‘Finds and features’ : a commonly used phrase in the ‘grey-literature’ of commercial archaeology. Referring to objects (finds) and alterations to the landscape below ground (features).
I started writing here in 2008. I was initially inspired by all of the fascinating archaeology I was reading about and analysing whilst working for English Heritage (as was) on the Greater London Heritage Environment Record, and I continued to write when I started my PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, in 2009.
The archive of posts from 2008-2015 starts with the archaeology of London, and then moves on to talk about past technologies and materials. I self-taught GIS mapping software, and my work for English Heritage combined big datasets with maps so you’ll also see some GIS work here. I held a number of Teaching Assistant positions, and occasionally I posted about my experiences teaching and learning. I like a good dataset, a nice cluster analysis and the occasional PCA, and I also became fascinated with hands-on practical aspects of ancient technologies, including smithing and casting, so there’s quite a mix of posts.
I also run the Experimental Archaeology Conference UK website, so you’ll see a number of references to that in the archive, along with all the many other conferences I went to whilst I was an archaeologists.
These days I work in Higher Education from the administrative side, and I volunteer with people in emotional crisis. I decided in January 2017 to keep this site going, and to retain all of the previous material, as hundreds of people still use it every day. But the content of the site is changing, so don’t be surprised if the archaeological writing retreats steadily into the distance, whilst I focus on new subjects of interest.