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Archaeological Illustration & Graphic Design

Cardiff Archaeology and Conservation offer a full range of graphic and digital services.

Traditional artefact illustrations (pen and ink) and reconstructions (pencil, pen and ink and water colour) are provided by Ian Dennis BA, an archaeologist and professional graphic designer with over 25 years experience. Published illustration work is extensive and includes: Unearthed (Bailey et al, 2010), Building Memories (Whittle et al, 2007), Gathering Time (Whittle et al, 2011) and Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods (Bayliss & Hines, 2013).

Illustratrion of antler comb

In addition to traditional archaeological illustration we also offer a full range of services using Adobe Creative Suite CS6. This includes digitising maps, plans and sections, preparing all types of images for press or archive, poster design and typesetting services (this ranges from pamphlets, booklets and advertising literature to reports, books and monographs). Published work includes: The Lost City of the Legion booklet, The Caer Heritage Project booklet, History of Medicine Sources in Wales brochure, Working in Memphis (Nicholson, 2013).

The PDF documents below show a small selection of types of work undertaken.



We are especially experienced in prepress work for archaeological, historic and other academic and professional publishers such as Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Oxbow.

Our dedicated studio has a Hewlett-Packard Designjet 5500ps printer, allowing us to offer full colour large-format printing on Photogloss paper, film or heavy-weight paper and poster printing from A4 (210 x 297 mm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches) to A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.11 x 46.81 inches) and a Chroma Tx 40 Plus scanner allowing large format scanning (up to 1m wide and up to 5m in length and beyond). This scanner is ideal for archiving site plans and other unusually large records and documents. We are able to print onto film or to save as digital files.



For further information about the types of work we can carry out, or for a quote, please contact:

Mr Ian Dennis

Position:Archaeological Illustrator
Ian Dennis
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 70065Extension: 70065

Mrs Kirsty Harding

Position:Graphic Designer & Digital Archaeological Illustrator
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 70065Extension: 70065