Archaeology Warwickshire – Core Archaeologists

Stuart Palmer MCIfA- Archaeology Business Manager

Stuart began his career as an archaeologist in Warwickshire in 1982 and completed post-graduate study at Oxford Universtiy in 1997. Having managed an extensive range of projects including major infrastructure and extraction programmes he now leads the team and is responsible for ensuring Archaeology Warwickshire is a first-class business.

Stuart is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, acts as Responsible Postholder to ensure full compliance with the Institute’s rigorous code of conduct and standards and is currently serving on the Registered Organisation Committee.  Stuart has also been elected to the board of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers.

Stuart’s publications include a Neolithic pit group, Late Bronze Age cremation pyre, Iron Age site and Roman villa at Salford Priors (1999); a Neolithic complex and Iron Age enclosure at King’s Newnham (2007); Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon sites on Transco pipelines (2010 and 2012) as well as the excavation of medieval buildings at Kenilworth Abbey (2003). He has also managed the completion and publication of a number of 1970s excavations, provided the Warwickshire prehistory section to the West Midlands Regional Research Framework for Archaeology (2008 and 2017), and the prehistoric and Romano-British sections to the English Heritage sponsored Archaeological Resource Assessment of the Aggregates Producing Areas of Warwickshire (published 2007).  He has recently completed the prehistoric and Roman sections of the prestigious Pevsner Architectural Guide to Warwickshire (2016) and is currently managing the long-awaited report on the 1980s excavations at Burton Dassett on behalf of Historic England.

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Cathy Coutts – Senior Archaeologist

Cathy started in archaeology working on sites on Hadrian’s Wall and in Northumberland while at school, before gaining her degree in Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 1983. This was followed by a stint as a research assistant before a PhD on trade and exchange in Anglo-Saxon Europe. Various posts in England and Europe in the 1980s and 1990s included an archaeological research project in the Hebrides and a large-scale landscape archaeology project in the Peak District, looking at 5000 years of a Peakland valley. In the following five years she managed the British School at Rome’s archaeology unit, carrying out excavations and surveys in Rome, Tuscany, Elba and central Italy. After a short spell working for English Heritage in Derbyshire and for Sheffield City Council carrying out work on historic woodlands, she joined us in 1997.

Cathy now specialises in historic building recording, with a particular interest in church archaeology, farm archaeology and industrial archaeology. She has co-ordinated our programme for work experience students and volunteers since 1999. She is a member of The Historic Farm Buildings Group.

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Caroline Rann MCIfA- Senior Archaeologist

Caroline’s early career in marketing was derailed by a life-changing spell volunteering with the Warwickshire Museum and the Historic Environment Record in 1999.  Since gaining her BA in archaeology at the University of Leicester and Universitat de Valencia in 2005, Caroline spent several years honing her field skills at ULAS and Archaeology Warwickshire. Caroline then spent three years working with Warwickshire’s Planning Archaeology and Historic Environment Team before returning to the field to direct archaeological sites across the Midlands for Archaeology Warwickshire. She has developed the team’s GIS and GPS survey capabilities.

Caroline is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologist’s and is on the committee of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society.

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Pete Thompson – Senior Archaeologist

Pete gained a Degree in Archaeology and Classical Studies from the University of Wales in 1981 and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham in 1983. He worked as a teacher for a time until returning to archaeology at the Museum of London Archaeology Service, with particular interests in Roman Southwark. After joining us in 2000 Pete has managed a variety of projects with particular emphasis on Roman and medieval settlement.

As a qualified teacher, Pete provides expert tuition, lecturing and public facing outreach for the team and is the first point of contact for school and community projects.

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Bryn Gethin – Project Officer

Bryn took Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Wales and began his career at Stafford Castle in 1990. He joined us in 1993 and has since excavated sites ranging from the Neolithic period up to the Cold War. Bryn’s particular interests are Roman and medieval archaeology as well as building recording and finds identification.

Bryn leads on field survey and metal detecting which, combined with his lifetime passion for military sites of all periods, has led to several archaeological metal detector surveys on battlefields in Britain and in Europe. Bryn is highly skilled at Lidar interpretation having utilised Lidar images to discover countless new sites across the country including previously unknown forts along Hadrian’s wall and he appeared on The Flying Archaeologist programme on BBC Four to share this knowledge.

Bryn is a longtime committee member of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society and currently edits the newsletter.

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Nigel Page MCIfA- Project Officer

Nigel has worked in commercial archaeology for 30 years, starting as a site assistant on large scale excavations in South Wales and then working his way up to Head of Field Operations with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Following a move to Norfolk he worked across the east and south-east of England, before spending some time as a consultant in the north of England. Following a spell as an independent self-employed archaeologist, he joined Archaeology Warwickshire in early 2017.

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Will Steele- Project Officer

Will studied archaeology at Durham Archaeology, gaining a BA in archaeology in 2001. He spent most of his working life in southwest Wales mainly providing archaeological input into agri-environment schemes; at Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out desktop and field surveys of farms entering the schemes, and latterly as an employee of Welsh Government where he was engaged in negotiating management plans.

Will has an interest in most aspects of archaeology, especially, vernacular buildings, historic parklands and metal mines. Particular specialisms include historic farm buildings, landscape archaeology and the management of archaeological sites in rural landscapes.

Will came to Warwickshire and worked in the Planning Archaeology and Historic Environment Team before moving over to Archaeology Warwickshire where he works for us on a part-time basis, mainly on desk-based assessments and historic building recording.

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Candy Stevens – Archaeological Illustrator

Candy has over 30 years experience of archaeological illustration and has expertise in a wide range of artefact conventions, from in-situ statues to intricate flint tools and elaborate leatherwork, as well as all types of pottery and metalwork. Her illustrations have been published in a wide range of books and archaeological journals as well as our client reports. Candy creates the technical drawings for all our reports and journals using Adobe Illustrator. Candy’s high standard of work has gained a national reputation and her services are sought by a variety of specialists.

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Jodie Duffy – Senior Field Technician

Jodie first volunteered with Archaeology Warwickshire in 2009 as part of her school’s work experience programme. She then volunteered regularly before and after gaining her degree in Archaeology and Landscape History in 2014 from University Centre Peterborough. Jodie joined the team in June 2017 and is looking forward to expanding her fieldwork experience, report writing and ensuring our archives are up to date.

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Bekky Hillman – Senior Field Technician

Bekky volunteered with Warwickshire Museum Field Services before gaining a BA in Archaeology from Birmingham University in 2002. Following a break to raise a family, Bekky progressed quickly from volunteering with us to working with us. She is currently developing her skills and interests in artefacts and ecofacts and oversees the bulk of our post-excavation work.

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Rob Jones – Senior Field Technician

Rob has worked for Archaeology Warwickshire for over 25 years and is a hugely experienced excavator. He gained experience on research digs in the West Midlands before coming to work with us. His areas of expertise include post-medieval pottery identification, the careful excavation of human remains and environmental sample processing.

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Eri Kleisoura- Senior Field Technician

Eri graduated in 2014 from the University of Thessaly with a First Class degree. She has worked in British Archaeology since completing her MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 2016. She joined Archaeology Warwickshire in June 2017 and is aiming to develop her fieldwork and report writing skills and with her strong technological background, she will be utilising her knowledge of photogrammetry, 3d modelling and other techniques.

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Kevin Wright – Senior Field Technician

Kevin is our survey specialist with over 25 years of archaeological experience, 22 of those with Archaeology Warwickshire. He has worked on every kind of terrestrial site, from research projects such as Dudley Castle to large engineering schemes such as Transco pipelines and new road projects. Kevin has expertise in REDM elevation recording of buildings including the world famous castles of Warwick and Kenilworth. He has produced surveys of many of our open area excavations in gravel quarries and housing developments.

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