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Virtual copy of ransacked museum comes to Mosul

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Science  08 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6427, pp. 573
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6427.573

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After the Islamic State (IS) group overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2015, it ransacked the Mosul Museum and sold or destroyed many of its ancient treasures. In response, two archaeologists created Rekrei, a platform that allows people to upload photos of the artifacts taken before their destruction and uses a technique called photogrammetry to turn the images into 3D reconstructions that can be viewed online or recreated. IS was driven out of Mosul in 2017 and the city is rebuilding. On 29 January, a selection of the reconstructions, produced with a 3D printer, went on display at the Mosul Museum, along with a virtual-reality re-creation of the museum before the attack. Science spoke with Rekrei co-founder Matthew Vincent.