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Conservation and Community Officer for Wales

Bev is the Conservation and Community Officer for Wales and is based in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. She mainly deals with Listed Building Casework for Wales but is also involved in supporting and promoting community archaeology in Wales.

Bev has previous worked in telecommunications but always had an interest in archaeology. She gave up her career to return to education in 2005 and obtained a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and an MA in the Archaeology of Buildings at the University of York. She is interested in buildings of all periods and types and particularly enjoys visiting churches. She still likes to take part in archaeological digs when she can and has excavated in this country and abroad.

email: Bev.Kerr*at*museumwales.ac.uk

Bev Kerr
Here we have the list of the committee members of CBA Wales, their interests, contact addresses and pictures (so you can identify them at meetings).

Chairman
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Nigel Nayling
School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter
Ceredigion SA48 7ED email: n.nayling*at*tsd.ac.uk

Nigel lectures in archaeology at the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Previously he worked for Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust starting off with the excavations at the Bronze Age site at Caldicot. Specialist interests in ships, wetlands, tree-ring dating


Nigel Nayling
Secretary Evan Chapman

Department of Archaeology and Numismatics
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NP
Tel: 029 2057 3238
Email: evan.chapman*at*museumwales.ac.uk

Evan came to Cardiff to go to University and hasn’t managed to escape yet, not that he has tried very hard. In 1990 he got a six month contract in the Department of Archaeology and Numismatics of the National Museum of Wales and has remained there ever since. He specialises in the Roman period, but also has an interest in later periods of British history and archaeology. His primary artefact specialism is Roman small finds in particular copper alloy objects.

Evan is principally involved in the day-to-day curation of the study collections of the Department, but is also involved with exhibitions and assists on departmental excavations. On the increasingly rare occasion that other work doesn’t get in the way, his principle areas of research are Roman brooches and military equipment.
Treasurer

Kathy Laws
Afallon
Tanygrisiau
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Gwynedd
LL41 3RH

email:kathy.laws*at*hotmail.co.uk

I was introduced to archaeology as an A level student more years ago than I care to mention and really got the bug when taking part in volunteer excavations during the summer holidays.  I went on to take an HND in Archaeology at the then Dorset Institute of Higher Education in Weymouth and after a period of working for the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford progressed to take a BSc in Archaeological Conservation at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
After a spell working for Wiltshire Museums Service and then Bournemouth University I found myself transported back to Wales and worked firstly assisting the Snowdonia National Park Archaeologist and subsequently within a small independent Archaeological Company, EAS Ltd. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be accepted for the role of Archaeologist for the National Trust in North Wales.
Peter Crew persuaded me that CBA Wales/Cymru must be joined when I moved permanently to North Wales in 1994. I became a committee member in 2008 and have acted as Treasurer since 2009.


 

Kathy Laws
Membership
Secretary

Jenny Britnell
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
41 Broad Street
Welshpool
Powys SY21 7RR
Email: Jennyb*at*cpat.org.uk

Jenny's role with the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust is to ensure a smooth day-to-day financial administration, as well as being an archaeologist and archivist. She started with the Trust in 1978, has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology (University of Wales, Cardiff), and professes a special interest in Roman and medieval archaeology.


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Editor of Archaeology in Wales Jemma Bezant
School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter
Ceredigion SA48 7ED email: j.bezant*at*tsd.ac.uk

Jemma is a medievalist and landscape archaeologist with research interests in the Post-Roman period in Britain and northern Europe. She is currently researching her contribution to the forthcoming Monastic Wales publication and is keen to cultivate the strong partnerships between this and the Strata Florida Research Project.


 

Jemma Bezant
Committee Member

John Latham
Ty Cnwc
Llanilar
Ceredigion
SY23 4PF
E-mail: jernstlatham*at*googlemail.com

I was born in Birmingham and after leaving school was apprenticed to a watch wholesaler. I attended Vittoria Street School of Arts & Crafts and ended up a Craft Member of the British Horological Institute However Watch and clock repairing was a career I followed up only until a point at which he decided it was going nowhere. I left that to go to Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith. It was while studying there that I got interested in archaeology and spent a couple of seasons digging with Trevor Watkins at a site somewhere in East Lothian. Eventually I ended up with a degree in History and Archaeology from Bangor.

I am also on the Wales IFA committee – how different this is from the CBA equivalent I wouldn’t like to say but our meetings always seem to end up in Wetherspoons.

I used to be quite a good mountaineer and still like wandering around upland areas. In fact this resembles the sort of archaeological research I started doing for the NT. We used to walk all over the hills in north Wales with binoculars looking for sites. Since all the recorded sites were spectacular mountain top cairns or IA settlements virtually the only thing left to discover was the ubiquitous sheepfold and I have surveyed dozens of these despite not a little scorn from other archaeologists - their day will come I reckon.

Working for the Trust has meant that one might as well forget any notion of specialising in anything – I have to cover the lot whatever it is from bits of forensic research on the interiors of stately homes to industrial spoil tips. And, being the NT there is quite a bit of the usual fulfilling of targets and the production of wordy internal reports. However, it is all good fun, a fantastic job and I couldn’t possibly complain except that is when I have to do yet another one of those Audits.


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Education
Liaison

Mike Scott Archer
3 Ashbrook Terrace
Charles St
Brecon LD3 7HE
E-mail :mikescottarcher*at*gmail.com

I was brought up in Llangollen. After two years work in the electronics industry in London during the war and two in the RAF in the Middle East post-war I completed a degree in Physics with Meteorology at Cambridge. Nine years of research in the Chemical Industry, developing the first phase of polythene by irradiation of ethylene gas in the atomic pile at Harwell and antioxidants to protect rubber from ultraviolet degradation were followed by periods teaching maths and physics, finally twelve years as head at Brynmawr Comprehensive School. During these years I was involved in curriculum development for the Welsh Board and for the Schools Council in London and as a scrutineer of A level Exam. Boards. I was also consultant for IBA on schools television.

Retirement led to active involvement with Llangynidr Local History Society, as chair I saw to the publication of ‘Shadows in a Landscape’ in 2000 and then a whole series of archaeological investigations followed in liaison with the National Park (Peter Dorling and Will Hughes), CADW (Sian Rees) and Clwyd Powys Arch.Trust. My other interests are musical (chair of Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia) and broadly historical and local heritage – the Brecknock Society, the Mortimer Society and a 2011 publication jointly with two other Cambridge alumnae on C16 trade and communications between Europe and London – ‘The Corsini Letters’. I have been an active mountain walker at home and abroad all my life, until recently a walk leader for the National Park Society, and I have served on Access Forums for both the Brecon Beacons National Park and Powys for the last 8 or 9 years – currently I am vice-chair of the Powys Forum and chair of the Brecon Beacons Forum –  roles which enables me to help ensure that our historic environment is accessible both to the local community and the visitor ( whose presence generates vital income for that community!).

This is my third three-year stint on the CBA Wales Committee and I am keen to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to become aware of their historic heritage, and that, if they get bitten by the archaeological bug, they can make the right choices as to a career or fulfilling hobby

 


Mike Scott Archer
Gazetteer Editor

Jan Bailey
Ty Faenor
Pen-yr-Ale Lane
Llangynidr
Crickhowell
Powys NP8 1NE

email: janet.bailey3*at*btinternet.com

My interests in archaeology reflect my life btp. I trained initially as an industrial chemist and then textile technology before taking a career break to raise my two sons, now grown up. I turned to teaching and spent 15 happy and successful years persuading reluctant children that understanding science really does make the world go round. In 2009 I left full time education of others to enter full time education for my own benefit as an MA student in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and History at Trinity St David’s University, Lampeter. This is a whimsical indulgence of a hobby gone mad. When I am not studying, I work at fund raising for a local history group in south Powys and organise events from lectures to excavations. I am a volunteer at Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, mainly concerned with the HER, and was honoured to be asked to become advisor to the trustees on community archaeology. If I have to define my favourite aspect of archaeology I would have to say landscape, especially industrial landscapes, and although I enjoy excavation, my favourite aspect of any dig is analysing the artefact record; to borrow from James Deetz, the “small things forgotten”. As a committee member “without portfolio” I have the freedom to get stuck into anything that interests me, hopefully with infectious enthusiasm.


Reviews Editor

Stephen Briggs

email: cstephenbriggs*at*yahoo.co.uk

C. Stephen Briggs is a Yorkshireman but has lived most of his life in the Celtic west: first at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he was a student before researching prehistoric settlement and resources in Central Ulster. Coming to Wales in 1973, most of his career thereafter was spent surveying and interpreting the historic environment at the RCAHMW, where he was sometime head of archaeology during the 1990s.  There he also compiled and edited the Inventory Volume dealing with Prehistoric and Early Christian Breconshire published in 1997 and wrote the Bronze Age chapter to the County History of Cardiganshire in 1994. Departing significantly from these projects, he began campaigning for better resourced staffing, site recording and protection in aerial photography, industrial archaeology and parklands and gardens during the 1980s. These activities did not always find sympathy in the Welsh Office or with its successor body the WAG.

Stephen has been a member of the CBA for half a century and the IfA for a quarter. Since retirement in 2006 he has devoted himself variously to research, publication and lecturing on antiquarian, archaeological and geological topics and historic gardens. He has campaigned with CPRW and the Cambrian Mountains Society on planning and environmental matters, does gardening (a damson orchard) and makes keyboard music - including accompanying silent movies.  In spite of his long incarceration as a government archaeologist he still enjoys exploring ancient sites and historic buildings

 


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Committee
Member

Andy Seaman

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
Humanities Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff
CF10 3EU
email: SeamanAP*at*cardiff.ac.uk

Andy is an archaeologist with a specialism in the archaeology of early medieval Britain and Ireland.  He studied archaeology at Bournemouth University, before moving to Cardiff where he undertook his BA(Hons) (2005) MA (2006) and PhD (2010).  After completing his PhD he worked on a number of commercial survey and excavation projects in England and Wales, before being appointed a fixed term lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology at Cardiff University.  His interests include Christianity and the early Church, early medieval settlements, and the Newport Gwent Dragons.

 


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Committee Member & Newsletter Editor

Gary Robinson
School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology
Bangor University
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG
email: g.robinson*at*bangor.ac.uk

Gary is a lecturer in archaeology at Bangor University. His main research interests include: the later prehistory of Britain and Ireland (especially in relation to the western Atlantic seaboard), landscape archaeology, island archaeology, archaeology and geomorphology of the uplands, archaeological theory and practice, material culture studies and gender archaeology.


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Committee
Member

Richard Hankinson

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
41 Broad Street
Welshpool
Powys SY21 7RR

email: richard*at*rhankinson.orangehome.co.uk

Since joining the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in November 1987, Richard has been busy with all sorts of field and desk-based projects. His particular interests include: the uses of environmental archaeology in combination with excavation, the early medieval period in general, and upland archaeology. He no longer rides his bike, having taken to restoring old Triumph cars (MkIV Spit on the road, GT6 in progress and due to return to it in the spring of 2005), but does still jump down dark holes using bits of thick string.

 


 

 
Committee Member (co-opted) Barry Burnham

Britannia,
Cwmann,
Lampeter,
SA48 8JN
b.burnham123@btinternet.com


 

 
Committee Member (co-opted)

Helen Burnham

Britannia,
Cwmann,
Lampeter,
SA48 8JN



 
Committee Member with responsibility for Industrial Archaeology Neil Phillips

36 Hatherleigh Road
Abergavenny
Monmouthshire
NP7 7RG

email:apac.philips*at*btinternet.com

After 21 years as a chief flying instructor, Hang Gliding; started archaeological career in 1996 as undergrade at UWCN.

Research Phd 1999-2004 at UWCN. Motte and bailey castles.

After various archaeological contracts, UK, Spain, Gibraltar and Morroco started own archaeological consultancy, A.P.A.C. Ltd, specialising in topographic survey, geophysics and digital photogrammetry.



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