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Adventures in Illustration 

This year, I’ve been centring my course choices around more practical options. One such course chosen was Archaeological Illustration. I was super excited for this course and am so glad to say I’ve loved this past term. One of the main reasons for this was my final assessment project .

While one project consisted of an excavation plan digital drawing the other was a free project. Some people chose to do artefact illustrations, others went down a reconstruction route. For mine I chose to do an educational poster aimed at primary school children as I wanted to experiment with colours and expanding archaeology’s reach beyond academia. For my subject/muse I selected a topic close to my heart – the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The Lindisfarne Gospels is stored in the British Library over 300 miles from its birthplace. Many locals know little or nothing at all about its origin or even what it is. Hence I decided to address this issue from the bottom up through school children. Luckily, I had some keen northern cousins to test my ideas out on and refine the illustration!

Anyway, essay over – here’s the final piece:


(One exam down, one to go)

Over the last academic year, I was lucky enough to work with Edinburgh University Archaeology Society as the Publicity Officer. I was responsible for a range of things from marketing to managing the social media (was lucky enough to be invited to SHSMG!)  but I also got to have some fun with design. 

So, as a mini exam break thought I’d document some of the work I created for ArchSoc’s events. It should be noted that I am a great user of Canva which is a graphics program I would highly recommend using!

1. Cave of Wonders

For an end of year celebration, ArchSoc organised a ‘Cave of Wonders’ flat party. I decided the gems fit nicely with that theme while at the same time looking pretty jazzy

2. Cake 🎂

The university had asked to host an event to encourage final year students to complete the NSS survey (something I don’t completely agree with). And what pulls student in? Food. More specifically free food.

3. ArchSoc Fieldwork Fair

Our big event! For this event we had invited many different lecturers and professors to talk about their current field projects open to students. In addition, we gathered people from multiple archaeological companies in and around Edinburgh including Historic Scotland, DigIt! and more. Originally our poster was very plain, too wordy and not very eye catching so I produced this which was then put up on the digital screens around university.

4. Latest Event

Our latest event is a clash of Archaeology and Eurovision – maybe Vere Gordon Childe would have attended this party? I wanted to incorporate the host country Ukraine’s flag and did so by using a blue and yellow colour palette 🇺🇦
Hope you enjoyed this rather simple blog post for now, I plan to build up content over the next fortnight or so..aaaand will potentially be starting my very own archaeology podcast (thinking Relic Radio?) at some point this year 

Long Time No See!

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here but lucky for this blog it’s exam season and I’m a strong procrastinator. Once exams are over, I’m hoping to post some stuff about fieldwork this summer, my courses this year, my work with ArchSoc and just general stuff like trips I’ve taken.

But first, theoretical archaeology calls. 

Three is a Magic Number (Hopefully…)

So, second year is all wrapped up and pleased to I passed!! I thought Roman World was going to be a risky are but I made it through, praise be to the high heavens. Now I have to look onwards to 3rd year and honours courses – in Scotland 1st & 2nd year don’t count towards your final degree but 3rd & 4th year do.

In the true style of Archaeological departments, information about available courses was sparse and the when and where of signing up for them was clouded with vague mystery. Eventually however, we were told a date when the forms would open and on that day I woke at the god damn crack of dawn regardless of my 3 hour sleep. I was gunna beat all those other wannabes and get first dibs (I have no idea if courses are done first come first served but in the Game of Courses you win or you die). A few minutes and a couple of clicks later and I had registered for…. *drum roll plz*

  • Archaeology in Practice
  • Archaeology of Architecture
  • Here Comes the War: Conflict Archaeology and the Human Past
  • Theoretical Archaeology
  • Archaeological Illustration
  • Byzantine Archaeology: The Archaeology of the Byzantine Empire

The first three are my semester 1 options and the last three my semester 2 options.

Archaeology in Practice covers aspects of conservation, museum studies and presenting archaeological finds to the public. In addition, it explores the roles and activities of the professional archaeologist.
Archaeology of Architecture encompasses the construction of buildings from many time periods including medieval and Victorian. It also works around both complete structures as well as lesser preserved remains and the use of 3D scanning to recreate sites digitally.
‘Here Comes the War’ touches on the idea of conflict from prehistory right through to post World War and how conflict/war can be preserved and spotted within the archaeological record.
Theoretical Archaeology explores the changing nature of archaeology as a discipline throughout its evolution.
Archaeological Illustrations focuses on all forms of visual representation of archaeological finds through drawing, photography and more.
Byzantine Archaeology looks at the area and time between the Islamic world and the early medieval kingdoms of Europe (one of the areas I always run to whenever I visit the British Museum).

It goes without saying I’m excited and ready for these new challenges.

Bucket Listing

Recently Casa del Hall has been tipped on its head and shaken up as part of a clear out for the car boot this Sunday.

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Out & About with Mamma Hall

So today the sun is shining. Parents have dragged their children outside in hope they’ll lose them in a field for an hour or two of peace and quiet. Tops are flying off left, right and centre and you can hear cider cans being cracked open every second.

So of course mi madré and I decided to take a little ~cultural~ trip out to the local Roman theatre Verulamium and enjoy the unusual British sunshine.  Continue reading “Out & About with Mamma Hall”

Fieldwork: Numero Dos

It’s round 2.

I am finally all set up for my second bout of fieldwork as part of my degree! This time round we’re hitting up Monte Bernorio near Santander in Spain.

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So this is me tying up my clunky too big walking boots in 40 degree heat on World Archaeology Day. This would be my first of many ‘real’ excavations. This blog is to share stories and facts from all my archaeological adventures to get you, the people, interested in what we do.We do do it mainly for the public after all – without you guys we’re as good as dust.
So yeah, buckle in for not so Indiana Jones-esque tales about the world of digging up the past

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