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Islamic State: how to save Syria’s antiquities

One archaeologist is leading the race to preserve ancient treasures in digital form

By Padraig Belton  

One of the online images released by Islamic State militants on Aug. 25, 2015, shows the explosion and fuming smoke following the demolition of the temple of Baal Shamin in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. © (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


Archaeologist Roger Michel is sprinting.

He is in a race against the Islamic State (IS), to preserve as many relics as he can which lie in the militants’ onward march—even if this is only their shapes and memory, using digital 3D cameras.

When the Syrian…

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