ASU Insight: Deploying technology to rescue the past

Deploying technology to rescue the past


Panel discussion at New America

Panel discussion concerning technology and its use in preservation of antiquities.

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As ISIS campaigns to eradicate non-Islamic cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria and developers throughout the world encroach on sites where antiquities are found, it seems as though the relics of our past have never been at greater risk of being lost to history.

Or are they? Technology like geospatial sensing, satellites, drones, 3D imaging, and the like can be deployed to restore what might otherwise be destroyed forever.

Participants:

Kirk Johnson
Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Scott Branting
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Project Director, Heritage Mapping and Data Integration with the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives

Salam Al Kuntar
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Faculty, Penn Cultural Heritage Center

Moderator:
Dr. Sarah R. Graff
Senior Faculty Fellow, Barrett, The Honors College, and Faculty Affiliate of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University