Paul Docherty is a doctoral candidate in Oriental Studies, using 3D digital technologies to undertake a spatial analysis of ancient and pictorial graffiti within the temple enclosure of the god Amun at Karnak, Egypt. The analysis of graffiti patterns and clustering of locations may help to determine focal points of activity and movement of the temple staff within personal, political, and religious contexts.
Paul has a BA in Archaeology, MA in Computer Animation, and an MA (by research) in Archaeological Studies. His background began in engineering but moved into commercial game development and later academia where he was responsible for the development of the first BA and MA degrees in Computer Games Art at Teesside University. Paul is a specialist in 3D modelling and reconstruction using various technologies including 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). Alongside his DPhil research, Paul is a Digital Archaeologist for the Amarna Project and is working towards an accurate 3D reconstruction of the ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (Akhetaten) built by the Pharoah Akhenaten in the late Eighteenth Dynasty.