The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Archaeology in Wales

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Head of Projects

Richard Lewis BA MCIfA

Richard has worked for the Trust for over 11 years and now coordinates the commercial work undertaken by the Projects Department. Richard graduated from Cardiff University and is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists.


Richard's interests include the prehistory of Britain, particularly funerary and ritual practices and their wider landscape setting. He is also interested in experimental archaeology, focused primarily on lithic technologies. Richard has a special interest in the Industrial Archaeology of south Wales, particularly the iron and coal industries and the indelible legacy they have left on the landscape. Richard is a member of the Lithics Studies Society and the Families In British India Society. Richard also has a keen interest in developing programmes of continuous professional training and development.


email: lewis@ggat.org.uk

Project Manager

Richard Roberts BA

Richard joined the Trust in 1996 from the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Richard is responsible for managing and undertaking landscape and other projects, including Cadw grant-aided work; he has headed the Southeast Wales Industrial Ironworks project for the past six years, and since 2000 has also been heavily involved with the pan-Wales Historic Landscape Characterisation project.. Since 2003, Richard has headed the Trust's involvement with the Countryside Council for Wales' LANDMAP project, and has also acted as an external QA assessor.


Richard has a wide-range of archaeological experience his interests are landscape and buildings archaeology, and the archaeology of the early medieval period. Richard has a keen interest in the archaeology and architectural history of the Himalayan regions, and has been involved with Khamaid's Minyak Cultural Preservation Program in Eastern Tibet.

Project Manager

Martin Tuck

Martin originally joined GGAT in 1985, following six years military service, and worked for a year as a site assistant excavating the canabae of Roman Caerleon. In 2001 he rejoined the Trust and worked as a project assistant before becoming a Project Officer in 2004. Martin's duties include the full spectrum of archaeological investigations and management of the Projects Department in the absence of senior managers. Following fourteen years working for an engineering, mining, and topographic survey company, working on various construction projects including the Second Severn Crossing, he maintained an active interest in archaeology and worked on many local sites as a volunteer before undertaking his own research excavation near Caerleon.


He has extensive experience as a field archaeologist and has recently led a team working on 19th century industrial remains at Ffos-y-fran, Merthyr Tydfil and also at the site of a first century Roman fort at Neath. In addition to traditional fieldwork, Martin has a keen interest in survey and building recording.

Senior Illustrator PCIfA

Paul Jones

Paul began working for the Trust as an illustrator in 1987 and is directly responsible for the Illustration Department and all illustrative output for the trust. Paul has worked on every monographic volume and has produced illustrative material for over 1500 developer funded projects.


Pauls main responsibility at the Trust is to produce illustration work, at a standard deemed suitable for any published material, whether produced in-house (archaeological client reports) or produced by companies specialising in archaeological articles from short articles in specialist periodicals to monograph editions. In additional to Paul's normal illustration workload, he is now responsible for the complete in-house design creation and implementation of our annual Discovery and Learning publication

Project Officer

Charlotte James-Martin BA, PG Cert ACIfA

Charlotte started working for the Trust in 2007 after graduating from Newport University. She began working as a Project Archaeologist on the multi-period but predominately Industrial Ffos-y-fran land reclamation scheme, Merthyr Tydfil. While working for the Trust Charlotte gained a post-graduate certificate in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester.


Charlotte has built up an extensive knowledge of Industrial archaeology working at the former Gadlys Ironworks in Aberdare, the Ynys Fach and Cyfarthfa Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil and the extensive Industrial remains at Ffos-y-fran as well as directing excavations at Vulcan House, Merthyr Tydfil. During this time Charlotte has developed a keen interest in the archaeology of the clay tobacco pipe and is now the Trust's in-house clay pipe specialist. Charlotte routinely prepares written schemes of investigation and project designs and undertakes watching briefs and building surveys.

Senior Project Archaeologist

Jonathan Burton BA (Hons) MA PCIfA

Jonathan originally joined GGAT in 1987 working on multi-discipline projects at Cosmeston Medieval Village, Penarth, and later at Nantgarw China Works, where he undertook a variety of archaeological, reconstruction, experimental archaeology and conservation work. Jonathan returned to the trust in 1999 after working for a short period in Newport County Council Offices. In 2001 he left the trust to begin his degree at the University of Wales Newport. Graduating in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Archaeology and Prehistory and with an MA in Historical Landscape Studies in 2006 and is a Practitioner of the Institute for Archaeologists. During his years at university he continued to work for the trust during the summer and supervised the Newport Ship excavation in 2002.


Jonathan also worked for Cotswold Archaeology on numerous projects around the UK, before rejoining the trust in 2010 since when he has worked on a number of large-scale excavations, evaluations and long term watching briefs. His primary archaeological interests include medieval deserted villages, early industrial sites and Second World War sites, in particular aviation related sites and subjects.

Project Archaeologist (Environmental)

Hannah Bowden BA (Hons) MSc

Hannah graduated from The University of Birmingham with BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology in 2005 and with MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments in 2007. After the completion of her MSc, Hannah was employed by The Environmental Archaeology Consultancy as an Environmental Archaeology Technician from 2007 - 2009. Hannah previously worked for GGAT as a Project Archaeologist on the Cardiff Castle excavation in 2005 - 2006 before re-joining the Trust in February 2012. Since then, Hannah has worked on a broad range of excavations, as well as carrying out post-excavation finds work and faunal specialist reports.


Hannah has experience of processing environmental samples, assessing and analysing palaeoenvironmental remains and producing environmental archaeology assessment reports. Hannah is the Trust's in-house faunal and environmental specialist and has a strong interest in palaeoenvironmental change and zooarchaeology. Hannah is also a member of the Association of Environmental Archaeology (AEA).

Project Archaeologist

Charlotte Halford BA (Hons), PG Cert

Charlotte Halford graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter with a BA (Hons) in Medieval Studies and Archaeology in 2007. She initially worked for GGAT as a Project Archaeologist in 2008 on the Ffos-y-Fran Land Reclamation Scheme in Merthyr Tydfil, but went back to the University of Wales, Lampeter, to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies in 2011. Charlotte returned to GGAT in 2011 to work on the Industrial excavations at the Ynysfach and Cyfarthfa Ironworks, the Roman excavation at Dwr Y Felin, Neath, Monmouth School, and Swansea Castle. She regularly takes on field evaluations and watching briefs across south Wales and routinely undertakes reports such as archaeological watching brief reports, post-excavation assessments and desk-based assessments. She is also involved in community projects and was a site supervisor on the Hafod Copperworks community excavation in Swansea in May/June 2013.


Charlotte is the Post-medieval brick and tile specialist and regularly completes specialist reports for Industrial sites; however, she is also undertaking training to become a medieval pottery specialist.

Project Archaeologist

Sophie Lewis BA (Hons)

Sophie received her BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Cardiff University in 2010, whereby she completed excavations and also carried out a geophysical survey. In 2010 she worked briefly with the GGAT as a Project Archaeologist on the excavation of Roman Fort at the site of the Dwr-y-Felin School. After this she then went to work in Egypt working on the South Asasif project, where she catalogued and photographed artefacts whilst also excavating. In 2011 Sophie then returned to work for the Trust as a Project Archaeologist. Since then she has worked on numerous excavations and has been involved with post-excavation analysis. Sophie has carried out various watching briefs, completed reports, WSI's and has worked on building recordings.


Her primary interests are human osteology, including funerary and burial practices, sacrifice, ritual and cannibalism, She also has interests in the archaeology of Egyptian tombs, the Roman presence within Wales and prehistory. Sophie is is currently studying biological anthropology and is a member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.