Mike has worked in commercial archaeology since 2003 after graduatiing from Sheffield University, working for a variety of companies in many different locations before joining Suffolk Archaeology as a Project Officer in 2014. He has had experience of directing field work on large scale developments such as road schemes and large housing projects, as well as small urban and rural sites.
Mike was lucky enough to start his archaeological career early in life taking part in research excavations with Cambridge and Liverpool University from the age of 10 where he first became interested in the study of lithic technologies.
Since then Mike has taken part in many interesting excavations as well as organising open days and workshops for the local communities.
Mike's favourite site since joining Suffolk Archaeology was a large scale (c.121ha) evaluation at Chilton, Suffolk where he helped lead the fieldwork and wrote the post-excavation assessment report.
The evaluation identified several areas of Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and medieval archaeology. These included a Late Iron Age enclosure and associated pits and a Roman enclosure with possible settlement area. The evaluation produced moderate quantities of finds from most periods with three partial vessels found (Roman, Iron Age and Bronze Age), two possible loom or thatch weights dating to the Iron Age, copper alloy objects (including a possible Roman ceremonial rattle) and prehistoric flint tools.