Please help me!!!
I’m writing my thesis on how stone tools accrue patterns of use (scarring, fractures) after performing particular activity (cutting, scraping) against a particular material (bone, flesh, plant material). I’ve performed 32 activities with different variables.
I’m brand new (5 hours into youtube tutorials) with ImageJ (times also running short), and I was hoping to get some advice on the best way to present this.
Overlapping before and after pictures? Is there a way to do an edge profile instead of an entire surface profile- how can I isolate the edge? My before and after pics (just through a Nikon camera) are slightly different due to marginal lighting differences and thats messed up the surface profiles because the depth appears different when it’s really not.
After use, on a macro level, the edge is worn down, how can I plot that on the software. I’m looking at the use-patterns through SEM as well as 200x light microscopy (but don’t have before pictures, because especially with SEM it would cost me a billion). Can I stack and then compare patterns. Any statistics tests I should run?
I swear I’m not being lazy by asking, it’s just that its 1am and I’m deeply stressing.
I will be so grateful for any general comments, suggestions, or in-depth answers. THANK YOU.