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Infrared Imaging and Artifacts: Attempting to See Beyond the Human Eye

Author(s): Samuel M Cuellar

Year: 2015

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Infrared photography has been a useful tool for archaeologists in observing unseen macrofeatures, particularly with aerial photography and sattelite imaging. However, the infrared spectrum's potential usefullness to archaeologists extends beyond the macroscale. Recovery of trace details, writing, corrosion patterns, and other elements invisible to the human eye and visible light protography may be possible through the use of infrared photography. Using a converted Canon 20D digital Single-Lens Reflex (dSLR) camera, this paper explores the effect of incorporating different lighting techniques in conjunction with an afforable infrared imaging system to analyze the potential of documenting hidden details of artifacts both pre- and post-conservation. Artifact types include metals, a 19th-century Bible with handwritten notes, cloth, wood, and ceramics.

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Infrared Imaging and Artifacts: Attempting to See Beyond the Human Eye. Samuel M Cuellar. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434188)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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