Indiana Joneses in hi-tech race against Islamic State

The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is under threat from Islamic State militants

Some of the Middle East’s most highly prized archaeological treasures are under threat from the extremist militants of Islamic State (IS).

So archaeologists are desperately trying to record as much of these sites as they can.

And, in contrast to Indiana Jones and its low-tech bullwhip, they’re using the latest technology to do it.

But it may already be too late for the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. This once-rich oasis straddling age-old caravan routes, featuring colonnaded porticos and the sleek sandstone Tower of Elahbel, fell to IS on 21 May 2015.

The city is now strewn with landmines.

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