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.
Senior Community Archaeologist
Eliott has been the Field Officer for the Thames Discovery Programme, one of the largest and most successful community archaeology projects in Europe, since 2009. His main role involves co-ordinating the 500 volunteers, in particular with regard to fieldwork, and undertaking subsequent reporting and publication.
Eliott has also run a number of commercial maritime sites, mainly on the Thames foreshore in Greater London, but also including watching briefs of dredging operations further out in the Estuary. He is also responsible for developing fieldwork methodologies for the inter-tidal zone. His particular speciality is recording and interpreting vessel remains and nautical timbers and has published overviews of such assemblages on the foreshore in the Greater London area.
Prior to joining the Thames Discovery Programme Elliott worked as a Field Archaeologist and later as a Freelance Site Supervisor and Project Manager on sites in the UK and abroad. Eliott is also a Trustee Director of the Nautical Archaeology Society and leads guided walks as well as presenting lectures to local societies and at national and international conferences.