Although archaeological illustration shares many things with scientific illustration it has its own conventions and techniques. Here are a few recommended books and resources for anyone interested in archaeological illustration:
Student’s Guide to Archaeological Illustrating by Brian Dillon
Approaches to Archaeological Illustration - A Handbook by Mélanie Steiner - particularly good as it covers the techniques used by illustrators in great detail.
There are various technical papers published by The Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors:
Archaeological Illustration (PDF)
Scientists Date Publication Of The Iliad
Scientists who decode the genetic history of humans by tracking how genes mutate have applied the same technique to one of the Western world’s most ancient and celebrated texts to uncover the date it was first written.
The text is Homer’s Iliad, and Homer – if there was such a person – probably wrote it in 762 B.C., give or take 50 years, the researchers found. The Iliad tells the story of the Trojan War – if there was such a war – with Greeks battling Trojans.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/scientists-date-publication-iliad
Map of the ruins of the Temple of Karnak
The ruins of Persepolis, Iran
Comb with Scythians in Battle, Late 5th - early 4th century BCE Russia (now Ukraine)
The Hermitage Museum
Shortcut of the Day: Hirochi Sugimoto
Persian goblet, c. 1800 BCE
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Currently not on view
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