I am a Near Eastern Studies scholar and former Fulbright recipient (Germany). The majority of my research examines cultural heritage, archaeology, and anthropology of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean with focus on Syria – notably its ancient synagogues. More recently I have explored non-invasive (or virtual) restoration of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes with 3D VR and Game Engine technology. I am also interested in photogrammetry, remote sensing and issues relating to cultural property protection.
Recent research and field work includes the virtual and physical exhibition “The Digital Apamea Project”: 3D VR restoration and photogrammetry of the 4th C Byzantine synagogue at Apamea on Orontes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrU2rck-RDQ ); Virtual restoration of the 4th C (Constantinian) frescoes from Trier; Roman inscriptions from Brescia; survey and restoration of mediaeval frescoes (Piedmonte) and survey of the mediaeval oratorio at Cerveno (Lombardy).
I am an accredited journalist and have written over 30 articles for various publications to include: The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Catholic Herald, Aeon Magazine, Times of India, Anthropology Today, 9 Muses News etc. I am a committee member of ICOMOS ICORP-UK (International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness), Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics and an active member of English PEN.
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