Richard Lewis BA MCIfA – Director
Richard has extensive experience delivering a wide range of archaeological projects and is a Prehistoric Lithics and Industrial Archaeology specialist. Richard founded Black Mountains Archaeology Ltd in 2017 and has since delivered several major infrastructure projects together with many smaller archaeological investigations across Wales and England for our growing client base.
Prior to founding his own company Richard spent the last fifteen years working for the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd, where for nine years he ran the very successful commercial side of the organisation. During that time Richard and his team delivered over 800 projects across Wales and England. These ranged in size from major infrastructure projects such as the Circuit of Wales, A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling, Church Village Bypass, Port Talbot Distributor Route, Newport Arts Centre (Newport Medieval Ship) Ffos-y-fran and Nant Llesg surface mines, Merthyr Tydfil. The Celtic Manor (2010 Ryder Cup course), Gwent Europark (Caldicot) and Cabot Park, Avonmouth, as well as high level research projects for Welsh Government and many community archaeology projects across south Wales.
Richard has also won several awards in the process of delivering his archaeological projects. These include the Peter Neaverson Award for Digital Initiative and Innovation 2013 for the Ynysfach Ironworks 3D animated reconstruction and the British Archaeological Awards 2012 – Highly Commended for the investigation of an early-extractive Industrial landscape at Ffos-y-fran and was part of the team that won the UK Housing Awards 2014, Small Development of the Year category, for the excavation of a water-powered post-medieval brewery at Vulcan House, Merthyr Tydfil.
Richard has been a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) since 2007 and is fully committed to maintaining the high professional Standards and Codes of the Chartered Institute.
Dr Graham Eyre-Morgan MCIfA – Senior Archaeologist
With over 30 years-experience in field archaeology and an involvement in British Archaeology on a professional basis since 1986, Graham has risen from site assistant to Unit Director and then Archaeological Curator, and Head of a Historic Environment Team. During this time Graham has experienced all types of archaeological work (including forensic) sites and periods, developing a wealth of experience to be utilised within the profession.
Graham has been a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists for the past 20 years and was a former council member of the Chartered Institute. Graham has had the benefit of successfully working on either side of the archaeological divide as both ‘poacher and gamekeeper’. He therefore has developed an excellent understanding of both developer and local and central government requirements. Graham has published widely on archaeological topics.
Iulia Rusu BA MA – Osteoarchaeologist
Since arriving in the UK from Romania, Iulia has been heavily involved in commercial archaeological projects working for companies such as the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, Archaeology Wales, Rubicon Heritage and ourselves. Iulia began her studies in 2009 in Conservation-Restoration and History focusing on paper and parchment restoration and funerary archaeology; the latter becoming her focal interest during her MA in Interdisciplinary Archaeology. She began her training in Human Osteology at the Institute of Archaeology (Budapest, Hungary), during a research (Erasmus) studentship, under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Kitti Köhler.
In 2015 she was accepted into a PhD program at Cardiff University (Wales), with an initial topic relating to the osteological investigation of over 600 burials from Central-East Europe. Her research now concentrates on C/N isotope analysis, becoming almost exclusively focused on dietary practices and health of past populations (in Medieval Hungary). Iulia received additional training in the preparation of Sr and O isotope samples and has been involved in producing several commercial osteological assessments and reports. Her largest contribution was the overall analysis (assessment, full report, isotope sample preparation and analysis report) of an Early-medieval cemetery from Llangefni, Anglesey.
Iulia has been a member of BABAO since 2016 and AEA since 2015.
Charina Jones BSc MA MCIfA – Project Officer
Charina graduated with a BSc in Archaeology from Cardiff University in 2001. She worked briefly at Cotswold Archaeology and Cambrian Archaeological Projects undertaking geophysical survey and excavation before starting work for the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) as a Project Archaeologist in 2003. During her time in the Projects division Charina was involved with a number of projects, primarily Historic Landscape Characterisation and the Southeast Wales Industrial Ironworks Landscapes Project. Other work included desk-based assessments, survey and excavation. During this period Charina studied part-time for an MSc in Geographic Information Systems, which she completed in 2007.
Charina was appointed to the position of Historic Environment Record (HER) Manager at GGAT in late 2007. Where she was responsible for managing, maintaining and updating the HER for the 12 Unitary Authorities of Southeast Wales. Charina’s main achievements during this time were: migration of the HER data to a new software platform; overseeing the development and completion of online public access to the HER through the Archwilio website; contribution to the process of achieving a statutory duty for HERs in Wales; expansion of the Her team, both in terms of paid staff and volunteers and implementation and running of the Access to Archaeology volunteer project – a six year volunteer project to deliver an enhanced HER record.
In November 2017, Charina was appointed as Heritage Information Partnership Supervisor at Historic England (part time). Her role involves working with HERs across England to provide advice and guidance on best practice, complete HER audits and provide support and assistance for the Heritage Gateway website.
Charina’s wider interests focus on landscape archaeology and 3D modelling of the landscape: with an emphasis on presentation of the archaeological resource to the public, especially concerning the delivery of information online. She is currently studying a part-time PhD in mapping the Historic Landscape Character of South Wales with Swansea University.
Libby Langlands BA MA – Project Officer
Libby graduated from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL with a BA(Hons) in Archaeology and an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies. She received her field archaeology training at MOLA and has worked on commercial archaeology sites all over the South of England from Kent to Cornwall.
Libby has a passion for public engagement and interpretation as well as heritage and museum management. This led her to work for English Heritage and the National Trust in visitor facing roles before becoming Operations Officer at Southampton City Council, duty managing visitor services and commercial events across its museums, galleries and historic buildings portfolio. In 2014 Libby moved to the New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery at Roche Court, Salisbury where, in the role of Operations Manager, she handled transport and installation of contemporary sculpture and artworks as well as temporary exhibition logistics and loans administration.
Since having her children Libby has worked independently on the research, planning and delivery of a number of community and exhibition projects. She is hugely excited to join the team at Black Mountains Archaeology, in particular to engage and enthuse community and outreach groups, as well as commercial and cross-sector partners, with the wonder and thrill of archaeology, heritage and museum collections.