Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe

Between 2012 and 2014 representatives from 23 organisations in 21 European countries worked together in the Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2014 project to gain insight into the profile of the archaeological profession and labour market in those countries. The results can be compared with those of a predecessor Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe project, undertaken in 2006-08.

Research Highlights

  1. Across the 21 participating states, it is calculated that a total of over €1 billion is spent on professional archaeology every year, with the majority of that expenditure being on the salary costs of the estimated 24,740 people who work as archaeologists in these countries.

Cultural Heritage at Times of Economic Crisis

My work in this area was triggered by the effects of the Great Recession that begain in 2008 on professional archaeology.

Research Highlights

  1. Job Losses in UK archaeology. I produced quarterly updates, beginning in October 2008, that became the first data points in the ongoing State of the Archaeological Market programme.
  2. I wrote about the global effects of the crisis.
  3. I undertook research into the effects of past (20th century) economic crises on professional archaeology and cultural heritage management.

Breaking New Ground: how professional archaeology works

Who works as a professional archaeologist, what do they do and who do they work for?

This is the first comprehensive review of applied archaeology as a profession in the UK in the twenty-first century, using case studies of organisations and particular archaeological projects to present a contemporary history of professional archaeology that looks at who employs archaeologists, who their clients are and why those clients want archaeological work done.

Research Highlights

  1. How the demand and supply of professional archaeology has changed over time.
  2. Illustrated with case studies of key organisations and sites.