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.

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Instagram here we come


As a few if you are aware, we’ve had an Instagram account for some time now but have failed to really use it. Having now discovered the joys of Instagram through the PC desktop I’m pleased to announce that we’ve started to put our ‘historical’ working shots on Instagram for your enjoyment/bemusement/amusement.

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Late prehistoric pit, Northumberland

Late prehistoric pit

Here’s a nice (if I do say so myself) 3-D model of a 0.9m diameter pit uncovered during an evaluation in Northumberland during the summer of 2019. The pit is likely late prehistoric in origin with at least two periods of use.

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