Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

The use of advanced computer imaging offers exciting new opportunities in exploring ancient sites through interactive reconstruction models. Dr. Snyder will lead a virtual tour through the 1st- and the 8th-century AD reconstructions of the Temple Mount site. Based on excavations, the Herodian version of the simulation model shows the Temple Mount prior to its destruction by the Roman troops in AD 70. An expanded version includes a reconstruction of the early Islamic structures on and around the Temple Mount prior to the major earthquake in AD 749.

Dr. Snyder was the primary modeler on the interactive computer reconstructions of the Temple Mount site that were developed jointly by the Urban Simulation Team and the Israel Antiquities Authority for the Davidson Center in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

The museum will be closed: Please use the entrance on the Terrace Level on the north side of the building.

Supported by a grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Fund, and by the Israel Antiquities Authority, and by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.


April 25, 2012, 2:00 AM - 8:00 PM

A Virtual History Tour: Exploring the Interactive Herodian and Umayyad Computer Reconstruction Models of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Floernce Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Dr. Lisa M. Snyder, Urban Simulation Team, University of California at Los Angeles

Admission: The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to:


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



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