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  1. As a new PhD student interested in pursuing lithic technology and environmental change during the Mesolithic period in Southern England, I have found this blog to be very helpful in obtaining more information as to current research projects. Thanks for setting it up!

  2. Thank you for sharing the very useful advice for photographing finds.
    Can you advise me where the windsor background cards can be obtained. I self record on PAS and usually struggle with decent backgrounds when recording lithics.

    • Hi Ian, any good quality card will do – if you have a decent artists’ shop or I’m pretty sure the big chain Staples will do it. For right now I’m having more success with opaque display blocks sat on a white bakground or a mirror. They allow enough light to underlie the object and so reduce shadows and edge-contrast problems (see for supplier info). Lighting is always the tricky thing – no flash, no tungston/yellowish light. I invested in a proper photo-light (white balance and can also be filtered) which I use with or without degrees of daylight. With lithics, the key is to try pick out the nuances of flake removals and retouching. For supporting a thin or irregular object, I use either blue tack or silicone ‘ear plugs’ which you can get at Boots.

      Black backgrounds for stone tools are probably the most attractive, but the most difficult to get right – especially where one needs a depth of field. Professionals (I’m self-taught) can photoshop objects onto backgrounds, but for me it’s about speed, accuracy and effieciency – especially when doing commercial reports. The constant bugbear is “dust” which causes speckling, especially when using a macro-lens.

      Hope this is helpful? -Spence

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