A visual reconstruction of an archaeological subject such as a costume, building or settlement for example, gives one an immediate impression of how something may have appeared in the past, allowing the viewer to gain a possible insight into the lives of their ancestors. This type of visual language can bypass the usual conventions used to describe such data which normally may only be understood by specialists within a particular field, and thus can communicate directly and instantly in an exciting and stimulating way to a general audience. It may therefore be true that archaeological reconstruction provides the most immediate interface between the archaeologist and the public.