Round-up of the Year by Dr H

P1050917One of the highlights of 2013 for me has been Prehistories itself. We’re nearing our 1st birthday, and I’ve really had a lot of fun posting on the blog, reading comments and following up links to other peoples blogs.

Thank you to everyone who agreed to be willing victims in Ask an Archaeologist/ Ask an Artist/ Ask an Author. Everyone who’s taken part has given thoughtful, thought-provoking and entertaining answers. I really appreciate the time you’ve all taken over this feature.

Congratulations to artist Garen Ewing who won the Young People’s Comic Award for the Rainbow Orchid and to Sally Prue, whose book Song Hunter is on the long list for this year’s Carnegie Award.

I have really enjoyed exploring other people’s blogs too. News, opinion, creative engagement with archaeology. Check out the new links page (with more links to come).

A personal highlight for me has been seeing John Swogger’s artwork for One Girl goes Hunting take shape. Check out his latest image of Kat-ya. Awesome!

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More on this project in 2014…

Also I’ve surprised myself this year by discovering how much I love drawing. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in this direction, especially with the Archaeological Oddities comics. You can now buy Volume 1 on my Etsy store, along with my Make your Own Archaeological Oddities pack as recommended by Alfie (thanks to Lucinda Naylor for the photo).

photo (3)I have a few more comics projects brewing away too. You can head over to my tumblr site to see the more personal work I’m developing at the moment. All a huge learning curve, but a lot of fun.

Finally, I’ve been doing some work on archaeology and comics in school with Steph Moser and Alistair Jones. I’ve also written up a case study of a local school using books on archaeology in their caves topic, which should be published in English 4-11 online sometime early next year.

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Now I feel exhausted! Time for a rest in order to gather myself for whatever 2014 has to offer.

Dr H

One Girl Goes Hunting

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This is Kat-Ya.

Around two years ago my family had been binging on Studio Ghibli films. While watching Howl’s Moving Castle both Dr A and I were struck by the similarity between the landscape of the Waste in the animation and the landscape of Orkney. The vivid blues and greens, the huge skies, the constant movement of grass in the wind. I remarked that Neolithic Orkney would look great as anime/ manga in the Studio Ghibli style, and I imagined a girl standing next to the Stones of Stenness. This was the spark of an idea that led to me writing One Girl Goes Hunting.

Having written the script I knew that my artistic talents were not up to the job, so the script lay waiting until Steph Moser suggested that I get in touch with John Swogger.

Emails have gone backwards and forwards as I’ve tried to explain to John how the world of One Girl Goes Hunting looks inside my head.

In the second batch of files I saw her on the screen in front of me. The girl I’d imagined. Kat-Ya.

Dr H