On Tuesday, the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) unveiled a 3D-printed, marble copy of an arch formerly sited in Palmyra that was destroyed at the hands of the terrorist group that calls themselves the Islamic State. The project, which currently stands in London's Trafalgar Square, was built and subsequently erected "to draw attention to the destruction of cultural artifacts across the world, and to rebuild some pieces," according to The New York Times Article.
To build the nearly 20-foot-tall replica, which weighs in at about 11 tons, researchers within the joint initiative comprised by Oxford, Harvard and the Museum of the Future in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates used a series of pictures taken by volunteers. Earlier this year, the organization issued a call for archaeologists and tourists to take said pictures of threatened sites in Palmyra before the Islamic State took over the historic city. From there, IDA scientists built the copy with robots in Italy.
To learn more about this project, head over to The New York Times.