- Department: Archaeology
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. James Taylor
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of archaeological illustration. Drawing and illustration has always been a fundamental element of disciplinary practice and has always formed a cornerstone of visual media in Archaeology. Together we will consider different types of drawing and illustration for publication and archiving in Archaeology. We will examine how site plans and sections might be prepared for publication, the art of interpretative reconstruction, as well as the mechanics of illustrating artefacts and material culture using a range of techniques (analogue and digital) and conventions for illustrating different materials. All the time working towards producing a portfolio of drawings to a professional standard.
A directed option - students must pick a Practical Skills module and have a choice of which to take (one in Semester 2)
|Semester 2 2024-25
The Practical Skills modules seek to introduce you to a range of skills in various diverse areas of archaeological practice and are designed to allow you to gain experience in a 'hands-on' manner.
This specific module aims to:
By the end of the module the students should be able to:
This module will explore the techniques and value of archaeological illustration. Beginning with an overview of the principles the module will explore the value of illustration as a tool for ‘seeing’ the things we illustrate, we will think about who we are drawing for and what aspects of our material culture we want to emphasise and visually communicate to our audiences. Then we will begin to develop our style as an illustrator as we familiarise ourselves with various techniques and drawing conventions, before exploring how to visually represent different types of material culture. Finally we will spend time considering how we might create effective reconstructions and interpretative illustrations, before rounding off the course by developing skills in inking and digitisation as a mechanism for preparing your drawings for publication. Throughout the module students will be working towards the production of a portfolio of their work which will form the basis of their assessment.
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Students will work week by week towards their summative assessment during their activities in class.
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Formative: oral feedback from module leaders in class
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Drawing Archaeological finds, A Handbook. By N. Griffiths & A. Jenner with C. Wilson. 1990, Archetype publications ltd.
Approaches to Archaeological Illustration, A Handbook, By Melanie Steiner. 2005, Council for British Archaeology.
The Illustration of Lithic Artefacts: A Guide to Drawing Stone Tools for Specialist Reports, By Hazel Martingell and Alan Saville. 1988, Joint publication by The Lithics Society and the Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors.