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Determination of the plan of the A Famosa Fortress, Malaysia


Izani, M. and Bridges, A. and Razak, A. (2009) Determination of the plan of the A Famosa Fortress, Malaysia. In: International Conference on Computing and Informatics 2009 (ICOCI09), 24-25 June 2009, Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

The “A Famosa Fortress” is one of the oldest partially extant European buildings in Malaysia. It was built in 1511 by the Portuguese and went through several architectural developments and changes before being largely destroyed during the British occupation in 1824.With the subsequent overbuilding of the site by Melaka city today, it is impossible to fully reconstruct this fortress in its physical context.In this paper, we focus on determining the fortress layout based on various textual descriptions and old drawings and plans in preparation to building a detailed 3-D digital model.We have identified several important issues arising from the lack of any authoritative documentation.Such plans as exist not only differ in their depiction of the fort, but also use various ancient measurement systems. The paper gives examples of these problems and shows how a verifiable conjectural layout has been constructed.This is then compared against such archaeological evidence as is currently available. We are not aware of any previously published attempt to verify the consistency, similarity and integrity of the documentary data.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-983--44150-2-0 Organized by: UUM College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: A Famosa,3-D digital model, fortress
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 03:00
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/13538

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