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General News    H4'ed 10/29/15

Syria's 'Monument Citizens' taking risks saving the future of our past

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Another is the New Palmyra Project, which released its first 3D modeled reconstructions on October 20, 2015 of the ISIS (Da'ish) seriously damaged cultural heritage treasure. Three more Triumphal columns were destroyed this month as three ISIS victims were murdered at their base when they were blown up.

The Non-profit CyArk has digitally preserved scores of the world's most famous cultural sites, this month announced its most ambitious effort yet -- Project Anqa, a joint project with the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to digitally document and preserve dozens of at-risk sites in Syria.

Another example of 'Monument Citizen" self-directed initiatives across Syrian borders is a lovely Syrian refugee couple who this observer crossed paths with the other day in a muddy rain-drenched camp in Lebanon's Bekaa valley and who explained their personal "Monument Citizen" work. The couple poses as buyers of looted antiques entering Lebanon from Syria and then they photograph and catalogue the photos. An American interested in the subject of Syria's Endangered Heritage was pleased to be able to present these Syrian 'Monument citizens" with a 3-D digital camera and accessories, pictured below, in aid of their stellar "cultural triage," work protecting when possible and documenting Syria's Endangered Heritage.

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Since 2013, Professor Franklin P. Lamb has traveled extensively throughout Syria. His primary focus has been to document, photograph, research and hopefully help preserve the vast and irreplaceable archaeological sites and artifacts in (more...)
 

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