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3D images help to preserve threatened archaeological sites in Syria

A French digital surveyor has joined forces with Syrian archaeologists to produce detailed 3D reconstructions of some of Syria’s most treasured archaeological sites.

The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Image by Jan Smith / CC BY 2.0

The historical treasures of this war-torn country have suffered greatly during the five years of conflict including the destruction of several first-century temples in the ancient city of Palmyra. The photogrammetric technology used to scan the sites in minute detail has so far been used to record the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, the Krak des Chevaliers Crusader castle near Homs, the Roman theatre in Jableh and the Phoenician site in Ugarit. Maamoun Abdulkarim, head of the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, said that ‘This solution gives our archaeological sites a real hope of renaissance and allows the memory of them to be preserved, no matter what happens.’ Read more: hurriyetdailynews.com