Jo has been working for Suffolk Archaeology (formerly SCCAS) for 30 years and as Senior Project Officer is responsible for some of our largest and most complex projects, as well as assisting in the general management of the company. Although she has worked on sites of all periods, much of her work is focussed on the nationally important archaeology at RAF Lakenheath in the west of the county and the excavation of Early Anglo-Saxon settlement and cemetery sites across Suffolk.
She is well known around the county, acting as advisor to local archaeology groups and regularly giving evening lectures to local history and archaeology societies. In the past she has taken part in a number of television programmes, including working as a presenter on two series of a BBC archaeology programme in 2002 and 2003. She is passionate about the importance of valuing our heritage and is currently secretary of RESCUE, The British Archaeological Trust, a non party political organisation that campaigns on behalf of archaeology and archaeologists everywhere.
Jo's favourite finds have been made not on site but during the post-excavation process of the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath. We knew that there were some really ornate gilded copper alloy objects from the site, including of course the fabulous bridle, but Jo was completely unprepared for the frequency and quality of textiles surviving where they had been in contact with the metals, and the picture they evoke. In this photo you can see an open weave cloth surviving where it touches the copper alloy bowl mount, and which was probably stretched over the bowl, covering its contents, when it was placed in the grave.