Virtual Ancient Siracusa Project (VASP)


Syracuse, Italy

As culmination of a long-term scientific effort to virtualize the archaeological heritage of ancient Siracusa, which led to a preliminary 3D scanning campaign of Greek statuary (in partnership with the University of Catania) and to the production of the movie Siracusa 3D Reborn (in partnership with the Information Technologies Laboratory of IBAM-CNR), CVAST Executive Director Herbert Maschner and Dr. Davide Tanasi (CVAST – Department of History, University of South Florida) are planning to undertake the virtualization of the Greek and Roman collection of the Archaeological Museum of Siracusa and of main urban and suburban archaeological sites representing the archaeological context for artifacts in the collection.

The poster for the film Siracusa 3D Reborn
Siracusa 3D Reborn: trailer

Paolo Orsi

The Archaeological Museum ‘Paolo Orsi’ of Siracusa has more than 20.000 artifacts on display on over 9.000 m2 of exhibition area and it is the largest archaeological museum of southern Italy and one of the most important in Europe. That of Siracusa is the most numerous and remarkable collection of ancient Greek artifacts available in a museum outside Greece.

Scanning Greek statuary


Siracusa (Sicily) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005 for the importance of its archaeological heritage, in most part related to Greek civilizations. Founded in Sicily by the Greeks of Corinth in 733 BC, Siracusa was the birthplace of poets and thinkers, such as Epicharmus and Archimedes. It was visited by many prominent figures of Greek culture, like Pindar, Aeschylus and Plato, and over centuries it became one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Mediterranean.

Scanning Greek statuary

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