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Finished Strip

no layers strip

Pretty much finished with the first strip drawing – am passing onto strip no. 2, a zoom in of the central bit of the strip with shading and material.

I’m ditching the folding for now – will simply have two strips.

Am planning to go pretty big print-wise – document size now is 460 x 1200. I’m keeping the same height for the rendered strip but the width will be smaller.

Should I print this big or scale it down a bit? Any suggestions?


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A Bit About Archeology

Some notes, mainly for myself, about archeology… Don’t know how useful it’s turning out to be now with my foray into forgery but I thought I’d just lay them out for later reference.

The process of archeology:

I. Field survey



The field survey determines weather the soil is sterile or not. Sampling and aerial photography (from planes, kites, balloons etc) is widely used. Sampling is a quick way to determine the amount of artefacts in a certain area, while aerial imagery shows underlaying plan of ruins since plants have different growth patterns when growing over walls.

Ultraviolet, infrared, ground penetrating radar, LiDAR and thermography are some of the new methods being used. Magnetometers detect magnetic deviations caused by buried metal fragments. Underwater archeology uses sonars.

II. Excavation

Excavation is conducted abiding to Harris’s Laws of Archeological Stratigraphy, a set of basic rules of excavation and documentation of artefacts. According to the type of soil, site and artefacts, topsoil (overburden) is removed with a JCB and then finer tools are used on deeper levels. Extensive photography and detail sheets are filled in.

III. Analysis


Some new disciplines of archeology:

A. Experimental Archeology –  represents the application of the experimental method to develop more highly controlled observations of processes that create and impact the archaeological record.

B. Archaeometry – the study of archeological measurement. It emphasizes the application of analytical techniques from physics, chemistry, and engineering. It is a field of research that frequently focuses on the definition of the chemical composition of archaeological remains for source analysis.

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