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The preservation warriors: saving the past for the future

As more of the world’s cultural monuments face destruction from ISIS and other groups, activists rush to preserve history with shovels and software. 

KARIM KADIM/AP/FILE

Daniel Kruel is used to wandering through ancient Babylon. He strolls down the city’s buff-colored streets. He glides past the imposing Ishtar Gate, built by King Nebuchadnezzar II around 575 BC. He meanders down an avenue flanked by high brick walls toward a distant staircase, and stops to admire the outlines of a willowy creature with a dragon’s head.

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