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Paleoimaging: Field Applications for Cultural Remains and Artifacts demanding places. However, I've never been in a place so remote that I utilized a tent and generator as the authors have. The projects described within the book 2009 give a whole new meaning to "in-the-field" imaging, but demonstrate that seemingly insurmountable obstacles Reviewed by: Michael D. Calhoun, R.T. can be overcome. Radiology Director The book provides great Shady Grove Adventist Hospital detail, but it is not tedious reading. The number of Kudos to Professors Conlogue and pages (390) is just about Beckett for writing a complete and right, not too long, and filled insightful introduction and guide to with many interesting paleoimaging ~ This book deftly fills a-void --[,icture,s demonj trating for the radiographer desiring to learn creative, in-thecfield set-up more about this area of specialized with corresponding images. imaging. Unfortunately, most schools of I was impressed with the radiography never cover the material that flow of the book starting is outlined in this book, leaving the wouldwith the photography, be paleoimager to learn on-the-job, a less conventional radiography, than desirable scenario. As well as the computer-based imaging, radiographer, this book may interest endoscopy and lastly, but archeologists and anthropologists as an most importantly, safety. overview on how the tools of palioimaging The safety chapter provide useful data for their analysis, discusses not only radiation along with the added benefit of being safety, but physical hazards non-destructive. Although an imaging and risks associated with background would be helpful , the the field location and explanations of various pertinent environment. Each chapter modalities make it easy for anyone to logically builds upon the understand and to put the learning next. Case studies, tables, acquired in this book to good use .. and templates offorms for I certainly do not put myself in the same documentation enhance the category as the authors whose vast text with practical experience is vividly portrayed in this book. However, information. The companion CD provides a nice with almost 30 years of imaging experience and a personal touch, giving one the feel of attending an veteran ofnine'forensie-ex-hMmaliOAS, 1four.\dcmyself - - ----i;nfo""al, lotmd-table-elassroom~ecrur.e t>y one..of..lb,,-saying "Yes! Thafs right! They're dead-on!" - no pun authors. intended. I readily admit my bias and enthusiasm for forensic and For the radiographer who desires to do paleoimaging or archeological imaging, which must be apparent to forensic imaging, this book is a great how-to guide. It anyone reading this review. I only wish I had the not only examines a range of imaging techniques, but advantage of reading this book fifteen years ago, prior to also explains how these techniques can be applied to all my first forensic in-the-field experience. It would have aspects of forensic and archeological analysis. It is an enabled me to be more confident, and devoid of even instructive primer for anyone interested in pursuing or the slightest glimmer of timidity when confronted by enhancing their skills in these areas. As I recalled unexpectedly unique situations. This book will appeal to previous forensiC: projects, I was able to correlate and a limited demographic population. However, for the collaborate many of the author's suggestions and radiographer who seeks to advance in the discipline, it's mentally file away worthwhile and instructive ideas for a must read , indeed! future field projects. I wholeheartedly agree with the authors' recommendation that an experienced radiographer be part of any archaeological or forensic team. Adaptability, creativity and critical thinking are prerequisites for any successful paleo/forensic . radiographer. I thought I was challenged when selting up dark rooms in bathrooms, closets and other by, Ronald G. Beckett and Gerald J. Conlogue CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, Septl\mber,
Book Review of Paleoimaging: Field Applications for Cultural Remains and Artifacts as it appeared in Scientific Sleuthing Review.