The Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Washington D.C.

On September 26th, 2018, the IDA’s replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra was unveiled on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee both spoke at the unveiling. They have worked together for years to legislate agains the looting of artifacts from the Middle East and to protect cultural heritage around the world. The arch remained in Washington D.C. until September 28th, and was visited by thousands of people during it’s installation.


Time Lapse: The Construction of the Triumphal Arch

Watch a time lapse of the IDA’s replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, as it is installed in Washington D.C. ahead of the unveiling event on the National Mall.


Spirit in the Stone: the statue of Allat at the United Nations

The Institute for Digital Archaeology, in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation unveiled a major new cultural heritage reconstruction and companion exhibition in the Great Hall at the United Nations in New York City. The event was attended by the Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Security Council and many regional leaders, delegates and VIPs. Speakers included H.E. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Mr. Vincenzo Amendola, Italy’s Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Under-Secretary-General and Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Roger Michel, Executive Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology and H.E. Omar bin Sultan al Olama of Dubai, Dubai Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. 


Architecture of Memory 2017

An examination of the cultural, political, religious and practical aspects of people's relationships to monuments by an extraordinary panel of architects, academics and government/NGO officials, including the designers of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, the Kigali Genocide Memorial and installations at St. Paul's Cathedral. The focused on why monuments are important, how their identities change over time, and whether/how stakeholders should seek to control the narratives that are attached to them. 


Faces in Stone: cultural heritage at the Italian Consulate of New York City

Faces in Stone: an Italian perspective on the enduring strength of cultural heritage, a panel discussion at the Italian Consulate, Park Avenue, New York City, Thursday June 1, 2017.

The event began with a panel of experts discussing cultural heritage in Italy, including Mr. Roger Michel, Dr. Alexy Karenowska, Giacomo Massari (TorArt), Andrea Angeli (Italian Foreign Ministry), Antonella Caruso (UNDP), Helen Malko (Columbia GSAPP) and Prof. Herb Golder (Boston University).


Documentary: The Triumphal Arch in Arona

This short documentary, shot by Bob Caprai and edited by Adam Pivirotto highlights the Triumphal Arch's journey to Arona and the lead-up to the unveiling. The film includes exclusive footage of the family of Khaled al-Asaad and the story behind the arch's significance in Arona. 


The Unveiling of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Arona, Italy

Sky TG24's coverage of the unveiling of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in the central square of Arona, Italy. The arch was unveiled by the Mayor of Arona as family members of Khaled al-Asaad, the late archaeologist and curator of Palmyra who was killed by ISIS in 2015. 


Digital Technology for Heritage Preservation

Over the recent years, 3D scanning has become part of a coherent and non-contact approach to the documentation of Cultural Heritage and its long term preservation. New developments in digital recording are appearing everyday and the academic community, relevant private and public institutions, media and general public, are increasingly interested in the growing possibilities such technological developments have to offer in the face of the important challenges related to the preservation of our shared Cultural Heritage. 


Impakt Festival 2016

Dr. Alexy Karenowska delivers a lecture on Digital Archaeology at the Impakt Festival 2016, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The discussion was moderated by Niels van Doorn. 


Restoration (2016)

Restoration: restoring the past through replication, by Simon Pax McDowell and Mike Chaney (Wappato Media House) & The Guardian. This film follows the Institute for Digital Archaeology's concept, creation and exhibition of the Arch from the ruins of Palmyra, to the marble quarries of Carrara to its unveiling in Trafalgar Square. But this film also broaches the topic of replication authenticity: Can a copy actually evoke the spirit and story of the original? 


The Princess of Piombino

The Princess of Piombino is a feature film produced by Corey Brennan and Dena Seidel and directed by Gabriela Elise and Sean Feuer. The film documents the extraordinary heritage conservation program undertaken by HSH Principessa Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi at the Villa Aurora in Rome, including the rediscovery and restoration of Caravaggio's only known ceiling painting. 


Harvard in Sicily

Each year, the IDA teams up with Emma Dench and Paul Kosmin at Harvard University to take a group of students to Sicily over spring break. Here's a look at this year's trip, including RTI work in Museo Whitaker Mozia and Museo Archeologico Regionale di Aidone. 


Unlocking the secrets of the Ancient World with Mary Beard

Mary Beard uncovers Alan Bowman’s ground-breaking work at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents – where the use of an innovative technique known as Reflectance Transformation Imaging is helping to shed new light on ancient artefacts, and revealing secrets hidden for thousands of years. Learn more at http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/


Classics in Oxford – Ancient Secrets & New Technologies

Presented by Ben Altshuler from the Oxford Classics Conclave. Featuring interviews with Nigel Wilson about The Clarke Plato; with Christopher Pelling on Thomas Gaisford; with Alan Bowman discussing the Ashmolean's Mummy portraits; with Dr Thomas Mannack presenting the A Paestum Skyphos; and with Dr Claudia Wagner providing insights on the Felix Gem.


The Philae Obelisk at Kingston Lacy

Ben Altshuler looks at the Philae Obelisk and its particular significance with the Philae landing. Featuring interviews with Dr Kyriakos Savvopoulos,