all photographs of archaeological artefacts were done in the same way – then everything could be presented as one image. This is the idea behind PHOTARCH.
Archaeological artefacts are treasures in its original sense of the word. These objects are ours. They are part of our cultural heritage. Museums are the custodian. They take care of our heritage. Whilst not everything is on display, everything is organized and kept safe in storage. Along with every artefact registration a photograph is made. There are many schools on how this photo is best taken. This is one of them.
There's a problem within Archaeology...
When every institution have their own way of photographing, everything will differ in looks.
Solution: By having a simple, accessible method of photographing we can agree upon a standard of the look in order for the images to be as useful as possible.
When a photograph is made of an artefact, that photo is protected by copyright, even though the object it is portraying is not. That copyright allows the holder to charge a license fee for usage, adding expenses to scientific research and making it inaccessible to the public.
Solution: With an objective method with zero creative incentive, a copyright is not necessary. Set them free.