This coursework is based on the ‘Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. 23, No. 3’ (1995) from page 329-335 that is published by County Louth Archaeological and History Society. The excavation was conducted by the team of the Irish Underwater Archaeological Research Team (I.U.A.
R.T). The underwater excavation took place in October in 1992, the aim of it was to collect the information about the archeological relics. Divers decided to use metal-detectors and to employ visual approach. In the Journal there are just five figures with illustrated finds there. The first figure (Fig.
9) depicts composite objects: metal and bone. Human and animal bones are not commonly drawn if there is no testimony for artefact manufacture. The drawn bone has quite grainy texture, thus there was no great manufacture applied to it, as it rough parts can be easily identified on the illustrated bone. This detailed drawing of the surface of the bone and metal can be used to identify the grain or its natural characteristics and human modification of it due to the human activity. Furthermore, the illustration shows thickness of both parts of the item, thus with no description the length and thickness of it can be easily recognised due to the scale under the drawing. This illustration gives the full picture of materials of objects, as the metal part of the object is drawn using stipples (Fig. 10) that are thicker due to the change of the shape of the metal, which is relatively smooth in comparison to the bone, that has harsher texture with quite big holes in it.
The bone is drawn with dots and horizontal lines, that gives the sense of length of the bone. The composite metal and bone is most likely modern. The illustration gives the idea that this item was possibly used and made by a farmer then discarded. Whereas, these composite objects do not have any archaeological significance, therefore the illustration of it does not present the data of the excavation due to its archaeological unimportance. There is another archaeological illustration of the iron knife blade and handle (Fig 11). The knife was found In a poor condition as it is corroded. The knife is drawn in a dotted technique, highlighting corroded parts with a thicker stipples , thus there is a full insight of the texture of the object.
This means that illustration provides enough information to recognise the material, its texture and condition of it. Notwithstanding that the illustration is well drawn, there are evident visual drawbacks such as: no identification of the blade on the drawing, therefore without any description in the report it is complicated to recognise the blade, that is also depicted on the illustration. Another mistake on that illustration is that there is no scale that would help to understand the size of objects, thus the viewer will not be able to get the full picture about the iron knife. As the report says the iron peg was possibly a part of the canal between 1748 and 1800, therefore for archaeologists it has no significance. The last three objects are cannon balls (Fig 12,13,14) that were used from around blacked in corroded parts. There is a scale under the (Fig 12) and (Fig 13) that equals 10cm, but this scale is useless for these drawings as it is located right in the middle between drawings (Fig 15), thus the viewer cannot use this scale to get the right size of objects. Whereas, drawings shows thickness of these cannons.
This means that these drawings can be easily used by other archaeologists to analyse these objects due to its detailed illustration of texture and shape. These cannons are depicted in a stipple technique and using outline lines in order to highlight shapes. However, the lighting is totally wrong as there are shadows that usually are drawn when there is a light from the top left. Figure 14 is the most inaccurate with overly thickened outlines, that creates quite distorted view. Nevertheless, these cannons are important objects valued by archaeologists as they are associated with the Battle of the Boyne that took place in July in 1690 from 8 am and 12 noon.
These illustrations helps to demonstrate the way these cannot were used and how the corrosion destroyed some parts of it. This means that illustration provides the information that can be more detailed than the photograph taken of the object, as texture, might not be fully seen, due to the camera flashlight and flatness that can be created by the camera