Participating in the inauguration of a natural-marble model of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the director-general of antiquities and museums, Syria was with the mayor of London and the president of the Institute of Digital Archaeology in Oxford and Harvard Universities, who executed the model and organized the venue. The event took place in the historic Trafalgar Square, facing the National Gallery.
The project of this half-sized model aims to mobilize the international support of global cultural institutions and intellectuals alike, in order to help safeguard the Syrian cultural heritage.
This inauguration comes a few weeks after the liberation of the city of Palmyra off the terrorist militants of ISIS, afterwards, the arch will tour several significant international cities, in a campaign of international mobilization for the protection of the cultural properties in Syria, as parts of the human heritage. The ending part of this tour will be Palmyra, where the arch will stand in the main square of the residential area as a tribute to the late Khaled Asaad from the British people.
However, the Institute of Digital Archaeology will launch several projects related to the Syrian cultural heritage, as a part of a comprehensive program for the Middle East region, including documentation works of hundreds of historic landmarks in Syria using 3D photogrammetry techniques, by building trained groups with sufficient equipment.