Foreword

Archaeology is necessarily a destructive science, as the very process of excavation involves the removal of objects from their original context; however, the archaeological team seeks to maximize the nondestructive recovery of information at every step along the way from discovery, to analysis, to conservation. The capture of images of cultural remains and artifacts—paleoimaging—is central to that process. In this book, Beckett and Conlogue call upon their considerable hands-on experience to provide an in-depth examination of the three most important imaging techniques, photography, radiography, and endoscopy, and explain how these techniques can be applied to all aspects of archaeological and artifactual analysis. Other authors have touched on individual aspects of this subject matter, but this is the first volume to provide the rationale and methodology for each technique and to synthesize them in one place. As such it is a tremendously valuable resource.

There are several significant themes that run throughout this volume that are worth emphasizing in this foreword. They are the importance of teamwork, the concept of multimodal imaging, and the effective use of technology. I will address these themes in sequence.

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