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Russia: Hermitage Museum team digitally recreates Palmyra’s ancient wonders 02:36

Russia: Hermitage Museum team digitally recreates Palmyra’s ancient wonders

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 13, 2016 at 15:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

Specialists from the Hermitage Museum in Moscow unveiled computer generated 3D model of the ancient city of Palmyra, Friday.

Luca Ottonello, an Italian archaeologist who is currently working in the Hermitage Volunteer Service, helped to digitally reconstruct parts of the site with the help of 3D modelling. Eventually the team managed to complete models of the 2000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin, the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Septimius Severus as well as the 1,900-year-old Lion of Al-Lat statue and Tower of Elahbel.

Ottonello has also created a computer game called 'Palmyra Market', based on a unique historical document of ancient Palmyra known as the 'Palmyrian tariff,' which reconstructs the ancient market where players can buy food, clothes and even slaves for prices dating back to 137 AD.

Palmyra is a World Heritage-listed city which was recently recaptured from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by the Syrian Arab Army, along with the active support of the Russian Air Force. IS militants seized the city in May 2015.

During their control of the city, IS militants blew up the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph as well as using the Roman-era amphitheatre for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'

Russia: Hermitage Museum team digitally recreates Palmyra’s ancient wonders 02:36
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Specialists from the Hermitage Museum in Moscow unveiled computer generated 3D model of the ancient city of Palmyra, Friday.

Luca Ottonello, an Italian archaeologist who is currently working in the Hermitage Volunteer Service, helped to digitally reconstruct parts of the site with the help of 3D modelling. Eventually the team managed to complete models of the 2000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin, the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Septimius Severus as well as the 1,900-year-old Lion of Al-Lat statue and Tower of Elahbel.

Ottonello has also created a computer game called 'Palmyra Market', based on a unique historical document of ancient Palmyra known as the 'Palmyrian tariff,' which reconstructs the ancient market where players can buy food, clothes and even slaves for prices dating back to 137 AD.

Palmyra is a World Heritage-listed city which was recently recaptured from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by the Syrian Arab Army, along with the active support of the Russian Air Force. IS militants seized the city in May 2015.

During their control of the city, IS militants blew up the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph as well as using the Roman-era amphitheatre for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'

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