"I’m Kelly, and I’m currently undertaking a year-long community archaeology training placement with Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service.
"I studied my BSc (Hons) and MA Archaeology at Cardiff University, specialising in the prehistory of Britain and Ireland. My research interests include landscape archaeology, materiality, monumentality and the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. Prior to undertaking my placement I was a commercial excavator, and have previously worked as an environmental archaeologist. I have also excavated on numerous research digs including the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Caerau in south Wales and Ham Hill in Somerset.
"My placement has been extremely busy so far and I have worked on three community excavation projects, including an Anglo-Saxon cemetery site at Barbers Point. I have also been into local schools to promote archaeology, given talks, developed displays and learning materials, assisted with geophysics, and run weekly finds processing sessions with volunteers. I am a leader with the Bury St Edmund’s branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club, and have worked with local organisations such as Hands on Heritage and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. In the future I am hoping to continue this work and more – 12 months just isn’t long enough!"