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I specialise in designing recording approaches that balance the requirements of the project, putting the protection/safety of the heritage asset at the heart of my recommended approach. I employ in a number of digital recording techniques including Photogrammetry/SfM and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Virtual RTI (V-RTI) and also have experience with terrestrial laser and structured light scanning. I capture data using traditional digital imaging (terrestrial & macro DSLR photography), aerial survey (mast & UAV) and laser scanning. I am able to produce a range of deliverables based on the needs of the project such as 3D point clouds & models/meshes, rectified photographs & interactive 2.5D lighting files for surface analysis. Based on 15 years of experience in the field, I have also developed and delivered a range of technical training, both capture and processing guidance, for community and academic contexts.


Most recently, I have been employed on two research projects at the University of Liverpool – Carved in Stone (Brit Council / Archaeology Dept) and Tracing the Past (AHRC/Architecture) and have been collaborating on research in Jersey as part of the Ice Age Island Project, since 2013. Previous to that, I worked in Sudan with the Copenhagen University/International El Kurru Project (CUNE), at an ancient rock art site in Armenia with the Ughtasar Rock Art Project and at Happisburgh on an AHOB project in which early human footprints were discovered on the Norfolk coast.  

english-heritage-guidelinesI completed a PhD at the University of York, primarily focusing on the application of digital recording and visualisation techniques within the scope of archaeological and heritage investigation, namely on how innovative approaches can best be used to enhance the understanding of the recorded cultural resource. I also explored the role of research design, the value of interdisciplinary research and volunteer-based recording programmes as well as the impact of technology transfer. While completing my doctorate, I developed a set of guidelines for English Heritage on Highlight-RTI, a flexible RTI recording approach.

Although my doctoral and masters research have taken me in a more digital direction, I also have experience and strong interests in building conservation and material studies.  I completed a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and worked for multiple field-seasons with the Institute of Classical Archaeology at Chersonesos, a site in Ukraine where I undertook various conservation and site interpretation-related projects. Furthermore, I started my doctoral studies as part of the Centre for Conservation Studies at University of York , attending various professional training courses they offer.  More recently, collaboration with the International El Kurru Project in Sudan and the Carved in Stone Project in Turkey has allowed me to continue my links with conservation-related projects.

Happisburgh-Data-CaptureMy work has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New York Times, British Archaeology, Nature, ‘Britain: One Million Years’ (Natural History Museum exhibition) and most recently on the BBC.