Ian Dennis

Ian Dennis

Archaeological Illustrator

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email:
dennisit@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0065
Location:
2.26, John Percival Building

Research interests

My current research interests focus on the use of experimental archaeology to explore craft manufacturing techniques from Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Norse Britain.

I am particularly interested in:

  • Bornais Viking antler combs and associated working debris in order to understand the manufacturing process
  • Recreating the Starr Car Mesolithic antler headdresses
  • Prehistoric lithic technology
  • Archaeological illustration

I am an active field archaeologist and have been involved in the excavations at numerous sites in Wales and England. I am currently involved in:

  • Isca, the legionary fortress at Caerleon
  • Islands  in a Common Sea, Isles of Scilly

Research projects

  • Bornais Mound 2 and 2a artefact reports and illustrations
  • The Times of their Lives
  • Anglo-Saxon England c.580-720: The Chronological Basis
  • Isles of Scilly, Islands  in a Common Sea

Impact and engagement

I am currently involved with:

SHOREWATCH project: Impact of coastal erosion on the archaeology of the Isles of Scilly

Education and qualifications

1989-1992 Cardiff University: BA Honours Archaeology

1981-1983 Bourneville college of Art & Design: DATEC 1st Graphic Design & Illustration

Career overview

2000 to present Archaeological illustrator at Cardiff University

1992-2000 Freelance archaeologist and Illustrator

1983-1989 Graphic designer and printer

Notable achievements

Dogū figurine illustrations prominently featured in exhibitions at The British Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

I currently teach the undergraduate Archaeology modules: HS2429 and HS2430 Archaeological Illustration and HS2125 Analysing Archaeology: Making

I also teach module HST929 Artefact Illustration as part of the MA scheme.