Digital replica of a lost treasure

  • Partner University of Lausanne & Iconem
  • Year 2018

The Institute of Archeology of the University of Lausanne is currently developing an international project with the start-up Iconem. Integrating a rich collection of mid-20th century archeological photographs, the aim is to build a 3D model of the recently destroyed Baalshamîn sanctuary in Palmyra, and to use new technologies to inform researchers and the public about this lost heritage.

Founded in 2013 and active in 21 countries, ICONEM specializes in the 3D digitisation of cultural heritage sites, monuments and objects. A technical and scientific provider for UNESCO, ICONEM also realizes site-specific architectural 3D models and museum exhibitions. It collaborates with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, National Geographic , the British Foundation ‘Turquoise Mountain’, the British Museum and the City of Paris.