Archaeologists’ weapon against ISIS: 5,000 cameras

by Michael Harthorne |  |  published on September 4, 2015

Archaeologists and thousands of volunteers are in a race against time to digitally map some of the world’s oldest and most important statues, temples, and cities before they can be destroyed by the Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reports.

If ISIS “is permitted to wipe the slate clean and rewrite the history of a region that defined global aesthetic and political sensibilities, we will collectively suffer a costly and irreversible defeat,” Roger Michel, director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology, tells the Telegraph.

In recent months, the terrorist group has blown up a pair of 2,000-year-old temples in Syria and destroyed Iraq’s ancient city of Nimrud. ISIS considers these antiquities idolatry, and destroying them is a major facet of its propaganda, notes Forbes.

  • billdeserthills

    Great idea, isis is really concerned about these pictures




    Cameras are good , but 5000 elite troops with armored vehicles , and a squadron of jets would be much better.

    • mousekiller

      The govt knows that there is an iSS camp 15 miles from the US in Mexico. the govt knows of terrorist camps in 15 or16 states here in the US. Did the ever loving turd in the WH do anything about it? Nope. He is and his cronies part of the ISS or as some like to call them militant muslims.poor babies. We can’t depend on the goverment to defend our borders, we certainly can’t depend on it to defend us.

      • billdeserthills

        Why do you think a new record is broken Every month for gun sales? And has been since right before obama got into office!

  • billdeserthills

    I don’t understand why isis is being allowed to destroy priceless archaeology?

    • EKMcM

      If you come up with an answer, please let the rest of us know. Maybe one of the world hating isis will answer. The archaeology represents a knowledgably effective furtherance of the human kind which they don’t understand and their 1st leader did not like anything that did not follow his thought line. Kind of like, if it makes sense – get rid of it.

    • mousekiller

      Simple, because pussies are in charge and are supporting this destruction with our tax dollars.

  • Dana Lind

    They are trying to rewrite history the same way the liberals are trying to rewrite history in the US.

  • David Rudow

    Why not shoot ISIS with .50 cal bullets instead of a 50mm lens ?…

    • jerry

      I was about to post: Why not 5000 guns?
      Guns cost about the same, and are more effective.

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