chapter  11
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The Artist’s Role in Archaeology: Artists and Archaeologists: How They Work Together

In 1992, my first excavation season, I was assigned to the regional survey teams, drawing architecture and various features found at survey sites. These pencil drawings ranged from a single rock-cut feature to sites filled with dozens of buildings and features. Back in camp these field drawings were then redrawn as ink drawings that were put into field reports and used in publication reports for the season. Also in camp that first season, the object registrar asked me to draw some of the “nicer” objects that had been found. The Dig Directors saw these images and realized that it would be beneficial to the project if more excavated objects were drawn in professional ways. Over the next several seasons my art colleagues and I were involved in the field and camp work of the excavation in a variety of ways.