Karen Gavin

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I came to study archaeology as a mature student. When my youngest child was completing her GCSE’s I decided that I would attend evening classes to reinvigorate my brain cells. My local college was offering a GCSE course in archaeology and so I signed up and swiftly became addicted. After completing this, and subsequently an A level archaeology, I applied to the University of Chester and graduated in 2010 with the privilege of being an academic prize winner for my research whilst an undergraduate.

I volunteered with Big Heritage during 2013 and 2014 on the Discovering Bromborough Project whilst undertaking post graduate research and was offered a paid internship with them, which began at the end of 2014. Happily this led to my employment with the company as a community archaeologist and project assistant.

My research interests normally involve the Neolithic period and I have spent many weekends visiting sites throughout Britain from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England and many places in between.

Favourite Site: Barclodiad Y Gawres, Anglesey, in my opinion the best Neolithic burial chamber in the whole of Britain.

Favourite Find: on a personal level a beautiful late Neolithic to early Bronze Age blade which I recovered whilst excavating at Eliseg’s Pillar. However, you would have to go a long way to beat the Anglo Saxon Kingston Brooch held at Liverpool World Museum for sheer beauty and craftsmanship.

I love archaeology because: it throws light on the ordinary people from the past, it could be my broken pottery being dug up in a few hundred years!
Interesting fact: I once brought the tram system to a halt when working in Norrskoping, Sweden. Who would have thought that pressing the wrong button would have had that much of an effect!

Karen Gavin

Project Assistant

BA (Hons)