Recently I did a reconstruction of a 7 house neolithic settlement excavated at Corbally, Co. Kildare, Ireland. If all 7 houses were contemporary it may be one of the biggest neolithic settlements in Ireland and Britain.
Technique wise, in the last few months- to a year I have been experimenting with white ink pens overlaid on the blacks as well as greys the image. Also in the last year, I have been using digital to correct mistakes in the end but also I have started to experiment using digital to add to image. This is the first time I have used the ink tools in Corel Painter to add to the image, so some of the line work is actually done digitally. I might at some stage go completely digital, if I can retain most of my style in the transfer and perhaps improve it in the process. But at the moment Im still learning the ink tools in Corel Painter, which Im enjoying doing as they are great tools, but its still in its early stages.
It was a very interesting one to work on as I got help from Butser Ancient farm and the Ancient Technology Centre in England, both places have made their own Neolithic houses in the past, with ancient techniques. That lead to some interesting interpretations of the evidence, like the possibility that they used birch bark to cover their roofs. This was done by peeling the bark of birches in large sheets, flattening them to create a covering instead of thatch, as shown here. Its quite possible they did do this as pioneering farmers may not have had access to the amount of hay they would need to thatch, as they definitely wouldnt have had the farm land to do so at the start. The other option is reeds, but it apparently takes about 2 tonnes of reeds to thatch one house. The nearest water source, which may have had reeds, would have been the River Liffey, which was 2.5 km, away, thats a 5 km return walk, getting 2 tonnes of thatch for all 6 or 7 houses, that would have been quite an ordeal. On the other hand, birch would have grown all around them, so would have been much easier to source and use.
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