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date: 18 June 2019

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Archaeology is a practice that draws. It also encounters many kinds of drawing among the entities it studies. This chapter uses drawing research conducted by four visual artists working in archaeological environments to explore drawing in art and archaeology. Following recent drawing scholarship, it understands drawing as part of an expanded field. Drawing concerns the relations among gestures, traces, and marks. Both action and the traces of action, it inhabits a condition of perpetual becoming and betweenness. Expanding conventional notions of drawing, it is argued, benefits archaeology by opening up a wider spectrum of its practices and objects to philosophies of drawing. Bringing archaeology into conversation with interdisciplinary drawing research creates new opportunities for future archaeologies of contemporary drawing.

Keywords: drawing, contemporary art, gesture, trace, mark, line

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