Our Team

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 extensive experience of leading and working within multidisciplinary development teams for large-scale multi-million pound projects. Recent examples include the St Athan NAR road scheme, Vale of Glamorgan, Penderyn Distillery (Whisky) and Swansea Council’s redevelopment of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, Swansea, Vita (Cardiff) 1’s redevelopment of Bradley Court, Cardiff and Bike Park Wales, Merthyr Tydfil. 

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 – Senior 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.

Dr Rhys Morgan BSc BA MA PhD – Archaeologist & UAV Pilot

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.

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