Situational Variables

When conducting field radiography, many variables influence the manner in which the paleoimager approaches the research task at hand. If another researcher is to fully understand how the data were collected, it is important to report as much about the physical setting as possible. Factors such as how much workspace there was, what were the temperature and humidity variables, and what the setting was (indoor, outdoor, imaging center, field, tomb, cave, etc.) provide information that can explain associated problems and possible solutions for the imaging project. For example, a humid environment may impact the way in which instant film is processed and would be valuable information for other researchers. If a researcher devised a way to overcome this challenge, the report should reflect those problem resolutions.

As much information as possible about the setting and context should be reported, supported with photographic documentation. If the work is being conducted in a tomb, the specific tomb characteristics should be noted, including conditions influencing tube and image receptor placement. The overall project goals and physical descriptions of the subjects under investigation should be reported. These data will also provide direction to the imaging study.

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