Conclusions

Endoscopic use in anthropological and archaeological studies is well documented in the literature and has earned its place in the paleoimaging data collection arsenal. The instrumentation flexibility of endoscopic technology demonstrates its versatility in a variety of contexts including fieldwork, laboratories, museums, and medical facilities. Preliminary light wave reflectance technology in anthropological studies shows promise yet more research and validation are clearly required before it finds its place in the paleoimaging domain.

Finally, to enhance the reproducibility of research associated with endoscopic applications in anthropology and archaeology, standards for procedural aspects and data recording need to be adopted. In this fashion, through standards of recording and procedural application, the role of endoscopy can be further assessed and expanded to yield verifiable data for scientific endeavors.

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