Alice SALVADOR

UCL, SENIOR ILLUSTRATOR, SILK ROAD CITIES

Alice is an archaeologist who graduated with BA, MA, and post-graduate degrees in Egyptology from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

She specializes in archaeological illustration and the archaeology and ceramics of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. Her first experiences as an illustrator began in 2009 in Italy, working for the University of Venice at Aquileia, Pompeii and Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey. Numerous international fieldwork projects followed, where Alice learned how to draw not only pottery and a wide range of finds, but also cross sections, portmanteau plans and all the other graphical supporting documentation for different excavated areas. In addition to being an illustrator she has increased her experience as a field archaeologist and registrar managing projects, managing ceramics and finds as well as documentation and archives.

These opportunities included working on several high-profile international projects: in Sudan at Jebel Barkal with the University of Venice, and Amara West with the British Museum. In Egypt at Tell el-Amarna with Cambridge University, and Saqqara with a joint Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and Museo Egizio, Italy mission, and in Iraq at Darband-i Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan also with the British Museum, together with several freelance jobs for private and public institutions.

The different projects she worked on provided continuous opportunities to learn from more experienced archaeological illustrators new drawing techniques, different work methodologies and workflows. Now, part of her job is to pass on this knowledge and train students in how to be an illustrator for archaeology.

For three years, Alice worked as curator and assistant registrar at the Museo Egizio in Turin, where she contributed to an awareness of Ancient Egyptian material culture as a document of public heritage within a museum specifically, and within the wider social context of the museum itself.

Currently, Alice is a freelance archaeological illustrator and for CAAL her main task is to create a uniform and consistent archive of graphic data of the most important Silk Road Cities.

Alice decided to become an archaeologist at the age of 4, and since then grew up with a pencil in her hand, and a couple of brushes in her pocket. Her largest collection is made of coloured pencils, which she constantly buys everywhere she goes. Her curiosity and creativity are constantly nourished by the continuous observation of her surroundings and by the landscapes she explores everyday with her also very curious dog, discovering new colours and getting inspired everywhere.

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