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the E d g e “No one should consider for one second giving terrorists the power to delete such objects from our collective cultural record.” —Roger Michel, executive director, Institute for Digital Archeology, Oxford, England, to CNN
More than 1,800 years after the Romans ;rst
built it, the Arch of Triumph has risen again.
Since the third century, the arch stood over
the ancient city of Palmyra, today a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, near Damascus, Syria.
But Islamic State militants destroyed most
of it last year. Now, a project team has resurrected the monument as a statement of solidarity with the victims of war.
;e project, ;rst unveiled in London,
England in April, is led by the Institute for
Digital Archeology, a joint venture between
Museum of the Future in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates. A team of researchers spear-
headed construction, creating a digital 3-D
model based on dozens of photographs. ;e
replica was carved from 11 tons of Egyptian
marble using computer-guided stonecutters.
;e arch will be displayed in New York,
New York, USA and Dubai before moving
to a permanent home near Palmyra in 2017.
Islamic State militants were pushed out of
the area in March.
Palmyra Arch of
At roughly 20 feet ( 6. 1
meters) tall, the replica
is two-thirds of the
original arch’s size.
Crowds in London, England
visit a traveling replica of the
Palmyra Arch of Triumph.