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An Experienced Team

Richard Lewis BA MCIfA – Managing Director

Richard is an award-winning archaeologist with extensive experience delivering a wide range of archaeological projects across the United Kingdom. Richard is a Landscape, Prehistoric and Industrial Archaeology specialist. He founded Black Mountains Archaeology Ltd in 2017 and is a professional UAV (drone) pilot.

Richard has 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. Richard is a member of the Lithics Studies Society, the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) and was also a Leader with the Council for British Archaeology Young Archaeologists Club for six years.

Dr Graham Eyre-Morgan – 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.

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.

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.

Rhys Morgan BSc BA MA MPhil – Archaeologist

Rhys has been working in commercial archaeology for the past five years and has experience conducting fieldwork across the whole of Britain, particularly Wales and Southern England. As well as being a field archaeologist, Rhys is also heavily involved in academia. He specialises in the prehistory of Britain and Ireland and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Southampton, which focuses on the Neolithic architecture of Orkney. He also teaches at the University of Southampton on a part-time basis and is currently lecturing an undergraduate module on archaeological theory.

Outside of fieldwork and academic research, Rhys is also keenly interested in public engagement and communicating archaeological heritage to a wider audiences in both Welsh and English. He speaks regularly at conferences on topics ranging from prehistoric archaeology to historic architecture and has more recently been involved in both TV and radio.

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