Joanne Kirton

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As Project Manager I am responsible for acquiring funding, planning, implementation and reporting of multiple archaeological and heritage projects. The types of projects vary from commercial undertakings to community focused research ventures and the curation of temporary museum exhibitions. Daily, I have a number of varied responsibilities, including working with stakeholders and volunteers, costing, organising, managing and delivering projects.

Prior to Big Heritage I have spent the last 10 years working on survey and excavation projects at sites in the UK and Europe. I have also been a Visiting Lecturer specialising in teaching practical archaeology and the history of the discipline to undergraduate students.

I have a first-class honours degree in Archaeology and a Masters in Historical Archaeology from Durham University. I have recently completed my doctorate in archaeology at the University of Chester, exploring the early medieval sculpture and landscape of Cheshire. I have recently published a co-edited volume on the same topic and taken on the role of co-Director of the Bamburgh Research Project and Research Associate at the University of Chester.

On the rare occasion I have any time off (!), I enjoy travelling, reading, brewing real ale and spending time with friends and family.

Favourite Historic Site/Monument: I have two. The first is Bamburgh Castle on the stunning Northumberland Coast and the second is a little-known early medieval stone sculpture on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border in the shadow of Shutlingsloe Hill.

Favourite Find: The first artefact I ever found was a medieval floor tile with a dogs footprint on the reverse. That was a pretty memorable introduction to archaeology.

Joanne Kirton BA MA PhD ACIfA

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