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As ISIS destroys ancient sites, experts race to digitally preserve others

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Image of the Baal Shamin temple - before it was destroyed

The militant group known as the Islamic State destroyed three ancient tombs in the city of Palmyra in Syria on Friday.  

Late last month, government officials confirmed reports that the group had also leveled the Roman era Baal Shamin temple in the city.

The Islamic State has destroyed other sites it considers sacrilegious, often publishing video or photographs of the demolitions.

But now a group of archaeologists has launched a project aimed at preserving Middle Eastern historical sites, and it hinges on a small and simple 3D camera.

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