Sander Aerts

Finds and Environmental Officer (Northampton)

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As Finds and Environmental Officer, Sander’s work involves overseeing the daily processing of finds and environmental remains for the Northampton office. He also identifies and records ecofacts (organic material with archaeological significance), and writes specialist reports for assessments. These reports include animal bones, plant remains and invertebrates. His main interest is researching beetle remains that are associated with human occupation. Sander has gained his academic and practical experience at a range of institutes around the world, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

Sander joined MOLA Northampton as a processor in early 2017. Since then he has worked and reported on a variety of sites from across Britain, such as the insect remains from the large Roman excavation at Brackmills in Northampton. He is also involved with outreach projects, delivering talks about environmental archaeology and archaeoentomology for a broad audience, as well as contributing to a number of symposia and conferences.

Sander graduated from Leiden University in 2017, completing his Masters research on beetles from medieval urban deposits from different cities in Holland.


Sander Aerts MOLA Finds and Environmental Processor

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Our team of Specialists comprises internationally acclaimed experts in a range of topics, from osteoarchaeology, environmental archaeology and archaeological conservation to period- and type-specific finds specialisms. They not only ensure all the material we excavate is expertly analysed and published, they also undertake pioneering research.

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