Adam Aja

Adam Aja

ArtTechPsyche 2018

The Dream Stela of Thutmose IV Reproduction and Augmented Reality Experience

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The Harvard Semitic Museum has reproduced and digitally augmented the ancient Egyptian “Dream Stela,” the famous stone monument found between the paws of the Great Sphinx at Giza. This massive slab of pink granite recounts the narrative of Thutmose IV, the eighth king of the Eighteenth Dynasty, when he visited the Sphinx and fell asleep […]


Adam J. Aja is a museum curator and archaeologist with a background in the creative arts. Since 2009, he has managed the collection of Near Eastern artifacts in the Harvard Semitic Museum, where he redesigned the storage facilities, implemented new exhibits, and created replicas for display. Dr. Aja started working on archaeological field projects in 1992 and has enjoyed numerous discoveries in the years since, including the first confirmed cemetery of the Philistines. His most recent creative project, combining his love of archaeology and art, resulted in a full-scale reproduction of the monument discovered between the paws of the Great Sphinx.