Introduction to Archaeological Illustration

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
February 19, 2022
Avenue Campus

Get an introduction to the theory and technique of completing archaeological illustrations using real artefacts recently raised and conserved from HMS Invincible. You’ll learn the basic skills necessary to produce archaeological illustrations of pottery and small finds.

Come and get an understanding of the difference between a drawing and an archaeological illustration. Using real artefacts, you will learn how to set up an artefact for an archaeological drawing and then how to draw it. Presentations will be combined with set illustration tasks to provide an interactive and practical experience. Under expert guidance, you will produce an illustration of an item of pottery and a small find made of wood, metal or leather.

By completing this course using real artefacts, you will get an introduction to the illustration skills that can then be applied to other archaeological artefacts. This course is part of a series of training events to create a team of volunteers to illustrate the hundreds of artefacts recently raised from HMS Invincible. You will have the opportunity to practice your new skills on the Sunday or at future volunteer illustration sessions at Southampton University or the HMS Invincible conservation lab in Poole, Dorset.



The expert tutor will be Mark Hoyle BA(hon);P.G.C.E.;MAAIS; MIfA a field archaeologist and archaeological illustrator with 27 years experience. He is currently a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists – Graphics Archaeology Group (CIfA). Mark has a background in teaching and has run many successful archaeological illustration courses for the general public and specialist groups and this is the third course he has run for NAS! See some of his work at

Dan Pascoe is a maritime archaeologist, director of Pascoe Archaeology and licencee of the HMS Invincible wreck. He will give a special presentation about HMS Invincible and the artefacts that will be available for archaeological illustration, when social distancing restrictions are lifted.


This course is for anyone interested in this traditional method of recording artefacts that is still relevant today. Divers, beachcombers, and avocational archaeologists will find this course interesting as it will teach them that through the detailed observations required for an archaeological illustration, more information can be gleaned from an artefact that might not be observed during rapid photographic recording techniques. People wishing to include the still-essential line illustrations of artefacts in publications will find this course useful as they will learn how to create these figures themselves.