“Open Heritage” features digitized, 3D models of over 25 locations from around the world, signaling the start of a major chapter for the field of digital archaeology.
A replica of Palmyra’s ancient Arch of Triumph, built by Romans and destroyed last year by ISIS militants, is on a world tour.
Working with the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), a team of digital surveyors have shared what it describes as some of the first images and videos to emerge from Palmyra since the ousting of ISIS in late March.
Seven months after ISIS destroyed Palmyra’s 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph, the structure has risen once more — this time 2,800 miles away from the ancient city, in London’s bustling Trafalgar Square.
A team of digital surveyors is working to create the world’s largest 3D database of archaeological sites in Syria, focusing on those at risk of destruction.
Last month, we reported that a pair of artists scanned the bust of Nefertiti, currently on display in the Neues Museum in Berlin, without the permission of museum officials. Now, many people are raising questions about the authenticity of their work and what that even means.
We recognize the Temple of Dendur today as a monochromatic sandstone structure, but its walls, like those of most ancient Egyptian temples, were originally painted bright colors.
In the past year alone, members of ISIS have marred cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria, taking sledgehammers and drills to statues at the Mosul Museum and delivering numerous blows to the ancient site of Palmyra, including its 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph.
Scholars estimate that in North Africa and the Middle East alone, there could be up to five million archaeological sites. The majority are still unknown or else have never been officially recorded.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Digital Archaeology’s icon, a pixellated flashlight, captures, in my mind, how the site works: by shining light on different corners, never quite capturing the whole.