3D printer recreates historic treasures destroyed by ISIS

Historic artifacts destroyed by Daesh can now be recreated using a 3D printer.

Iranian artist Morehshin Allahyari is among a dedicated group working to recreate the lost treasures in digital form.

Allahyari has resurrected a Roman-era statue of King Uthal of Hatra, a sculpture believed to have been destroyed when militants took sledgehammers to works inside Iraq’s Mosul Museum.

She said: “There is a long history of destruction as a way to gain control, as a way to create a new reality for the present and future.

“This project acts as a safety net against destruction as a form of rewriting history, a preservation of counter narratives to political and physical violence.”

However national antiquities department head Fawzye al-Mahdi has stated many of the artifacts feared destroyed were actually plaster fakes, and that the originals were being safely stored at the Baghdad Museum.

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