Figure 7.34 lateral radiograph of luang Pho dang Piyasilo showing sunglasses and dentures.
Paleoimaging the Internal context summary
The assessment of artifacts associated with the internal context of mummified remains is crucial to the understanding of the human experience, and exemplifies a major facet of the bioarchaeological construct. The field imaging modalities of conventional radiography and endoscopy conducted at or near the original context of the remains amplify the meaning and interpretability of the data collected. Each modality complements the other, and they should be used in combination. Not only can imaging render an enhanced understanding of the cultural materials and their associations with individual remains or populations, but it can also potentially provide a more accurate sense of the temporal context associated with those remains. The latter is obviously more meaningful in the analysis of internal context artifacts associated with historic rather than prehistoric individuals or populations.
Artifacts associated with the internal context offer invaluable information and allow for more in-depth evaluations and interpretations of past peoples. There are, however, many artifacts that are associated with the mummified remains but are considered to be held within the external context, that is, outside the body or its wrappings. The imaging of objects of the external context will be discussed in Chapter 8.
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