Archive of high-resolution 3D scans of approximately 5,000 artifacts from the repository of the Pompeii Archaeological Park
The repository of the Pompeii Archaeological Park constitutes an invaluable reservoir of information, with approximately 80,000 artifacts resulting from excavations of the city and area around it.
The analysis and study of this immense body of knowledge allow the tracing the history of Pompeian archaeological research, from its beginnings all the way to the most recent excavations.
Through the national plan for the digitalization of cultural heritage, conducted by the Central Institute for the Digitalization of Cultural Heritage (Digital Library), the Ministry of Culture is implementing a process of digital transformation of all national cultural sites that possess, protect, manage, and promote cultural heritage. The goal is to provide full accessibility, improved safeguards, and knowledge of archaeological sites and works of art in Italy.
The warehouse storing preserved artifacts of the Pompeii Archaeological Park is a testament to every aspect of the city’s material culture - religious, political, artistic, economic, and everyday life - so much so that it is considered part of the site's museum complex and fully integrated in the visitor experience.
The 3D scans of approximately 5,000 artifacts from the archaeological park's repository have resulted in the Pompeii 3D digital archive, which increases accessibility and usability of this UNESCO world heritage site’s assets: scientific dissemination for all, reduction of architectural and perceptual-sensory barriers for people with disabilities, and integration of scanned documents with the IT platform already in use at the park.
A revolution when it comes to the ability to consult data regarding the park’s archaeological heritage: maximum accessibility and interactivity in the search for and use of information by visitors, academics, tour operators, guides, or simple fans.
Pompeii 3D digital archive, through the Open Pompeii system and My Pompeii App, provides online access to data, information, images, and videos on archaeological structures (houses and buildings) and artifacts of various types (frescoes, furnishings, decorations, stone elements, etc.), providing information about their origin and current location (such as whether they are in a museum or repository), along with a related bibliography and the ability to cross-reference the data.