"Hello, my name’s Fiona Isobel Watson and I’m the CBA placement for Stirling Council. I’ve recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a postgraduate MSc in Landscape: Integrated Research and Practice. This was also where I gained my undergraduate degree in Archaeology MA (Hons).
"I’m based in the Ranger Service, which is part of the wider Land Services. However I also spend a lot of my time in the Planning office with Murray Cook the Regional Archaeologist, who is providing the majority of my training.
"Working between the two different departments has been a great opportunity to widen my skill set from purely archaeology to working with natural heritage and wider landscape management. I think that this holistic approach, as well as all our wonderful volunteers, has been one of the main contributing factors to the success of our community events so far.
"Prior to this placement I’d taken part in several community archaeology projects around Scotland as a volunteer and have experienced first hand the benefits of archaeology for all. This placement has afforded me the opportunity to use my experience to design and manage my own projects as well as learn the ins and out of effectively implementing government policy while managing the historic environment. It’s a lot to get to grips with but I’m thoroughly enjoying it!
To follow Fiona's progress and to find out more about community archaeology events you might be interested in visit her blog at: fionaisobelwatson.tumblr.com/