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The Lost Temple of Baal-Shamin At Palmyra, Syria

by AshMRichter, published

The Lost Temple of Baal-Shamin At Palmyra, Syria by AshMRichter Aug 25, 2015


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The ancient city of Palmyra is one of the most beautiful, historical, and archaeologically significant sites on the planet (no seriously, even the history of its excavation is absolutely awesome). And it's being destroyed right now by the forces of the Islamic State that are currently occupying the region.

Despite promises to the contrary, ISIS has begun randomly blowing up the world's heritage as they continue their reign of terror in the Middle East.

This week all of us lost the Temple of Ba'al-shamin, one of the city's most sacred sites to a variant of the region's most important ancient god.

The real version is gone forever—Sadly, before laser scanners could get to it (as far as I know?) to preserve a millimeter accurate digital representation of the temple. Photographs however, can serve in a pinch. And using a combination of structure from motion and straight up modelling, I built a slapdash version of this historical wonder today, so that some version of it can live on in 3D.

For more on digital heritage, art, archaeology, and everything in between, check out Open Access Antiquarianism. http://openaccessantiquarianism.com/

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If we did not have people in the world arming terrorists such as those, we would not have lost this or any of the great libraries of the past.
There are from what I understand a few libraries left in Iran, but there are people in this world that want that country to turn into another Libya, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria. All countries that lost many great artifacts in the past few years.
Also just think how many other galaxy's we could have visited by now if we had not destroyed all the modern technology time and time again, and we are now at another peak and can see the coming end now in many parts of the world.
I think that it is great that we can do 3D creations from photos, but the world has many statues and many other things that are no longer usable, just like the mechanical computer found off Greece nearly 100 years ago and it is so fragile that the CT machine to find out just how complex was sent from England so that it could be scanned. It is amazing the number of specialized gears, cams, and eccentrics. Just so someone could know the phase of the moon, positions of the planets, eclipses, and seasons. All designed about 60 BCE by some unknown to us now engineers and scientists.
I think it would be interesting to say the least to make a working copy of that computer on a 3D printer, but from what I understand someone already has done this on a computer simulation, so we are already part way there.

nice job i hope you keep doing more of these historical places before we lose any more like this one and tell its history i have not even looked at any body else s or done and searches i am sure that there are but now i am just more than curious about these places

nice model! thanks for share it. is a candle inside?? does not melt?