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Photo Laboratory


The Photo Laboratory of the Archaeological Institute was used for the independent research and publishing works oft he Research Archive for Roman Sculpture (now Research Archive for Ancient Sculpture) in times of analog photography. The photographers created from the recording to the processing in the darkroom a majority of figures by themselves. Additionally, all the works for teaching and publications have been conducted here.


In the years around the turn of the millenium, a change to digital photography and picture processing occured in the photographical campaigns. With the establishment of the image database ARACHNE, the necessity for processing of the analog collections of the institute became obvious.


Today, the work oft he photo laboratory can be divided into the following sections:

  • Further photographical campaigns are being conducted in order to record collections of antiquities. The records are processed and shown with the requirement and principles of ARACHNE.
  • Digitalization campaigns allow the analysis and transfer of analog photographical collections of internal and external holdings.
  • With issues of database maintenance and the contact with users of Arachne in mind, phototechnical questions and problems are addressed and possibly solved.

Within the means of the curriculum of the institute, an exercise on „Photographical Documentation of Archaeological Objects“ is conducted regularly. Ideally, it aims to enable the participants to ensure good quality for photographies within their own work. 

Expansion of photography based documentation methods (f. e. RTI, Structure from Motion, VIL, etc.) are discussed and tried in cooperation with the chair of Archaeoinformatics, in order to be implemented into teaching.

Room: 216, 2nd floor