Drones Play Increasing Role In Preserving Endangered Historic Sites

The Effort To Save Syria’s Palmyra Gets Help From A Drone And An Algorithm





” The war in Syria has lots of people worried about the country’s future. But some are also worried about preserving Syria’s past.

  Take the ancient city of Palmyra. ISIS militants destroyed part of it, and they rigged many of the sites there with explosives before they were driven out last spring.

  So an architect working with the Syrian government had an idea: Send in a drone.”






” The result is an art exhibit, “Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra,” on display in Paris. French President François Hollande opened it, and The New York Times reports that he “described the works as ‘an act of resistance’ against terror and intolerance.”

  How it got to Paris was a story itself. “The situation wasn’t very stable,” says Yves Ubelmann, co-founder of Iconem, the group behind the project. “It was difficult for us to stay on the site.”

  But in the little time they did stay, much was done. Ubelmann says they used a drone that could take thousands of photographs per hour. It gave them plenty of data for use in recreating the ruins with 3D printing.”


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