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My name is Mark Hoyle, and I have worked in the field of archaeology and archaeological illustration for over 30 years, and am currently a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists - Graphics Archaeology Group (CIfA).
Please use this site to look at my portfolio, ranging from the usual pottery, small find and site plan illustrations through to various workshops and courses I run on archaeologial illustration. I have worked for clients such as Vindolanda Trust; Northern Archaeological Associates; Norfolk Wildlife Trust; The Institute of World Archaeology-Butrint; Pre-Construct Archaeology; Norfolk Archaeological Unit; Durham University; The Portable Antiquities Scheme; Northern Counties Archaeological Services; York University; Newcastle University, and many more.

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Why not just take a photograph is the question I get asked the most. But for me the answer is quite simple.
Photography produces a simple image of the reflected light from the object. An illustration, however, is something more. It can simply produce an accurate facsimile image, but can also include subtle interpretive accentuation. This is essentially born of the experience and innate skill of the illustrator, but is dictated by the original rationale in choosing an object for illustration. Often that rationale is simply, what is it you are trying to show? I hope this at least partially explains the value of illustration over photography.


Illustration of a Roman shoe from The Vindolanda Trust. Click below to view more.

To look at my most recent illustrations click here.
New Illustration workshops for 2022-2023 in conjunction with The Nautical Archaeology Society, click below for more details.

Rccent reconstruction of the construction of Hadrian's Wall (after English Heritage)

Recent illustration of a Greek Olpe vessel.

Recent illustration of an Egyptian painted pottery jar. NewKingdom-1391-1307-BC.

Recent illustration of the head from a cannon rammer. Recovered from the HMS Invincible.

Recent illustration of a Roman hunting cup.


Recent illustration of a Church.
Recent Display panels click below to see more.

Recent work produed for Northern Archaeological Associates for Primary schools KS2 Outreach work.

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