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Eric Stegmaier, MA
Archaeological Illustration Specialist
Portrait of the artist on-site in the Caribbean
Artist documenting a late 18th/early 19th century burial

Photos by Ruud Stelten

"With some artifacts, I swear I can sense the veil of time being pulled away as I work with them, but the laws of nature keep the experience elusive, and those far distant places remain tantalizingly out of reach."

Eric began working as an archaeological illustrator for excavations throughout the Near and Middle East in 2002. His academic interests in religion led him to pursue a Master's degree in Religious Studies with a focus in ancient death and burial practices from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Eric's work has been widely published, and his clientele has included Yale University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee, SEARCH Inc., The Archaeological Conservancy, and the Saint Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR) in the Caribbean Netherlands.


Eric's love for cultural heritage manifests itself in his work, which is conducted thoughtfully and respectfully.  He is currently the Senior Conservation Assistant at the Yale Center for British Art where he conducts x-ray analysis of paintings and artifacts that span Yale's entire collection.

Eric currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

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2005 - 2007

Sacred Heart University- Fairfield, CT

Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a focus in ancient death and burial practices.

1998 - 2002

University of Hartford: Hartford Art School- West Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Fine Art: Illustration

Projects (partial list)

Mr. Stegmaier's work has supplemented an array of different archaeology projects, including:

-Golden Rock 2021 Excavation Project (St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands)

-The Shipwreck Survey (St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands)

-'Ayn Gharandal Excavation Project (Wadi Gharandal/Wadi Arabah, Jordan)

-Theban Desert Road Survey (Western Desert, Egypt)

-Roman Fort at Yotvata Excavation Project (Yotvata, Israel)

-Bethsaida Excavation Project (Sea of Galilee, Israel)

-John and Carol Merrill Qumran Excavations (Qumran, Israel)

Publication History (partial list)

forthcoming, American Archaeology, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2022, p --


Matheson, Susan B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Athenian Black-figure, Red-figure, and White-ground Vases in the Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University Art Gallery fascicule 2, U.S.A. fascicule 39; Philipp von Zabern/WGB-Wissenverbindet, Darmstadt, 2016)

Freeman, Meghan C. “Ambiguous Reflections: A Unique Etruscan Mirror at Yale” 2016 Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (Meridian Printing, 2016)

Davies, Gwyn and Jodi Magness. The 2003-2007 Excavations in the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata (Eisenbrauns, 2015)

Darnell, John Coleman. Theban Desert Road Survey II: The Rock Shrine of Pahu, Gebel Akhenaton, and Other Rock Inscriptions from the Western Hinterland of Naqada (Yale Egyptological Institute Publications, 2013)

Matheson, Susan B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Athenian Red-figure and White-ground Vases in the Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University Art Gallery fascicule 1, U.S.A. fascicule 38; Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt/Mainz-am-Rhein, 2011)

Davies, Gwyn and Jodi Magness. “The Roman Fort at Yotvata: a foundation under Valens?”Journal of Roman Archaeology, Vol. 24 (2011)

Manassa, Colleen. “El-Mo'alla to El-Deir” UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, 2011 1(1).

Savage, Carl. Biblical Bethsaida: An Archaeological Study of the First Century
(Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011)

Freund, Richard. Digging Through the Bible: Modern Archaeology and the Ancient Bible (Rowman & Litlefield Publishers, 2009)

Savage, Carl. Et Tell: A Study of the First Century CE in the Galilee (PhD dissertation, Drew University, 2007)

Chazan, Michael. World Prehistory & Archaeology: Pathways Through Time (Allyn & Bacon/Pearson Education, 2007)

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