The Courier-Mail

Digging in against ISIS


LONDON: Archaeolog­ists have launched a hi-tech initiative to combat the destructio­n of ancient sites in the Middle East by ISIS.

Scientists at Oxford and Harvard universiti­es say they plan to “flood” the region with 3D cameras in order to catalogue buildings and artefacts of historical significan­ce, preserving knowledge of them should they be obliterate­d.

It comes amid the demolition of the Syrian city of Palmyra – a World Heritage site – by the terror group, including the 2000-year-old temple of Baalshamin.

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