Richard Lewis BA MCIfA – Managing Director & Chief UAV Pilot
Richard is an award-winning archaeologist with extensive experience delivering a wide range of archaeological projects across the United Kingdom and is a Landscape, Prehistoric and Industrial Archaeology specialist. Richard is also a professional UAV (drone) pilot and founded Black Mountains Archaeology Ltd in 2017 and Black Mountains Geomatics Ltd in 2021.
Richard has been an early adopter of digital technologies, such as GIS, photogrammetry and laser surveys in archaeology. He has a passion for aerial survey and has worked with drones for several years culminating with him gaining his Operational Authorisation (OA) (formerly PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) (OAUAS10885) and A2CofC qualifications. Richard now utilises drones to provide mapping solutions for the heritage, archaeology, construction, structural engineering, energy sector, aggregate (quarrying) and the agricultural industries. For examples of Richard’s survey work please check out our news page and recent projects.
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 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), 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.
Libby Langlands BA MA – Project Officer & UAV Pilot
Libby has a broad expertise across the historic environment sector. She 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 and research excavations and post-excavation projects all over Southern England and Wales (MOLA, Oxford Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, etc).
Libby has also worked in arts and heritage exhibitions including interpretation planning, content research and text writing for international and HLF projects (Researcher, Prince Research Consultants Ltd; Independent Consultant) and has managed exhibition logistics, transport, loans administration and installation (Operations Manager, Roche Court New Art Centre Contemporary Sculpture Park & Art Gallery). She has a wealth of experience in visitor services and operations management at a number of arts, museums and heritage venues (English Heritage; National Trust; Duty Manager, Operations Officer, Southampton City Council Arts & Heritage).
Libby works across the whole of the Black Mountains Archaeology project portfolio including DBAs, EIAs & ASIDOHL2s, excavation, surveying and post-excavation reporting. Her current projects include Llanharan Bypass and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks where the team is developing the use of photogrammetry as a recording method on what is a complex industrial site.
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.
Dr Rhys Morgan BSc BA MA PhD – 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 has recently completed a PhD at the University of Southampton, which focused 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.
Mrs Abbi Wootten-Brooks – Archaeologist
Abbi is an experienced and award winning businesswoman. Since 2006 Abbi has run and developed Noah’s Nuptials and is a five times winner at the Welsh National Wedding Awards. Since 2018 Abbi has been studying history and archaeology at Swansea University. Abbi has been closely involved with the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks project on behalf of Swansea University where she launched a volunteer recruitment campaign, which attracted over 30 students and supervised the ‘women of the works’ oral history project.
Abbi supervised two student archaeological excavations at Old Sarum, Wiltshire and the Strata Florida Archaeology Field School. Recently, Abbi worked on the excavation of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks ahead of the Penderyn Whisky development at the site. Currently, Abbi is a key member of our Hafod-Morfa Copperworks post-excavation team.