Syria's Palmyra arch recreated in London
|Detail of the carvings on the arch [Credit: Marco Secchi/|
IS militants overran Palmyra in May 2015, demolishing Roman-era monuments including the archway and two large temples dating back more than 1,800 years - and posting videos of their destruction online. Syrian government forces retook the city last month and authorities have begun assessing the damage to its ancient monuments.
|The reconstruction of the arch nears completion in Trafalgar Square |
[Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA]
The six-meter (20-foot) Egyptian marble replica - about two-thirds the size of the original - was created by the Institute for Digital Archaeology from photographs of the original site using 3-D imaging technology and computer-aided carving tools.
"When I saw the destruction, I felt like I needed to do something to try and make it right," said Roger Michel, executive director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology. The institute is a joint venture between Harvard University, the University of Oxford and Dubai's Museum of the Future.
"The first thing I thought was, when I saw Palmyra come down, is these folks are censoring history," Michel said.
|An archive picture from 2014 showing the Arch of Triumph |
[Credit: : Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images]
Source: The Associated Press [April 19, 2016]