Elizabeth Gardner MA (Hons) MIfA

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 with and MA (Hons) in Archaeology. After brief forays into various corporate spheres, including a stint as a public servant, I returned to archaeology as a digger and worked on the circuit for some larger developer funded units before becoming an illustrator for Cotswold Archaeology in January 2005.

I moved to Context One Archaeological Services in mid-2006 as the sole illustrator and at the end of 2006 began to undertake some freelance work.

Since 2009 I have been solely freelance and although I do continue to undertake other commercial work for EIAs (Environmental Impact Assessments) and DBAs (Desk-Based Assessments) the majority of my time is taken up as the Project Illustrator for the Glastonbury Abbey Archive Project. A monograph is due to be forthcoming sometime in 2014.

The Project hosted a symposium at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House in London on 16th November 2012. The papers are available online here.

As well as being a full member of the Institute for Archaeologists  (MIfA) I was a full member of the Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors until its merger with the IfA in October 2011. From September 2007 I served on the Association council where I took on the role of Web Officer. I have continued my interest in forming the shape of the profession and am involved in the council of the Graphic Archaeology Special Interest Group within the IfA.

I now live just outside Cambridge with my husband and two small children.

Contrary to popular belief, as an archaeologist I do not wear tweed (often), nor do I own a pith helmet - sorry!