Dave Pollock

In Scotland in the 1980s and 1990s I produced line drawings for guidebooks and interpretive panels, and started to experiment with colour. I tried coloured pencils (Patrick Ashmore's Callanish booklet, 1995) and for years used waterbased felt pens (Sally Foster's Picts Gaels and Scots, 1996).

In Ireland in the late 1990s I used watercolours on line drawings (Cahir Castle and Rock of Cashel guidebooks), and in the early 2000s I started to apply halftones (greys) to line drawings scanned into the PC. Late in 2007 I plucked up the courage to colour on the computer, and whittled down the available colours to a small palette of working favourites.

In 2006 I was commissioned to provide sketches for a modelmaker reconstructing the medieval town and castle of Ferns, Co. Wexford. I started with oblique sketches, and progressed to detailed speculative plans, at 1/1000. Working at this scale, the gardens and trees become a significant part of the model, and research drew me beyond the arrangement of buildings on plots, to the spacing of fruit trees and vines and individual garden beds.

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
Email: info@waterfordarchaeologist.ie
Knockrower Road,
Co. Waterford,
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