Registering the finds
Photographs and ARKTraditionally, each find would have a record card with important details of the find and a sketch so that it was visually recognisable. The sketch also acts as a check if, for some reason, the labels or bags for the finds become mixed. The transition to recording straight into a digital media (ARK database in our case) means that the sketch is no longer an easy option. We therefore try to take quick photos of every item that is recorded. The volume of finds means that these are ‘quick and dirty’ photos, a training ground for finds photography but essentially the digital equivalent of the sketch. The intention is normally to then either publish a drawing of a find where the details are not obscured by colouration of the artefact, or to take a publication quality photograph later once the object has been fully studied and chosen for publication.The ARK database developed by L-P: Archaeology – Hembo Pagi © University of Southampton
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