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Shedding New Light on the Past: The Potential for Short Wave Ultraviolet Photography in Archaeology

Author(s): Jacob Jensen ; Rory Becker

Year: 2015

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Recent advances technology allow digital cameras to be modified to record monochrome ultraviolet light at a high level of sensitivity. The ability to collect imagery on archaeological targets in short wave ultraviolet (wavelengths of 280 nanometers or less) reveals information previously hidden from view. Advances in camera technology, lens & filter types, and specialized lighting equipment needed to taking short wave ultraviolet images are discussed along with methodologies for collecting high quality data. Comparisons between cameras, lenses, and filter types show the variation in image quality and information gathered at the different wavelengths of ultraviolet light.

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Shedding New Light on the Past: The Potential for Short Wave Ultraviolet Photography in Archaeology. Rory Becker, Jacob Jensen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398316)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America