chapter  19
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History and archaeology

Drawing is a particularly useful tool to employ in the study of the history of architecture and in related fields of archaeology. The site sketch supplemented by measurements on the ground brings the organisation, structure and construction of historical and archaeological subjects into a graphic form that can be readily understood. Historical sites come in many forms – some are predominantly below ground, others are fragments of structure above, others are relatively complete assemblies covering quite large areas, others still are

large settlements or areas of cities. Invariably, the manmade structures and surrounding landscape have a special and often planned relationship although it may not be evident to the casual observer. The role of the sketch is to bring these relationships into focus, thereby beginning to understand the design content of the building or site in question.