Archaeological illustrator

 21 February 2011

Archaeological illustrators work in cultural heritage to record, interpret and disseminate information. It is a growing field within archaeology as a whole, due to modern computer and printing technologies. Illustrative material is included in nearly all academic archaeological documents. It is also increasingly a method of study in its own right.

Recording and interpreting information.
Recording and interpreting information.

Archaeological illustration is now used more in the public eye. It is used in museums, cultural centres and even television programmes. Archaeological illustrators prepare detailed drawings to help people understand archaeological information. Their illustrations are used in the recording of archaeological finds. This includes textbooks, reference books, instruction manuals and on websites.

Illustrators combine art and graphic design skills to produce a wide range of illustrations. These are for:

  • Maps, plans, diagrams and technical drawings of artefacts for academic and popular publications and books
  • Brochures and leaflets
  • Educational, training and reference materials
  • Instruction manuals and brochures.

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