Who We Are

Spencer Carter | Director & Chair, Field Archaeologist, Trainer & Lithics Specialist (London)
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)
Mark Hoyle | Archaeological Illustrator & Educator (Sunderland)
Terri Edwards | Editor & Educator (Durham)
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. 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, is project co-director, with Spencer, for the 2017-18 Heritage Lottery funded ICE & FIRE community rescue archaeology project on the Eston Hills. 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. He 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.

Bio to follow soon.

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.

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.

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.


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