"Hello, my name is Samantha and I am the Community Archaeology Trainee with Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives. Having developed an interest in all things historical, I studied my BA (Hons) Archaeology and MSc Dating and Chronology at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 2010. Both during and after my studies, I have gained a variety of experience on both commercial and research archaeological excavations across Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Italy and London. During the summer of 2012, I got the opportunity to teach archaeological excavation theory and techniques to anthropology and archaeology students from across the world at Achill Archaeological Field School, Ireland.
"Whilst working with Etruria Nova in Italy, I had my first encounter with community archaeology and I was able to see how important it is for local people to understand and gain an appreciation of their local history and heritage. After teaching at Achill Archaeological Field School, I realised that I wanted to continue with this work and so I applied for the Community Archaeology Training Placements.
"I am thoroughly enjoying my placement and I have started working with local community groups as well as the Bristol and Bath Young Archaeologists Club which meets at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Over the course of the year I will actively engage with local community groups and the young people of Bristol to find out what they would like from the museum and organise events which they will find interesting and enjoyable."
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