Monday, March 21, 2016

3D reconstruction of Syrian archaeological sites

VISUALIZE THIS: Archaeologists documenting Syria’s heritage with 3D reconstructions (GHIDA LADKANI, Step Feed).
A group of Syrian archaeologists have partnered with a French digital surveyor to recreate detailed 3D reconstructions of some of Syria’s most prominent historic sites. The photogrammetric technology has been used to record the 8th-century Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, the Krak des Chevaliers Crusader castle near Homs, the Roman theater in Jableh and the Phoenician site in Ugarit.

These 3D reconstructions went online March 15 on the French start-up Iconem‘s website. According to the start-up, the team hopes to preserve the knowledge of heritage sites that are under the threat of disappearing. They scan the sites using drones in order to transmit this common world heritage from one generation to another.

Nice videos. The drone looks disquietingly like something produced by Skynet, but I suppose that can't be helped. Ugarit is not a "Phoenician" site. One could just about get away with calling it "Canaanite," but I prefer to think of it as a "Northwest Semitic" site.

Cross-file under Technology Watch and Archaeology.