What if we all used the same method when photographing Archaeological Artefacts …

then one object could be placed next to another, found at different excavations, excavated at different times, containing artefacts from different time periods, and still maintain a cohesive look.

The question

Before an archaeological artifact is either put on display in a museum or, more likely, archived – a picture is taken. Often using different lighting set-ups, different camera gear and different methods of photographing, resulting in differently looking images. What if we did things differently?

An answer

By adhering to a few key elements when taking the picture, using a method that can be easily replicable, a unified image could be achieved. Making a combined collection scientifically useful whilst being publicly accessible.

An Image of the Past

is a passion project by archaeologist and photographer, Daniel Lindskog. As of 2023 the project has been awarded The FujiFilm Regional Grant Award and will be realized and presented, first at the annual European Association of Archaeologists conference in Belfast and later the same year in Tokyo, Japan.

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PhotArch is made by Daniel Lindskog, founder of The Archaeo Agency, Arkeologibyrån, a VAT registered company in Sweden specializing in the presentation of our Cultural Heritage.