Using #NEWPALMYRA Community Contributed Photos
25 August 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri — University of California San Diego’s Library digitally reconstructed Palmyra’s Temple of Bel using photos from #NEWPALMYRA that people contributed over the last few years along with sources from the Roman Society, Oxford University and other found images from the web.
Read the UCSD News about the milestone. The work is documented on the UCSD Library website. Thanks to the work of UCSD Digital Media Lab Manager Scott McAvoy, the digital point cloud of constructed imagery is available on the web for viewing.
Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria
Five years after its destruction, the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria has been digitally reconstructed by the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab (DML) using cutting-edge 3D methods and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Inspired by a past collaboration between the Library and UC San Diego’s Levantine Archaeology Laboratory, this project has resulted in the digital preservation of more than a dozen lost reliefs, sculptures, frescos and paintings, all made publicly available on the Library’s Digital Collections website.
Destroyed in 2015 during the Syrian civil war, the Temple of Bel has been called the most important temple in the entire Middle East (along with Lebanon’s Baalbek) and served as one of the best-preserved examples of ancient art and architecture, attracting more than 150,000 tourists annually. Through the use of more than 3,000 publicly available digital photographs taken over the course of a decade, the Library has successfully recreated the structure using Pointcloud, an online viewing platform.
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