Institute for the Visualization of History, Inc.) will be speaking at the Yeshiva University Museum symposium on the Arch of Titus.

Learning Sites is once again recognized as an industry leader and awarded the Corporate LiveWire "3D Model Developer of the Year for 2018 - USA" in their Innovation & Excellence award category.

Learning Sites will be partnering with the Institute for the Visualization of History, Inc. and Neathawk Designs to digitally colorize and reconstruct the spoils panel from the Arch of Titus in Rome for an exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum (progress images from the 3D carving process will continue to appear on the project site throughout the summer).

Learning Sites begins the spring of 2017 with two new exciting endeavors: the OculusRift version of our Northwest Palace throne room will be used in classrooms at Yale University; and our ever-expanding 3D model of the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh will be highlighted in an upcoming exhibtion in The Netherlands.

Learning Sites' entire Website gets a thorough and fresh redesign (for 2017), including new sites and new interactive content. Let us know how we're doing and how we can help you !

Learning Sites awards keep coming! Several more in November and December (2016) alone (Softech International Award as the Best Virtual Heritage Company, AI Global Media Excellence Award, Corporate America News North American Excellence, BoardRoom Elite, and Small Cap Awards, Corporate LiveWire Innovation and Excellence Award, and the Corporate Vision Magazine Executive Award) as we continue to be recognized worldwide for our innovations, visualizations, and commitment to excellence. Let us put our expertise to work for you !

Learning Sites president, Donald H. Sanders, was a speaker and panelist for the symposium on "Preserving Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time" held on October 26, 2016, at the NYU Brademas Center, Washington DC.

Learning Sites president, Donald H. Sanders, awarded the international Tartessos Prize for lifetime achievement in virtual archaeology.

Learning Sites has been awarded an NSF SBIR Phase II TECP grant to extend its CUNATTM cuneiform translator to include Egyptian hieratic.

Article about Nimrud (Iraq) and the destruction by ISIS/Da'esh and Learning Sites' virtual heritage reconstructions.

Learning Sites work on the NSF-funded SBIR Phase II CUNATTM cuneiform translator app progresses.

Learning Sites has begun a new 5-year project to model all of Jebel Barkal, Sudan.

Learning Sites images (animations, renderings, QTVRs, and virtual worlds are now available for purchase for teaching, research, presentation, and other noncommercial uses at the Institute for the Visualization of History Website.


 Arch of Titus

updated November 13, 2017

spoils panelArch of Titus -- full-scale CNC-carved replica, digital colorization, and restoration of the spoils panel, 1st c. CE (links to an online video showing the making of the replica and article by ShopBot, added).

 Athlit Ram

added March 16, 2017

bronze ramming prowAthlit Ram -- ancient Roman bronze ramming prow; largest and most complete example known to survive, from the 2nd c. BCE.

 Ancient Jerusalem

added March 3, 2017

Iron Age house, Area G, JerusalemAncient Jerusalem -- several 3D models of key features throughout the city's history, including an Iron Age house, a Roman house, and the Ottoman gates.

 Assyrian Queen

added February 22, 2017

model of an Assyrian QueenAn Assyrian Queen -- for too long no woman has been represented in royal Neo-Assyrian scenes; new research enables us to create a 3D model of a queen for insertion into our virtual worlds.

 Gurob, Egypt

added February 3, 2017

Gurob ship modelGurob, Egypt; digital reconstruction of a small ship model found in a 19th-20th Dynasty tomb that provides clues to the Sea Peoples and beyond.

 Mycenae, Greece

added January 31, 2017

Artisans' Workshops, MycenaeMycenae, Greece; digital reconstruction of the Artisans' Workshops (c.14th-13th centuries BCE) atop the citadel.

Old Babylonian urban centerMashkan-shapir, Iraq; digital reconstruction of an Old Babylonian (c.1840ish BCE) urban center with canals, ziggurat, and residential and manufacturing sectors.

 Learning Sites Website

updated January 21, 2017 -- A "History of Virtual Heritage" added to The Company menu above, chronicling how the discipline got to today, from the very earliest roots of interactive simulations.

updated January 2, 2017 -- The entire Learning Sites Website has been completely overhauled, with new content, new virtual worlds, and new navigation. Enjoy (and let us know how we're doing) !

 Nineveh, Assyria (modern Iraq)

added July 16, 2016

Nergal Gate, NinevehNineveh, ancient Assyria (modern Iraq) newly added with background information and digital reconstructions covering the ancient capital city, the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib, and the massive Nergal Gate (recently bulldozed to destruction).

 Al Meragh, Sudan

updated May 3, 2016

Al Meragh, AM600 double houseAl Meragh Web pages updated with new images from our digital re-creation of this previously unknown Meroitic site.

 Funerary Chapel of Ka(i)pura, Saqqara (Egypt)

updated February 5, 2016

Funerary Chapel of Ka(i)pura, False Door detailKa(i)pura Web pages revised and updated, with new images from our audiovisual museum presentation (one of our first projects back in 1997-98).

 Jebel Barkal, ancient Nubia (Sudan)

revised January 25, 2016

Central Building facadeJebel Barkal Web pages updated with new images from our evolving and ever-expanding all-digital excavation report, research resource, and virtual reality re-creation of this religious center; coming soon will be Unity-based virtual worlds.

 Learning Sites Bibliography

updated April 14, 2017

  • Bibliography of Learning Sites methods, projects, and goals.
      • Fine, Schertz & Sanders article about the colorization of the Spoils Panel, Arch of Titus, Rome
      • Townes article about Learning Sites and Tartessos Prize awarded to Donald H. Sanders, President
      • Sanders article on new technologies and caveats in virtual heritage
      • Sanders article on the benefits of virtual heritage with new examples and new technologies
      • Sanders article on the history of virtual heritage and the advantages of its methods
      • Jacobson & Sanders article on digital puppeteering and VR
      • Etherington article on 3D printing
      • Sanders article on the benefits of using virtual reality to study ancient objects
      • Smith article on virtual archaeology in American Archaeology

  •  Central Palace area, Nimrud, Assyria

    updated April 14, 2015

    Central Building facadeCentral Palace Web pages updated with new renderings from our evolving and ever-expanding all-digital excavation report of the Polish Center for Mediterranean Archaeology's expedition to the site (1974-1976). The here-to-fore unpublished data include each of the major building phases of the site, the sculpture, and new descriptions and analyses.

     Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Assyria

    updated April 21, 2015

    Throne Room reconstructionNorthwest Palace Web pages for the archaeological research resource now has new high-resolution renders, a video flyover of the palace, and a new virtual reality experience.

     Nemrud Dagi, Turkey

    updated October 27, 2014

    digital model of the East Terrace colossal Apollo, Nemrud DagiNemrud Dagi Web pages updated with images from our digital re-creation of this Hellenistic sanctuary (prepared for on-site visitor information signage).

     Nuzi, Iraq

    added February 14, 2013

    Nuzi lion photomodel and 3D printedNuzi lion sculpture photomodeling and 3D printing/CNC carving project completed in collaboration with the Semitic Museum, Harvard.

     Seyitomer, Kütahya, Turkey

    updated August 14, 2012

    digital model of the Acropolis, Athens, aerial viewSeyitomer Web pages updated with photo-to-VR experiments and results.

     Vari House, Greece

    added and updated March 20, 2012

    Vari House Web pages updated with new renderings from our reworking of this pioneering virtual world and new game engine experiments; explore the Vari house in virtual reality using the Unity game engine (bees buzz, doors creak, farmers tend to their chores, and much more).

     Buhen, Egypt

    added February 11, 2011

    Buhen fortress reconstructionEarly Work, focusing on the Fortress of Buhen has a new rendering.

     Acropolis, Athens, Greece

    updated January 6, 2010

    digital model of the Acropolis, Athens, aerial viewThe Acropolis Web pages updated with a video and new renderings from our virtual reconstruction.

     Til Barsib, Syria

    updated December 21, 2007

    Til Barsib Web pages updated with sample images from our 3D computer model of the Palace, Lion Gate, and surrounding topography from published and newly excavated unpublished data about the Assyrian phase of occupation at the provincial settlement site (Lion Gate added; more palace images and QTVR panoramas added; and material based on the temple at Tel Halaf temple added).

     Paliké, Sicily

    updated December 27, 2007

    hestiaterion, PalikéPaliké Web pages updated with sample images from our virtual reality re-creation of the hestiaterion (dining facility) from the site.


    added September 20, 2004

    Off to excavateBe an Archaeologist; Excavate a Site in Ancient Nubia -- play our Excavation Simulation Game; a game intended for middle school kids (but fun for budding excavators of all ages); learn about the decisions that archaeologists must make each time they purchase equipment, hire specialists, and excavate a site within a certain limited time and budget. What will you uncover?

     Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, Greece

    added May 2, 2000

    West Building, Tsoungiza - reconstructionThe Nemea Valley Archaeological Project multimedia excavation report's preliminary pages have been revised and expanded with: new reconstructions of the West Building (LH I megaron; 3D artifacts added; and a new reconstruction of House E (EH III dwelling)