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December 29, 2015

Groups Use Digital Means to Preserve Mideast Antiquities

Cultural organizations are harnessing high-tech tools like laser scanning to amass lasting 3D models of ancient sites in Iraq and Syria that could come under threat from Islamic State militants, writes The New York Times.

Working with experts in the region, preservation groups such as the World Monuments Fund and CyArk are scanning millenia-old sites in conflict zones and building image databases to digitally preserve monuments for future generations, and possibly create blueprints for rebuilding those that come under ISIS attack. The jihadist group has destroyed and looted numerous ancient sites located within its self-proclaimed caliphate.