Italy: Roman scientists restore ancient sculptures from IS-ravaged PalmyraFebruary 16, 2017 at 20:10 (GMT) · Published
Restoration artists in Rome restored two sculptures from a museum in the Syrian town of Palmyra after they were damaged by militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), at the Italian Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Thursday.
Restoration artist, Antonio Laccarino Idelson described the process of reconstruction, and said that using a "3D scan of the whole head we were able to divide the head into two symmetric part, and then with a mathematical operation we were able to mirror the existing part on the missing part."
Former mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli, said the significance of the project lay was the way it symbolised a refusal to accept "that the last word is given to terrorists." He added: "If they want to destroy there will always be somebody able to rebuild."