The Scanning for Syria project has been awarded a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in the category Research.
For the last nine years, the Syrian civil war has caused sorrow and destruction. Besides displacing millions and killing thousands, it has badly impacted the rich cultural heritage the region is known for. Many archaeological artifacts have been destroyed or looted.
In order to counter (part of) this loss, the Scanning for Syria project was initiated by academics from Leiden University and Delft University of Technology under the auspices of Leiden Delft Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development. With a NWO- KIEM Creatieve Industrie grant, the project embarked on the use of 3D scanning and printing technology to make high quality reproductions of 12th century BC clay tablets.