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A New Picture of Olympia

Using only a digital camera and image-processing software, archaeologist Phil Sapirstein of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has created 3-D models of the temple of Hera at Olympia in Greece. Photogrammetry has major advantages over manual illustration in terms of efficiency and accuracy. The technique also captures many more details of the original remains than would be possible in a line drawing. Ultimately, it is allowing Sapirstein to challenge long-held assumptions about the construction of Greek temples. To read an in-depth article about Sapirstein’s work, go to “A New View of the Birthplace of the Olympics.”