Archaeological artefact illustration

archaeological illustrationIllustration is a traditional way of representing diagnostic and artefacts of interest in an archaeological report or publication.

The artefacts are inked by hand using line and stipple techniques on sheets of drafting film, which once dry can be scanned in and produced in various digital formats and scales.

As a standard, Vindomora Solutions use 75 micron drafting film, usually cut to fit A3 or A2 depending on the client’s needs (and the size of the artefacts to be drawn) and we use Rotring inks and pens.

The illustrations can be presented to the client on the drafting film, or as mentioned above can be scanned to produce digital imagery, usually archive quality uncompressed .tiff (tagged image file format) files.

Depending on requirements (and physical size of the illustration), the images can be scanned at a resolution up to 1200dpi, though most publications are happy with 400-600dpi. Once scanned, these images can easily be inserted into CorelDRAW (version 12 compatible), AutoCAD (version 2007 compatible) or TurboCAD (2012 version compatible) producing print-ready files for the client to send to relevant publishers.

All illustrations are produced with a graded scale.

All types, sizes and materials illustrated.

Our heritage solutions - useful info


Pre-planning application (PRE-APP)

Archaeological Schemes
If you're at PRE-APP stage and have advice from your Local Authority that an archaeological project is required to inform your application, we can help.


Planning Condition

Archaeological Schemes
If you've applied for your planning application and have received archaeological conditions or pre-commencement conditions in your paperwork, please click below to see how we can help.


Scheduled Monuments
(SMC work)

Archaeological Schemes
Archaeological schemes of work are required when development takes place within the boundary of a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Please click the button below to see how we can help.


Works to Listed Buildings

Historic Building Schemes
If you're working on a Listed Building, there's a good chance you'll need an archaeologist to record and/or research the building before works commence and possible monitor your scheme while its underway. Please click here to see what we can do to help.


Non-designated Heritage Assets

Historic Building Schemes
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows Local Authorities to designate buildings as non-designated heritage assets. If you're working on such a building, its likely you'll need an archaeologist to undertake a recording scheme.


Community or private works

Heritage Schemes
If you're a community group or charity looking for advice or to take part in (or set up) an archaeological project (or for any other archaeological works not planning-related), we can help.

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