John Hodgson is a freelance illustration and design artist, who has been involved with archaeology since 1984. He has produced interpretative reconstruction work for a wide range of professional bodies, including Government Agencies, Archaeological Units, County Councils, and private companies. He has also engaged in a number of archaeological field projects, complementing his “hands-on” approach to the subject.
While John’s initial training was in art and design, a period of fifteen years’ work in carpentry, building and woodland maintenance informs his understanding of the rural environment, and early technologies. The lives of most people, throughout history and prehistory, contained much manual work. Experience of working processes, in metal, timber, stone and clay, has helped his understanding of artefacts, the ways in which they were made and used, and the best ways to portray the enormous depth and variety of human life.
John is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, where he has taught the application of graphics in archaeology. He researched the history, nature and function of archaeological reconstruction drawing for his PhD dissertation, which was successfully completed in 2004.
John was elected a full member of the CIfA in 2003.