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Mr Ian Dennis 

Ian Dennis
Position:Archaeological Illustrator

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70065
Location:John Percival Building, Room 2.26

 Research Interests

Poster of experimental working from antler to finished antler comb

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

Selected Publications

I have contributed illustrations to the following publications:

Pringle, D. 2012. Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187-1291. Crusade Texts in Translation, vol. 23. London: Ashgate.
Contribution: Maps production

Whittle, A., Healy, F. and Bayliss, A. 2011. Gathering Time: Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland. Volume 1 & 2.Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Contribution: All illustrations and volume cover designs

Mills, S. 2011. Interventions: Măgura past & present. Bucureşti: Renaissance.
Contribution: Cover design, graphics, artwork and layout for publishing

Waddington, K. and Sharples, N. 2011. The excavations at Whitchurch 2006-9, An Interim report. Cardiff University: Cardiff Studies in Archaeology. 
Contribution: Cover design, illustrations and layout for publication

Aird, W. 2011. Robert `Curthose’, Duke of Normandy (c. 1050-1134). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
Contribution: Maps

Bailey, D., Cochrane, A. and Zambelli, J. 2010. Unearthed: A comparative study of Jōmon Dogū and Neolithic figurines. Norwich: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Contribution: Dogū line drawings

Mason, H. and Macdonald, P. 2010. The Roman Legionary fortress at Caerleon. Report on the excavations of the Southern Defences 1982. Archaeologia Cambrensis .
Contribution: Finds illustrations

Research Projects

Illustration of fishtail antler comb from Bornais

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

Additional Information

I currently teach the undergraduate Archaeology module: HS2302 Material study and recording

Impact and Engagement

I am currently involved with:

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