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3D Cameras are Secretly Suggled in Syria

 The Times reported that the Oxford-based Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) will see thousands of cheap stereoscopic 3D cameras being sent to the areas most under threat. If the treasures they photograph are destroyed by Isis, archaeologists at Oxford and Harvard will harness 3D printing technology to reconstruct them.

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The Million Image Database Project

 The rush is on to find creative and often high-tech ways to protect Syria’s millennia-long cultural heritage in the face of the threat that much of it could be erased by the country’s war, now in its fifth year. The Million Image Database project, which is backed by UNESCO, aims to ‘‘flood the region’’ with low-cost, easy-to-use 3-D cameras, delivered to activists to document antiquities in their area,. The point-and-shoot cameras, which cost about $50 each, take a stereoscopic image of the relics, with a granularity of detail measured in centimeters.

‘‘The idea is to have as many images made of as many objects and buildings as possible in advance of the destruction by the IS forces.’’ Nearly 1,000 cameras have been deployed or are on their way, not only to Syria, but also Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt. The aim is to distribute 5,000 cameras regionwide by next year, at a cost of $3 million to $6 million.

The website is closed to the public to protect the activists’ anonymity

 3D Reconstruction Example

This reconstruction is done by French startup ICONEM.

Source: BostonGlobe, TheTelegraph, TheTimes.