Pace Picks Up Today at Çatalhöyük

Today on site at Çatalhöyük as the 2015 excavation season gets into swing.

Çatalhöyük 2015 Excavation Begins

Testing out a new dig camera on site today as the team assembles for the 2015 excavation season at Çatalhöyük.

On Site Today at Çatalhöyük

Chris helps Kasia with a skeleton removal in a Building 80 burial (South Area) as Justine logs details.

On going excavation in Trench 3 of the TP Connection area just East of the South Shelter.

Wide view of the North Area excavation underneath the shelter.


Artifact Photo Scales

After coming across friend and colleague Colleen Morgan's post about artifact photo scales, I thought I'd throw in my two cents on the subject.

Scales in archaeological photography are an ongoing curiosity for me. As necessary as they are to give a sense of size to the photos' subject, it so often appears that little attention is given to their proportion and composition in the photograph. It's as if a larger and more dominant scale is meant to give the image more scientific weight and credibility. But to me, photos taken in this matter reflect a lack of care and attention to detail, that ends up distracting from the artifact's representation. Maybe my photographic eye is being too hyper-critical, but I would say a little extra attention to the details of scale size and placement can make a big difference in how the arifact photo is viewed and appreciated down the line.

To help in this endeavor, here's a scale template I've made in Adobe Illustrator which you can print out on photo paper and cut out for use.

scales.jpg

Download: Scales.pdf