Archaeological Illustration Literature

Archaeological Illustration by Ian Kirkpatrick
Archaeological Illustration by Ian Kirkpatrick http://www.iankirkpatrick.ca

Three or four times over the past month (!) I’ve been confronted with the need to track down literature on the historical development of archaeological illustration. This is a research topic that I can find only a handful of papers on, and I’m wondering now if it is just a seriously understudied subject matter (which, to some extent, I suspect it is) or if I’m simply not looking in the right places for relevant texts.  Those that repeatedly pop up in my literature review include Piggott’s (1978) Antiquity Depicted, Bradley’s (1997) article in The Cultural Life of Images, Lewuillon’s (2002) article in Antiquity, and several others (by Piggott, Lucas, Smiles, Dixon, etc.) scattered around in various journals and edited volumes.

I’d love to hear of other published or unpublished literature on the subject.  References to in-progress work would also be much appreciated.

Presentations and more presentations

The past month has been incredibly busy. I delivered four research presentations in five weeks, and have been involved in the final stages of editing a couple of upcoming publications which I’m very excited about (in Archaeologies and the Archaeological Review from Cambridge).

Experimenting with the archaeological eye... Slide from HARN conference presentation
Experimenting with the archaeological eye... Slide from HARN conference presentation

The abstracts from our HARN conference are available here — the event was a great success and we anticipate that it will lead to publication of some of the presenters’ papers in early 2010.  Our next conference will likely take place in September in Oxford.

The students from the MA in Archaeological Illustration course at Swindon College were fantastic — it was great to interact with, and learn from, full-time, skilled image makers whose ideas and energy around visual presentation, illusion and manipulation are so intellectually productive and yet so often neglected by archaeological professionals.

This next month brings a lot of work related to my PhD and VIA.  In reference to the latter, I’m always on the lookout for new additions to the VIA research showcase, so do let me know of projects that might complement VIA’s aims.