The Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories (APAC Labs) are based at the Cyprus Institute, a key partner in the 4CH project, and use state-of-the-art technologies to investigate research questions relating to art, archaeology and cultural heritage. One of their recent assignments was the 3D documentation of a famous statue, the Kouros of Palaikastro which is also a 4CH case study.

The statue is of a young male figure made of gold, ivory and stone which was found smashed into several pieces after the town of Palaikastro was destroyed by looting and burning in around 1450 B.C.E.   Dating from the Bronze age, it is one of the largest statues found from the Minoan era. Each fragment was  individually scanned by the Lab and by using advanced computer techniques, the Kouros was reconstructed virtually despite some missing pieces. The short, informative video about the 3D documentation process can be viewed on Instagram here.

Further information about the statue is provided in this article from the Khan Academy, an online non-profit teaching resource for school-age students.