Archaeological Photography - Rui Pires

Archaeological and Historical Research Photography


Photography became an easier and cheaper technology to use from the 1860's, a period that also heralded within the Anglo American world an awareness for the need of systematic archaeological excavations. By the mid-1880's many excavators of archaeological sites, such as Henry Ward Putnam (then Director of the Peabody Museum, Harvard) and General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers (subsequently of the Excavations at Cranborne Chase fame), had begun to voice what later became a common dictum, that to dig was to destroy. Photography not only allowed these nineteenth century excavators to create what they reckoned were records, but progressive developments within the photographic technology from the 1860's until the 1880's also made it possible for them to appropriate photography as a distinct field methodology through which their investigations could be judged scientific.

This days, photography and video is part of any historical or archaeological study, excavation or to register sites, museums, restoration works, building archives, part of research projects, books, studies and much more.


2D photography, 3D models, photogrammetry, video, aerial video and photos, IR photography are important tools to any archaeologist or history researcher.


This photos are part of my research work in Europe, Asia and Africa. 

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