The Palmyra Temple of Bel, which was destroyed by ISIS earlier this year, is going to be partially reconstructed using the world's largest 3D printer. The Institute for Digital Archeology has embarked on an endeavor in partnership with UNESCO, Oxford University engineering specialists, the government of the United Arab Emirates and other academic collaborators to replicate the ancient artifact. More specifically, the archway will be recreated in London and Paris as a "gesture of defiance" against the Islamic State.
The Palmyra Temple of Bel archway project is part of IDA's Million Image Database effort to capturing millions of 3D images of other threatened objects. IDA is relying on archived pictures of the monument before the ISIS destruction to feed the enormous printer in China before sending the pieces to their new cities.
The Palmyra Temple of Bel Arch is Being Recreated in the West, Twice
1. 3D Printing in Monument Replication - The use of 3D printing technology in replicating historical monuments presents opportunities for preserving cultural heritage and creating resilient replicas.
2. Digital Archaeology for Preservation - The digitization of archaeological artifacts through the use of 3D imaging and printing enables conservation and restoration efforts, ensuring valuable cultural objects are not lost to history.
3. Partnerships for Monument Reconstruction - Collaborations between academic institutions, governments, and organizations like UNESCO are instrumental in the reconstruction of destroyed monuments, showcasing the potential for collective efforts in preserving cultural landmarks.
1. Heritage Conservation - The heritage conservation industry can leverage 3D printing and digital archaeology to restore and recreate destroyed historical artifacts with accuracy and authenticity.
2. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage - The field of archaeology and cultural heritage can benefit from advancements in 3D imaging and printing, allowing for enhanced documentation, research, and preservation of valuable archaeological sites and artifacts.
3. 3D Printing Technology - The 3D printing industry can further develop its technologies and capabilities by collaborating with organizations like IDA and UNESCO, expanding applications beyond conventional manufacturing and into the realm of cultural restoration and replication.