Ethnic diversity in Roman Britain: it all kicks off with images


Following the recent Twitter rants about the colour of people’s skin in Roman Britain, I look here at the power and problems with archaeological imagery relating to skin colour. Linking it to my blog, I focus on funerary evidence and a funerary representation.

The many challenges of archaeological illustration

Archaeological illustrators have one of the toughest (and certainly the most readily criticised) of jobs in the heritage and archaeology world. Their role is not simply to depict ‚what we know‘, but to go beyond and stimulate the imagination and engage wide and varied audiences. Artworks are made for specific purposes and audiences, to make specific points and to educate and communicate. Yet they also acquire afterlives if used again and again in different media, often confusing their original intention and gaining stories and significances far beyond the artist’s.

So even the simplest of images depicting the past requires the artist…

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About Auerbach

Australian-German artist-designer-publisher, with a passion for politics, currently based in Frankfurt and London. Covering a wide range of artistic production in the Visual Arts - exhibitions, design, curatorial. Zylvia has designed several publications for major art book publishers.

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