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Dr Zena Kamash from the Department of Classics, is taking part in a three day exhibition of a replica arch from Palmyra which is on display in Trafalgar Square this week (19-21 April).
The arch which has been created using a 3D printer is an accurate recreation of a section of the arch of triumph which was destroyed last year.
Dr Kamash and her team have a stand in Trafalgar Square and are inviting visitors to write postcards to Palmyra, with their hopes for the future of the site written on them and how they feel about the reconstructed arch. The postcards will be used as part of her project ‘Remembering the Romans in the Middle east and North Africa’ which aims to raise awareness around the cultural importance of the archaeology of this region.
Dr Zena Kamash, Department of Classics said: “Although I have misgivings about the reconstructed arch itself and am not convinced that this is the way forward for Palmyra, the project has enabled my students and me to hear the remarkable stories and memories of many people both from Syria and visitors to the site. I feel these voices need to be heard and acknowledged.”
More information about the project can be found on Dr Kamash’s blog:
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