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A University of Sunderland student has mapped one of the largest Bronze Age archaeological sites in Crete using cutting edge technology.

George Vasilakis, who is studying BSc Web and Mobile Development, has utilised 3D laser scanning equipment provided by the University to digitally map the Palace of Knossos as part of his studies.

George said: “As a native Cretan, it’s a dream come true to access restricted areas of the palace.

“The Palace of Knossos is not only the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete but also the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization.

“This remarkable monument, with its complex architecture and stunning frescoes, offers invaluable insights into Europe’s first advanced civilization.

“Through my research, I hope to support Crete’s bid to secure UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage status for Knossos and other significant Minoan palaces.”

The research aims to create new ways for audiences to interact with archaeological sites, using these scans to create a virtual reality experience of the palace and use the University’s 3D printers to construct physical models.

George added: “Conducting my dissertation at Knossos is a pinnacle moment not just for me, but for the University of Sunderland’s commitment to student-led research that contributes to preserving world heritage.

“I’m excited to process the data and uncover new insights about this fascinating ancient civilization.”

George had to get special permission from the Greek Ministry of Culture, all made possible through the support of the University and Faculty of Technology.

Paul Graham, Associate Head of Computing at the University of Sunderland, said: “George came to speak with me about his project idea, which is a great project for the faculty and his final year dissertation.

“He has used our latest scanning equipment and is looking to develop a VR App where you can walk through the Palace of Knossos in Crete which the Heraklion Archaeological team are also happy with.”

“George is also looking to utilise our 3D Interactive Igloo for his project so there would be no need to use a VR headset in order to walk around the Palace.

Paul added: “This is just one of the great dissertation projects that we are supporting this year that links industry to our computing courses.”

If you are interested in studying Computer Science at the University of Sunderland, find out more here: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/computing/undergraduate-computer-science/