Papers and media exposure of the Zamani Project


Monika Baumanova, Ladislav Smejda, Heinz Rüther, 'Pre-Colonial Origins of Urban Spaces in the West African Sahel: Street Networks, Trade, and Spatial Plurality', Journal of Urban History,  December 2017

Claudio Margottini, Daniele Spizzichino, Giovanni Gigli, Heinz Ruther, Nicola Casagli, 'True 3D Kinematic Analysis for Slope Instability Assessment in the Siq of Petra (Jordan), from High Resolution TLS',  Conference: 4th World landslide Forum, At: Ljubjana , Volume: 4- Diversity of landslide Forms, Springer publishing, 21 May 2017

Claudio Margottini, Giovanni Gigli, Heinz Ruther, Daniele Spizzichino, 'Advances in Geotechnical Investigations and Monitoring in Rupestrian Settlements Inscribed in the UNESCO's World Heritage List', Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, December 2016

Claudio Margottini, Peter Bobrowsky, Giovanni Gigli, Heinz Ruther, Daniele Spizzichino, Jan Vlcko, 'Rupestrian world heritage sites: Instability investigation and sustainable mitigation', Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides, Springer publishing, June 2017

Claudio Margottini, Giovanni Gigli, Heinz Ruther, Daniele Spizzichino, 'Advances in sustainable conservation practices in rupestrian settlements inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List',  Conference: The Fourth Italian Workshop on Landslides, Procedia Earth and Planetary Science (,  September 2016

Rüther, H., Bhurtha, R., Wessels, S., Schröder R., ‘Spatial Documentation of the Petra World Heritage Site’, in Africa Geo, 1 – 3 July 2014. 

Rahim Rajan, Heinz Rüther, 'Building a Digital Library of Scholarly Resources from the Developing World. An introduction to Aluka.' African Arts, Volume 40, Number 2, page 1, June 2014.

Wessels S., Ruther H., Bhurtha R., Schröder R, ‘Design and creation of a 3D Virtual Tour of the world heritage site of Petra, Jordan’, Proceedings of AfricaGeo, 1-3 July 2014. 

Heinz Ruther, Julian Smit, Donatius Kamamba, 'A Comparison of Close-Range Photogrammetry to Terrestrial Laser Scanning', (, South African Journal of Geomatics Vol. 1 No. 2, August 2012 

Rüther, H., Held, C., Schröder R., Bhurtha, R., Wessels, S, ‘From Point Cloud to Textured Model, the Zamani Laser Scanning Pipeline in Heritage Documentation’, South African Journal of Geomatics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012. 

Rüther, H., Held, C., Bhurtha, R., Schröder, R., Wessels, S, ‘Challenges in Heritage Documentation with Terrestrial Laser scanning’, Proceedings of AfricaGeo, 2011.

Rüther, H, ‘Documenting Africa’s Cultural Heritage’, A. Artusi, M. Joly-Parvex, G. Lucet, A. Ribes, and D. Pitzalis (Editors), The 11th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST, 2010. 

Rüther H., Held C., Schroeder R., Bhurtha R., Wessels S., 'Laser Scanning in Heritage Documentation',  The 7th International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation Amman, Petra , Jordan 7th - 11th December 2010. Published in workshop proceedings.

Palumbo G. (WMF), Rüther H. (UCT), '3D Laser Scanning for Site Monitoring and Conservation in Lalibela World Heritage Site, Ethiopia', The 7th International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation Amman, Petra , Jordan 7th - 11th December, 2010. Published in workshop proceedings.

Rüther H., 'Documenting Africa’s Cultural Heritage', The 11th International VAST Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, 2010. Published in workshop proceedings.

Rüther H., 'Laser scanning in heritage documentation', International Workshop on Terrestrial LIDAR, October 2010.

Rüther H., Schroeder R., Bhurtha R., Held C. and Wessels S., 'African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes Project', Position IT paper, July 2010, pp. 33-38.

Angela M.H. Schuster, 'Digitizing Ethiopia's enduring cultural legacy', The Explorers Journal, 2010, Vol 88(4), pp. 32-33.

Rüther, H., M. Chazan, R. Schroeder, R. Neeser, C. Held, S.J. Walker, A. Matmon, and L.K. Horwitz, ‘Laser scanning for conservation and research of African cultural heritage sites: the case study of wonderwerk cave, South Africa’. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36(9):1847 – 1856. 2009. 

Rüther, H and Rajan, R. S. 'Documenting African Sites: The Aluka Project' , Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 66, No. 4 (December 2007), pp. 437-443 (7 pages), 2007.

Meister, C and Rüther, H. ’Fotogrammetrische Aufnahme und Messung von Handabdruecken in Diepkloof and Elands Bay Cave im westlichen Kapgebiet (Suedafrika)’. Grundlegungen, Beitraege zur europaeischen und afrikanischen Archaeologie fuer Manfred K.H. Eggert; Narr Francke Attempto VerlangGmb+Co.KGH. 2006.

Rüther H, Mngumi E. , 'Solid modeling for Heritage Documentation' Workshop – Archaeological Surveys
WSA2 Modelling and Visualization, FIG Working Week 2004, Athens, Greece, May 22-27, 2004  

Rüther, H. ’An African heritage database, the virtual preservation of Africa's past’. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XXXIV. 2002.

Bührer, T., Grün, A., Zhang, L., Fraser, C. & Rüther, H. (2001). Photogrammetric Reconstruction and 3D Visualization of Bet Gorgis, a Rock-hewn Church in Ethiopia. In: Albertz, J. (ed.) Proceedings of the XVIII. International CIPA Symposium 2001, IAPRS, Vol. XXXIV, Part 5/C7, 2001.


LIDAR News: House of Wonders Documented by Zamani Team
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf): Digitising Dioramas at Iziko Museum in Cape Town (pdf)
Ventureburn: The Zamani Project is a research group
Zamani Project work on MaDiH repository: Mapping Digital Cultural Heritage in Petra, Jordan
University of Cape Town News: Preserving cultural heritage through state-of-the-art technology

-2019- Stream massive 3D models on the web & mobile
Capturing Reality (CR hub): Preserving Bagan temple
NAPOLITODAY: Centomila euro per la mappa 3D di Catacombe e Osservatorio: in campo gli archeologi dell'Orientale (3D documentaion of the Catacombs of Naples)
L'Orientale - Università degli studi di Napoli: Gli archeologi del Cisa per la mappatura di Catacombe e Osservatorio (3D documentaion of the Catacombs of Naples) Video clip on Facebook abou the 3D documentaion of the Catacombs of Naples

CNN: Meet the scientists immortalizing African heritage in virtual reality
Quartz Africa: Africa’s great heritage sites are being mapped out with point precision lasers
IOL: UCT project documenting historical buildings with 3D tech
City of Cape Town website:  3D Model of the Cape Town City Hall
Le Monde: Le patrimoine africain modélisé en 3D pour ne pas être oublié
LIDAR News: Laser Scanning for heritage conservation - Bagan, Myanmar

The Sudan Archaeological Research Society: The Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan – Archaeological Investigation, Conservation and Site Management at Meroe 2015/2016
LIDAR News: Rescue-Scanning in Zanzibar
City Press: Preserving Africa's great chruches 
LIDAR News: Delights and challenges when scanning in Africa - Yemrehanna Kristos
LIDAR News: Africa's other Pyramids - Meroe (Sudan)
LIDAR News: Preserving Rock Art "Virtually" - Clanwilliam dam (South Africa)
LIDAR News: The Zamani Project – Heritage documentation beyond the point cloud

Digital Meets Culture: Atlantic Slave Trade in 3D by Zamani project
Monday Paper (UCT News): Rescuing ruins with lasers
SPAR3D: 3D Heritage Models, with a Twist
Digital Meets Culture: Zamani Project: report from Meroe, Sudan
NOMAD Africa: Rising From Ruins

Cape Times: UCT team to map ancient Mideast city The "Wonderwerk Cave Research Project"
LIDAR: Modeling Wadi Farasa and Wadi Musa, Petra (pdf)
Zamani Project: Laser scanning of Petra (pdf)
Getty Conservation institute: Mapping the Valley of the Queens in Egypt
UNESCO: Siq Stability Project in the Siq, Petra 
SKIFT: Jordan Turns to UNESCO and Italy to Help Protect Petra’s Treasures
Laser Scanning Forum: Petra documentation, by the Zamani Project

Financial Mail: SA team to map Petra 
The Getty conservation Institute - website: Conservation and management of Egypt's Valley of the Queens
The Getty conservation Institute - Youtube: Conservation and management of Egypt's Valley of the Queens

Archival platform: The African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes Database
Youtube: The video present the comments of the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan on the work of the Trust for African Rock Art, Nairobi, and the relevance of Rock Art documentation. The Principal Investigator of the Zamani Project , is shown during fieldwork with TARA in the Tassili n'Ajjer Mountaisn in Southern Algeria.

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