“Hello, my name is Sam and I am currently undertaking the Council for British Archaeology’s youth focused Community Archaeology Training Placement with Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd in Hereford. I started my role at the beginning of September and am looking forward to spending the next year developing community projects in and around Herefordshire with the team here at Headland.
“My inspiration to become an archaeologist stemmed from the time I spent on a community archaeology project in Norfolkone summer, the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Community archaeology is therefore something I am passionate about and there is no doubt that it was the fantastic opportunities afforded to me here which drove me to study at the University of Southampton where I undertook a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Social Archaeology.
“After completing my MA I spent a lot of time volunteering at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk between jobs. This involved working alongside the in house archaeologists to maintain the village and provide activities and talks for both school parties and the public. These activities including finds handling, crafts, a mini-dig and other such ‘hands on’ experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here working with children which led me to become an assistant with the local branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club.
“My first commercial job in archaeology was in 2013 with Archaeological Solutions Ltd in Suffolk which has given me a good base of knowledge in excavation and survey on many different sites and archaeologies from the Bronze Age through to the modern day.
“With this placement I am currently developing community projects in Herefordshire and surrounding counties and I hope to provide the same engaging experiences in archaeology that I benefited from when I was younger and which led me to where I am today."
Follow Sam's progress by visiting his blog: http://headlandarch.blogspot.co.uk/
And on twitter: https://twitter.com/SamThom17316369