Deploying Technology to Rescue the Past


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. 

Join Future Tense for an evening discussion of how present technologies are being used to deliver the past to the future. 

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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 


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

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