The Community Archaeologists at MOLA lead community engagement projects and support our clients’ community engagement initiatives. The award-winning team manages the long-running Thames Discovery Programme and CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network), facilitate community digs and host events, including walks, talks, hands-on workshop and conferences.
CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer, Liverpool Bay
As CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer for Liverpool Bay, Andy is the Lead Archaeologist for the Liverpool Bay discovery programme and is responsible for its day to day management.
He first joined MOLA in 2015 as the CITiZAN Archaeologist for Training in the North of England, based in York, and was responsible for training volunteers in how to identify and record intertidal archaeology around the coastline of northern England. Between the two phases of CITiZAN Andy worked for MOLA Headland Infrastructure as a Community Engagement Project Officer at the Park Street Burial Ground in Birmingham.
Andy studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1998) and Wetland Archaeological Science and Management at the University of Hull (1999). After graduating he dug across England and Scotland before settling in Swansea to work for the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. He worked on a wide variety of commercial and community projects; including recording the plethora of Iron Age timber recovered from Greenmoor Arch, Magor, excavating the Newport Ship, Caerleon's medieval bridge and Bronze Age trackways from Swansea Bay. He also worked on the Arfordir project (Wales’ volunteer coastal scheme).