3D-Scanning of Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq (Project ANQA)

This project aims to create 3D scans of monuments in Syria and to publish all materials online for free.

Our aim is to use new technology to create accurate 3D recordings of heritage sites at risk and to contribute to capacity building in the region, the transfer of knowledge and the creation of permanent architectural inventory units. A specific aim of the project is to develop a new sustainable activity by empowering local professionals with training and tools to continue the documentation work of cultural heritage beyond the life of our project. It is our hope that Project Anqa should serve as an example of ‘people-centred’ cultural heritage documentation in a digital age through an open-access, participatory web platform. Collected data should be accessible and useful for scholars, professionals, and the wider public with state-of-the-art tools. Our hope is that, through this multi-partnered and interdisciplinary effort, Project Anqa may serve as a foundational platform for the study and documentation of tangible and intangible heritage sites, not only for conflicted regions in the Middle East, but more generally around the world.

Project Details


Location: Iraq, Syria, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Project partner(s): Carleton University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $196,490 Commencement Date: 01/2016 Project Status: Completed
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