Tomb of the Reliefs

Tomb of the Reliefs

High resolution textured 3D model of the interior of the tomb

Location: Cerveteri, Rome, Italy

Institute: Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

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The Tomb of the Reliefs, dated IV century B.C., is the most beautiful and well known tomb in the Banditaccia Necropolis (a UNESCO site since 2004) situated northwest of Cerveteri (Rome). The tomb features the typical dromos leading to the entrance. Today the entrance is closed by a steel and glass door which allows the preservation of the micro-climate conditions inside the tomb. Tourists are generally not allowed to enter this tomb.

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Combined TOF scanning and photogrammetric surveys were carried out to obtain the complete 3D model. The TOF range data was used to derive the geometry of the tomb, while the photogrammetric images were used to derive the photo-realistic high resolution texture.

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Lens Nikkor 14-24mm, Leica Scan Station 2, DSLR Camera Nikon D3X

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

Polyworks InnovMetric software, 3DS MAX software, In-house FBK software

Model usU

Model Use

The 3D model was generated to allow the complete virtual visit of the heritage which is now not always accessible, but visible only through a glass door. The 3D modelling product was used for a multimedia and travelling exhibition in Bruxelles, Trento and Stockholm. ( ).

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

All the scans acquired during the survey were aligned together to generate a dense 3D point cloud of the tomb. The cloud was then triangulated to derive a polygonal model (mesh) which was finally textured with a high-resolution image.

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

A navigable panoramic view of the interior of the tomb is integrated as part of the web page canvas.


Licence for Dataset
Creative Commons

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives.