I came to Oxford to do an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature. Almost immediately, I was persuaded by some new friends to join a volunteer excavation. It was cold, it was wet, it was muddy, I was digging in a ditch at the bottom of an Anglo-Saxon hut – I was hooked. I have been involved in archaeology ever since.
After completing a doctorate in archaeology and spending some time working as the lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, I came back to Oxford and soon found myself carrying out a new kind of excavation – in the archive cupboards here at the Institute of Archaeology.
Unearthing the archive treasures from the stratigraphic drifts of dust and paperwork has been a huge privilege, and working with the other members of the fantastic archive team means I really look forward to every day in the office!