A new yet familiar face has joined York Archaeology to co-ordinate the busy schedules of its Nottingham and Sheffield offices. Fiona Moore is York Archaeology’s new regional manager.
Belfast-born Fiona rejoins York Archaeology following the completion of a PhD in archaeology at the University of Nottingham. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she had previously worked with the team, then operating as Trent & Peak Archaeology, part of York Archaeological Trust, as a consultant. She first honed her skills in Belfast as a field archaeologist and junior consultant, and more recently in Oxford.
In her new role, Fiona will be managing the units in Nottingham and Sheffield, including co-ordinating projects including pipeline excavations, archaeological explorations at future quarry sites, and the specialist geoarchaeology unit, which provides expertise to other archaeological consultancies. She will also be involved in York Archaeology’s community archaeology and training digs, including the forthcoming training scheme at Wollaton Park, exploring the layout of the gardens and external buildings, including archaeobotany.
“This team has the best reputation in the East Midlands, having dug around the Trent Valley for nearly 60 years now, so it is real privilege to return and be part of the organisation’s future,” comments Fiona. “I love industrial architecture, which is one specialism of the Sheffield office, and will be working very closely with our York-based team, so the range of projects with which I’ll be involved is remarkable.”
Director of archaeology, Dr Howard Jones, is pleased to have Fiona back on board. “Fiona is really passionate about raising the profile of archaeology in the Midlands. As we are the commercial archaeology wing of an educational charity, this fits perfect with our strategy of pioneering new ways for people to discover, explore and experience archaeology. Our commercial business has grown so we now sit in a unique position within the sector – big enough to deliver large scale national infrastructure projects, yet small and agile enough to bring our expertise to more modest projects which help further our understanding of this region’s history. Fiona will be a key part of the team delivering this.”
Fiona lives in Beeston with her partner and a cat called Dimitri.
For more information on York Archaeology’s current projects throughout the Midlands, please visit yorkarchaeology.co.uk