Haddow Conference at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30 Research in cognitive evolution has encouraged the notion that cognitive changes have occurred in human history, whether genetically linked or not. At the same time, work on the plasticity and distributed nature of cognitive processes argues strongly that mind is embedded in context. For example, for Fuchs and Schlimmeconsciousness does not develop in an isolated brain, but only in a living organism enmeshed in its environment. Clark argues that recent work on cognitive models, neuroscience and robotics indicates that our thinking comes about as an interaction between brain and world.
I draw artifacts, infographics, and maps, as well as reconstruction scenes of past people, architecture, and landscapes.
Becoming an archaeological illustrator was a long journey, I was an archaeologist first. I earned a B. I found archaeological illustration allowed me to combine my archaeological background with art to earn a living, at the same time as fulfilling my artistic cravings.
You can see the range of my work here.
Ian Hodder runs the project through Stanford University. You can find out more about the site here. Me last week touching up an illustration of a stone female figurine in the Konya Archaeology Museum.
Our working day starts a 6 am and goes to 6: I have a lot to get done this season as the project is preparing a final round of publications and this is my last chance to draw artifacts for the different specialist chapters no artifacts can leave the country. Right now I am in the midst of drawing pottery sherds, groundstone tools, and some figurines.
Each artifact is carefully measured and drawn to scale in pencil. At this stage I usually confer with the material specialist to make sure I have included all the details they are interested in, such as manufacturing marks or special views. I then ink the illustration by hand on drafting film and add finishing details such as scales and continuation lines digitally.
I also work closely with the site photographer, Jason Quinlanto make sure everything is documented properly. I sometimes even use his orthophoto models as a foundation to draw on for very complicated objects. Because there is so much to draw, I have 3 other illustrators helping me out this season: A not insignificant portion of my time is going to management of the other illustrators, meeting with the material specialists to arrange what everyone is drawing, and archiving the finished illustrations.
Neolithic stone female figurine excavated in Neolithic clay stamp seals.
Neolithic botanical Remains Cereal Spikelet Forks. Neolithic clay bead typology. Roman glass tear catcher bottles. There are currently no ongoing excavations, the last digging stopped a couple weeks ago.
When there is active excavation I am sometimes called up on site to record wall paintings or other complicated features. I use sheets of clear mylar to trace off the wall paintings and then scan and digitize them.
Once they are in digital form I can use my knowledge of other wall paintings on site to try and reconstruct parts of them. Below are and example of a wall painting recording and of a architectural feature recording. My recording of a molded plaster head with obsidian eyes and paint that adorned Building Finally, in between drawing artifacts and reconstructing wall paintings, I have been working with the excavators and material specialists to collect information for future reconstructions.
Off site this year I will be working on a series of isometric drawings of buildings excavated since Before I leave site I need to make sure I have all the information necessary to do this, including excavation records, 3D models, building plans, and elevation drawings.
This is always a time consuming process, involving many conversations and drafts to get the details and archaeological evidence represented just right. Below are some examples of an isometric drawing and some reconstructions from past publications.
Isometric drawing of Building Cereal processing in Building A baby burial with grave goods from Building The plaster skull burial left:This isn't a book about the site of Catalhoyuk, so if you're looking for that, you'll be sorely out of luck. In fact, this is a story about the people who excavated the site, with Catalhoyuk as an occasional bit player.
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Dating to ∼ BCE, it putatively depicts an explosive summit eruption of the Hasan Dağı twin-peaks volcano located ∼ km northeast of Çatalhöyük, and a birds.
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