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.
Head of Built Heritage (Paternity Cover)
As acting head of Built Heritage, Lara manages a group of Built Heritage Specialists who are experts in analysing and reporting on buildings, built heritage and above-ground structures. The work undertaken by Lara enables the discharge of planning conditions to a level of record required by the client.
Lara has an MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Leicester. Most recently employed as a Senior Archaeologist with MOLA, she formerly worked as a curator at Åland Maritime Museum and an Archaeologist on a series of coastal sites and surveys for Åland’s Board of Antiquities.
Before moving to the Åland Islands she worked as an archaeologist on many sites in South East England including Boxgrove and the waterlogged prehistoric site at Shinewater, East Sussex. She has also held a variety of teaching, training and volunteer development posts, such as at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex.