Reference Resources: An Online Archive/Database Documenting Destruction of Ancient Sites
From the Voice of America:
Damage to mosques, a monastery, churches and historic tombs caused by fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo, and the destruction of monuments by the so-called Islamic State in the ancient cities of Palmyra and Nimrud, are being documented in an online archival system and made available to conservation experts worldwide.
The crowd-sharing system called Arches uses satellite imagery, photographs, technical data and eyewitness descriptions.
“It’s online, it’s freely available, it’s open source,” said Tim Whalen, director of the Getty Conservation Institute, which developed the software with the New York-based World Monuments Fund.
The system is being used by the American Schools of Oriental Research to monitor historic sites in Syria and northern Iraq, providing weekly updates and an online inventory of thousands of heritage sites.
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