Archaeology Imaging Unit

The Archaeology Imaging Unit (AIU) is able to provide a highly specialised and professional archaeological imaging service to the School of Archaeology and wider University.

In addition, a comprehensive digital imaging & scanning service is available for most types of media and the AiU is happy to offer advice and guidance.

For more information or to use the services of the AiU, please contact:

Ian Cartwright

Tel: 01865 278251


Imaging and Photographic Services

Archaeological excavation, standing building and monumental architecture photography. Including landscape and site survey expedition photography with raised platform or aerial/drone. (See Gallery 1)



Archaeological sites, landscape and building interiors recorded using the latest 360 imaging technology. (See example here)

Multi view, high definition images made of all types of small finds. In the AiU studio or a project location (View project example)

Record, publication and publicity photographs made of a wide range of archeological objects from all time periods in the AiU studio, museum or private collection. (See Gallery 2

Reflectance Transformation scientific Imaging of a variety of archeological objects and materials in the studio or location. (View project example)

Egyptian blue image detection on materials (See Gallery 3)

We can produce time lapse photography from small time frames to days of excavation from a fixed position.

We can scan your mounted thin sections with full cross polarised light for geological identification, at high resolution.

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Scanning and image preparationfor archaeological publication.

All types of artwork scanned including prints, books and original negatives at a suitable resolution. Original sizes include 35mm-A3 formats. Large format scanningusing our A0 colour scanner available for large plans, maps or drawings for digitization.

  • Specialised digital image manipulation. Restoration and printing of archive material.
  • File conversion.We can convert image/postscript files between most formats as well as re-size files to make them suitable for web, PowerPoint or publication.
  • Printing service. We can provide a high quality small batch glossy, colour and black and white prints at A4 and A3 from your digital files or negatives. Ultra chrome prints supplied. (Ultra Chrome is a true black and white archive standard print technology from EPSON).
  • Tuition available. Graduate skill Seminars and weekend courses available at the OUDCE. Advice and assistance for School of Archaeology staff and students with their photographic requirements.
  • Loan of photographic equipment. For staff and graduates. This includes loan of basic Nikon DSLR cameras and various stands.

The units aim is to produce engaging high quality digital images of all types of archaeology from the landscape to the microscopic, that use vivid detail and crafted compositions to convey as clearly as possible the main ideas of research.