Roman funerary monuments of the Trevera region in context

3D model of the Neumagen wine ship in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier e, CC BY SA 4.0

Based on the two previous projects, which were dedicated to the digital recording and provision of grave monuments from Augusta Treverorum, all forms of grave markings from the Trevera region are to be compiled for the first time in this project and comprehensively contextualised across genre boundaries.

The task of the i3mainz is to complete the material basis by creating 3D scans.


In addition to the stone funerary architecture with relief decoration, which was explored in two previous projects, above-ground grave markings of various formats have also shaped the spatial effect and perception far beyond the actual sepulchral area. Therefore, the focus of the current project is on a formal, spatial, functional and semiotic contextualisation of all grave monuments.

Guiding questions are the embedding of the individual monuments in the settlement and landscape space, as well as the development of the funerary landscape in the Trevera region and in a supra-regional comparison. With the help of model-like, digital reconstructions, the aesthetics and colouring of the grave monuments will also be examined.


The task of i3mainz is to complete the material base by creating 3D scans. High-resolution UAV data as well as image data from other sensors are used for 3D modelling by applying Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry.

On the one hand, there are 15 reconstructions of monumental funerary monuments on display in the permanent exhibition of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, on the other hand there are 15-20 fragments and individual objects in the RLM’s storerooms that are not on display but belong to it.