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Our current archaeologist is Phil Weston.
My name is Phil Weston and I’m delighted to be your latest Ask the Archaeologist archaeologist! I hope I can help with any questions you might have.
I work for Wessex Archaeology North as a Project Officer and I think it’s the coolest job in archaeology! Although I’m sure archaeologists that follow me might disagree. I am one of the leaders of Pontefract YAC too.
My job takes me all over the country and I’ve dug sites from the Mesolithic right through to the post-medieval period and almost all points in between. I work with a lot of interesting people and, as I’m often out and about, I get to meet lots of new people every time I go to a new site.
I studied Archaeological Science and then Landscape Archaeology at the University of Sheffield before setting out into the big world of professional archaeology. I have lived in Sheffield, Hertford, Bury St Edmunds and now Wakefield, as my work has taken me around the country.
I always enjoyed history and science at school and it was watching TV programmes like Time Team that made me realise that archaeology combines those subjects very well. My first dig was on a Neolithic enclosure and Bronze Age field system on Gardom’s Edge in the beautiful Peak District. It was run by Sheffield University and I volunteered for four summers from 1998. My favourite find from that site was a lovely Neolithic leaf-shaped flint arrowhead.
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What are the most common artefacts you find ? And where do you find the most artefacts?
Savanah (Age 12)
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Hi Savanah! Thank you for your question. In terms of which types of artefacts are most common, it all depends what kind of site you're on! Let me explain: If we're digging an early prehistoric site we may recover thousands of lithics…
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