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date: 24 May 2020

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Images do many things: they capture data, they analyse and explain it in very particular ways; they are used as evidence to give weight to arguments; they stand in for the original; they contain and convey information to specialists and the public alike and they do this by transforming vastly complex material into usable and visible form. But they are not neutral. All images are sign systems that are more or less effective for the uses they have been chosen. Some are even purposely misleading. This chapter explores the phenomenon of light in pictorial images, showing its many and varied applications in archaeological and rock-art imaging, and how each genre carries conceptual, metaphysical, and phenomenological weight. Examples from fine art are used as examples to explain some of the genres used in archaeological illustration and their links to past and present conventions of visual imaging.

Keywords: light, shadow, image, copies, pictorial, archaeology, shrine, perspective, rock art

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