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I have worked in British archaeology in various capacities since the early 1970s. During that time I have accumulated undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in archaeology and a considerable breadth of experience of very different kinds of archaeology, ranging from artefact scatters of our Palaeolithic past to industrial buildings of the last 100 years. I have directed fieldwork projects, researched and published papers, given talks, and delivered university and continuing education courses on a wide variety of archaeology related topics.I have served on the committees of The Hunter Archaeological Society and Derbyshire Archaeological Society, becoming engaged in various community projects. More recently, I have also been involved with the emergence of the Greater Manchester Archaeological Federation. Since 1993 I have worked more-or-less continuously in what might be described as ‘local government archaeology’, first as Sites and Monuments Records Officer and then – over the last ten years – providing curatorial advice on planning applications and their impacts upon the archaeological interest to planning authorities. In recent years I have been employed in delivering a planning advisory service to the planning authorities of Greater Manchester. During this time significant changes have taken place in government planning advice, changes that have created a new, more holistic vision of heritage.With the recent publication of the National Planning Policy Framework I feel that, in the right working environment, there are genuine opportunities for new and more creative outcomes for public and academic engagement from developer funded archaeology.
Throughout this time I have maintained active archaeological research interests into hunting and gathering societies, technology and risk management strategies. On the back of this I have accumulated a modest but intermittently significant publication record, mainly – although not exclusively focussed upon prehistory and particularly the archaeological record for the British Mesolithic and Palaeolithic periods. I am currently researching one family's collection of material spanning some 30 years spare-time fieldwork on the moorlands above Glossop, Derbyshire. The collection is of particular value as the finds were recorded on maps and stored in marked containers identifying the findspot. Preliminary assessment suggests the collection covers more than 100 locations with the majority dating to the Mesolithic period. As the vast majority of these findspots have not been previously identified or recorded this body of data should transform our distributional understanding of the period in this region. A major paper on earlier Mesolithic settlement and technology should be appearing in 2015 in the festschrift being put together by Nick Ashton (British Museum) in memory of Roger Jacobi . I will also be publishing in 2015/16 a collection of papers on 'The Mesolithic of NW England: Current Research' following the successful CBA NW conference held in Manchester on May 11th 2013.
Conference on recent research and its implications for understanding aspects of the Mesolithic period in North-West England