"Hi, I'm Katy Firth and I'm the Community Archaeology Bursary holder based at Northlight Heritage in Glasgow. Northlight is part of York Archaeological Trust, but we are based in Glasgow. It's a really great place to learn about Community Archaeology, as social benefit is at the core of everything Northlight does.
A bit about me: I grew up in Orkney, a stones throw from the World Heritage Site "The Heart of Neolithic Orkney". Something must have rubbed off, because I went on to study Archaeology and German at Glasgow University. I knew I wanted to work in archaeology, so became a field archaeologist with various archaeological units including Oxford Archaeology North, for around a year and a half. I knew I also wanted to work with people, so fulfilled this aim by working as a Community Ranger for Historic Scotland for three years. This gave me a lot of experience working with groups and volunteers. In my spare time I play Underwater Hockey for Glasgow, Scotland and Great Britain.
My time at Northlight: I will be spending my placement getting involved in lots of Community Archaeology projects, and will be travelling all over Scotland. Some examples will be training Volunteers in excavation on the Hidden Heritage Project near Loch Lomand and using some experimental archaeology to engage the public at the Festival of Prehistory in Arran. Below is a picture of me boiling an egg in my burnt mound trough.
What I hope to get out of my placement: By being part of a wide range of community projects, engaging with many different audiences I will be gaining enough confidence in the sector to launch my own community archaeology projects. I am interested in many things including inter-generational heritage projects and projects which use multiple disciplines to engage people in our amazing shared past."
You can share Katy's progress by visiting her blog: http://ktfirthnorthlight.blogspot.co.uk/