A group of archaeologists at Field 44, standing while holding their shovels and pick-axe

Meet the Team

A team of archaeologists from MOLA and the Cambridge Archaeological Unit have been working at Field 44 over the past 8 months. They are supported by numerous finds specialists and environmental archaeologists - all working together to better understand the story of this site.

Here we introduce some of the people that are helping us understand this rural farmstead and how it changed over the centuries.

Archaeologists observing the site and discussing

Gary Brogan – MOLA Senior Project Manager

I am the MOLA manager overseeing all the archaeological works undertaken as part of the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvement Scheme, including our excavation at Field 44. I started working on this scheme in 2019 after successfully managing archaeological works at other large National Highways projects, such as the A14 in Cambridgeshire and the A1 in North Yorkshire. They included over 60 archaeological sites across 400 hectares. I work closely with our archaeology team, the county archaeological advisors, Skanska and National Highways to make sure the work is achieved to the highest possible standards and to the agreed timeframes.

Alasdair (Al) Wright  CAU Project Officer

I am in charge of the fieldwork at Field 44. I joined the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) in 2008 and I have worked on a range of prehistoric and Roman sites across East Anglia and the East Midlands. I have years of experience working on deeply buried archaeology sites, similar to Field 44 and other sites found across the valleys between Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Here the rapid and dynamic deposition of sediments converge with, and impact on, former land use and occupation.

Dr Rachel Ballantyne  Project Science Advisor

I am providing scientific support at Field 44. In collaboration with the archaeologists working on site, my team and I select and collect environmental samples, to make sure we capture the most important biological remains to answer our research questions. I also facilitate wider communication between scientific specialists and the project team. I am an archaeobotanist and environmental archaeologist researching settlement organisation, economy, and wetlands during the later prehistoric to early historic periods (c. 4,000 BC-AD 1000). I worked at Must Farm with the CAU and I'm currently part of the EXPLO project at the University of Oxford.

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    We’ve been busy digging with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit as part of the wider programme of archaeological work for the proposed National Highways A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvement Scheme.