Site Artist in Belize
I have been very fortunate indeed to have been part of a team of archaeologists, working in Belize, Central America. The director of these seasonal excavations was the charismatic British-born Harvard professor Prof. Norman Hammond, a respected scholar on lowland Maya civilization. My first season was in 1978 and I worked as site artist on many others until 2007. An incredibly exciting time with life-changing experiences. I was largely responsible for on-site drawings of architectural features generally pyramids - limestone structures with exteriors often reduced to rubble and interior tombs looted. Back in camp, I inked up the drawings for publication. Have worked at 4 sites in Belize: Cuello, Nohmul, La Milpa and Chaux Hiix. A few of the drawings I include here for anyone who wonders what such work involves. The freehand sketches - in soft pencils - give a snapshot of camp life.