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The Impact of 3D VR Reconstructions: Scenas Mandras (Shurafa)

Question - Is the variety in the religious buildings enough to indicate the long lifespan of the town?

A VRML model of the town with a classical temple (AD 200), with a Christian church (AD 400), and with an Islamic mosque (AD 800)

A selection of JPEG still images of Scenas Mandras

Background information on Scenas Mandras
The town at about AD 200
with a classical temple
The town at about AD 400
with a Christian church
The town at about AD 800
with an Islamic mosque

Comments on the model: The stark contrast between the densely inhabited town and the open landscape outside the walls is quite remarkable.
As we only have evidence for the rough plan of the fortress, we adopted the religious structures from other similar sites of the same periods. That said, both the fortress and the religious structures must have been the most prominent landmarks in the town in each period.

Evidence: The plan of the site, published by the excavators, provides only the outline of the town including a plan of the fortress. The reconstructions of the houses, the temple, the church and the mosque are based on our general knowledge about buildings in different periods and on parallels from other sites in Egypt, dating from about AD 200 to AD 1000.

Does the Scenas Mandras question emerge from the pages?

Does the reconstruction help you learn about the site, or impose itself as reality?

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