BA (Hons) UC Cardiff. MIAI.

Dave spent a number of years in Scotland, digging in Glasgow, in East Lothian and Angus, and at Whithorn in the southwest.

He was given his first commission for interpretive drawings at Jedburgh Abbey in the Borders, in 1984. Thereafter he split his time between digging and drawing, with a string of commissions from Historic Scotland, the Scottish National Trust, and several local authorities. The Whithorn Trust commissioned collections of drawings for indoor and outdoor displays, and publications.

In 1993 he moved to Ireland, interviewed for an excavation licence, and took on archaeological assessments ahead of proposed developments, and investigations ahead of conservation works at National Monuments. His main projects in Ireland have been a complex investigation in the heart of Waterford (Barronstrand Street), and excavations at Dungarvan Castle (Co. Waterford) and Barryscourt (Co. Cork). These last two were intermittent over several years, and carried out for the National Monuments Service.

Other work for the National Monuments Service has included researching Irish castles for an audiovisual presentation, research for modelmaking, work on guidebooks and leaflets, and producing interpretive panels.

He has given evening classes in Dungarvan and Lismore on the archaeology of county Waterford, and has produced guidebooks on medieval Dungarvan and Waterford.

About Us

We are both on the list of archaeologists eligible for excavation licences. Every archaeological excavation in Ireland needs a licence, issued jointly by the National Monuments Service and the National Museum.

Archaeological Illustration

We illustrate our own reports, and integrate the drawings into the text rather than add them to the end. We draw finds and offer an illustration service to produce publication drawings from site records and objects.

Archaeological Fieldwork

Most of our fieldwork (excavation and survey) is carried out during archaeological impact assessments, or as a follow up, monitoring or investigating areas at risk of being disturbed.


In Ireland I have put work into the Cahir Castle (Co. Tipperary) souvenir guide, and the Barryscourt Castle (Co. Cork) and Scattery Island (Co. Clare) leaflets, all for the National Monuments Service, OPW.

Mobile: 087 8119567
Phone: 051 293399
Knockrower Road,
Co. Waterford,
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