Who We Are


  • Spencer Carter | Director & Chair, Field Archaeologist, Trainer & Lithics Specialist (London & Teesside)
  • Adam Mead | Director, Field Archaeologist & Trainer (Teesside)
  • Paul Docherty | Director, 3D Imaging & GIS Specialist (Teesside)
  • Rich Mason | Director, Field Archaeologist, Post-Excavation & Heritage Presentation Specialist (Helmsley)
  • Dr Hannah Russ | Post-Excavation & Bio/Zoo-Archaeology Specialist (Barnard Castle)
  • Chris Chinnock | Field Archaeologist, Palaeo-pathologist & Trainer (Northampton)
  • Mark Hoyle | Archaeological Illustrator & Educator (Sunderland)
  • Terri Edwards | Editor & Educator (Durham)
  • Lorna Cherry | Grant Fund Application Advisor & GIS Specialist (Sussex)
  • Guy Forster | Field Archaeologist & Trainer (Sedgefield)

Spencer Carter FSA Scot

BA (Hons) Archaeology (Durham), Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (Affiliate), Proprietor at TimeVista Archaeology.

Spencer is an experienced freelance commercial and community field archaeologist, prehistoric stone tool specialist, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot). He was recently Archaeological Project Officer for Breedon Group’s Black Cat North aggregates quarry, Bedfordshire, as well as being involved in other community and commercial projects in Yorkshire and Northumberland. He is past chair of the Teesside Archaeological Society, former committee member, editor and trustee of Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire, and was on the council of RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust, as an advocate for our archaeology, heritage-at-risk and the profession. Spencer is trained in health & safety practices.


Adam Mead

BA (Hons) Archaeology (Durham), Archaeologist at Archaeological Services Durham University.

Adam, a keen runner, was project co-director, with Spencer, for the 2017-18 and ongoing Heritage Lottery funded ICE & FIRE community rescue archaeology project on the Eston Hills and our formative REAPING TIME community project at Airy Hill, Boosbeck with East Cleveland Villages. In addition to his work as a commercial archaeologist, he is actively and regularly engaged in community outreach activities which include lectures to regional groups, societies, schools and hands-on activities with the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) based in Durham, and more recently at the North York Moors National Park Centre in Danby. Adam is trained in risk assessments, health & safety practices and first aid.


Paul Docherty

MA Computer Animation, Final year student BA (Hons) Archaeology (Leicester).

Paul is currently a final year archaeology undergraduate student with interests in experimental archaeology. His background is in engineering and games development but has over the past decade redirected towards archaeology. Between 2000-2015 he was a Principal Lecturer and the Head of Games and Animation at Teesside University.

Paul specialises in 3D modelling and scanning, particularly Multi-view Stereo Photogrammetry and Structure-from-Motion. His interests mainly revolve around digital reconstructions of historical sites and artefacts and has worked on projects for several documentary channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC. Paul runs 3D ‘bootcamps’ for the digital heritage sector and runs a course in photogrammetry at the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP). He is an active member of Teesside Archaeological Society and is regularly involved in fieldwork with local and national research and community projects.


Rich Mason

BA (Hons) Archaeology (Durham), MA (Liverpool), Field Archaeologist, Trainer, Post-excavation Specialist and Heritage Presentation Consultant.

After graduating from Durham University in 2005, Rich spent several years working for English Heritage as a visitor operations manager, before pursuing a career in archaeology. He has spent several years excavating for commercial archaeology units, gaining a wealth of experience in most periods of British archaeology, as well as training undergraduate students in the field for 11 seasons. Rich has been employed predominantly by English Heritage and has completed assessments on some of the largest archaeological resources in Britain, including Beeston Castle, Roman Aldborough and Wharram Percy.

In 2008, Rich began co-directing research excavations for University of Liverpool, and has managed the post-excavation process for the Liverpool Field School, writing up their recent investigations at Eddisbury Hillfort, as well as working on English Heritage collections recovered from Rievaulx Abbey (North Yorkshire), and with a newly-opened museum at Richmond Castle.


Dr Hannah Russ FSA

PhD (Bradford), Freelance Zooarchaeologist, Researcher and Post-excavation Specialist.

Hannah has over 19 years experience in archaeologySince graduating from the University of Bradford with her PhD in 2011, she has held positions at the University of Sheffield, Oxford Brookes University and Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA), as well as honorary research roles at the University of Sheffield and University of Wales, Trinity St. David.

Hannah’s research has focused on past diets, particularly the use of animals, through the analysis of bones, teeth and shells recovered from archaeological sites. She has worked on material from sites in the UK, Spain, Italy, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Chris Chinnock

BA (Hons) Ancient History & Archaeology (Newcastle), MSc Palaeopathology (Durham), Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA), Field Archaeologist, Trainer and Post-excavation Specialist at MoLA.

Born and raised at the foot of the Eston Hills, Chris has been involved in both commercial and community archaeological projects for several years. After graduating with a BA in Ancient History & Archaeology and an MSc in Palaeopathology, he entered the commercial archaeological sector and has spent the majority of his career working as a field archaeologist, predominantly operating throughout the south-east and Midlands.

Chris’ current role as Post-excavation and Publications Project Officer with MoLA comprises archaeological report writing and analysis of human remains. In early 2019 Chris was fortunate to be offered a temporary position as Field Archaeologist in Residence with Cambridge University. Chris has also been involved in, for over ten years, the excavation of a 12th-century Anglo-Welsh castle in Pembrokeshire, helping to train students and local volunteers in archaeological excavation and recording techniques.


Mark Hoyle

BA (Hons) History (Sunderland), PGCE, Archaeological Illustrator and Educator.

Mark has worked in the field of archaeology and archaeological illustration for over 27 years and is currently a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists: Graphics Archaeology Group (CIfA).

He is currently working as a professional archaeological illustrator for Northern Archaeological Associates. Mark has worked for clients such as Vindolanda Trust, Northern Archaeological Associates, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Institute of World Archaeology-Butrint, Pre-Construct Archaeology, Norfolk Archaeological Unit, Durham University, The Portable Antiquities Scheme, Northern Counties Archaeological Services, University of York, Newcastle University, and many more.


Terri Edwards

MA (Oxon.), MA (Open), RSA Dip TEFLA, PGCAP, FHEA, Assistant Professor (Teaching) at Durham University English Language Centre.

Terri has been a community archaeology and heritage volunteer since moving to Lanchester, Co. Durham in 2009. Her main role is researching, writing and editing for archaeology and heritage projects. She is a member of the Friends of Longovicium, editing their most recent publication Longovicium: a Roman Town at Lanchester (2011). She wrote up the recording sheets for all of the known Roman remains in Lanchester for the Parish Council and North of England Civic Trust Heritage Audit (2016-17). Most recently, she has worked with the Ice & Fire: Eston Hills Rescue Archaeology project team (2017-ongoing), helping to edit the 2018 HLF Interim Report.


Lorna Cherry

BA (Hons) Archaeology & Landscape (Sussex), PG Cert Geographic Information Systems & Science (Kingston), NAS Level II (Nautical Archaeology Society).

Involved in both land based and underwater archaeological projects since 1995, Lorna completed a BA in Archaeology & Landscape at the University of Sussex, and Level II underwater qualifications with the Nautical Archaeology Society. Following a spinal cord injury which resulted in her now using a wheelchair, she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems & Science at the University of Kingston. As an Awards Officer with the National Lottery Charities Board she assessed and made recommendations on applications for funding from the Small Grants Scheme.

With a particular interest in the British and European Mesolithic, Lorry now provides GIS services to local archaeological groups, community projects and individuals.


Guy Forster

Undergraduate student at Durham University Archaeology.

Guy is an experienced field archaeologist, having been a volunteer on many community and academic projects in northern England. He’s conducting his own field-walking around the Sedgefield area in southern Co. Durham, with some impressive finds that include a rare Neolithic stone axe imported from the Lake District, and prehistoric flint artefacts. He’s presently studying as a mature undergraduate at Durham University. His interests extend to experimental archaeology such as flint knapping and ceramics, and inducting his young family into all things heritage. Guy has been actively involved at Airy Hill in East Cleveland in 2019 and continues to complete the evaluation field-walking ahead of 2020 community expansion.


Advisors

  • Dr Stephen Sherlock, Freelance Commercial & Community Archaeologist
  • Dr David Petts, Associate Professor, Durham University Archaeology
  • Dr Robert Young, Freelance Archaeologist, Mesolithic Specialist
  • Dr Jim Innes, Palaeo-botanist and Palynology Expert, Durham University Geography