Ancient Egypt Research Associates

Yukinori Kawae addressing the TEDxKyoto Audience

Kyoto, Japan – On September 16th, Kyoto University hosted a one-day event where 22 individuals shared their knowledge and experience in a wide variety of innovative ideas and practices. The event, TEDxKyoto, designed to inspire the world as presenters shared their passion and success within the areas of technology, entertainment and design (TED).

Among the presenters was Yukinori Kawae, an archaeologist specializing in 3D survey. Yukinori has worked with AERA since 2006 with the launch of our Giza Laser Scanning Survey (GLSS). Using two laser scanners and one laser range finder, Yukinori and his team of surveyors produced detailed three-dimensional model images of monuments such as the tomb of Queen Khentkawes and the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. These images showed all archaeological features such as each stone of the masonry and bedrock fissures and strata. You can read more about GLSS and Yukinori’s work on the Step Pyramid in our GOP 3 and GOP 4 publications.

TEDxKyoto was planned and coordinated within the Kyoto community and independent from TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at a local level. In the span of its 26-year existence, TED has stayed true to its mission, bringing together some of the most fascinating thinkers around the world and encouraging them to give the speech of their lives. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Talks are available for free at

To view Yukinori’s full TEDxKyoto presentation (Japanese), click here. English scripts will soon be made available for all Japanese presentations.

Visit the TEDxKyoto Facebook page for an in-depth look at the event, including behind the scenes images and commentary, as well as photos and videos of several presenters.

An orthophotographic point cloud image of Khentkawes Tomb