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    Rupert formed Past to Present Archaeology in 2019. He graduated from Southampton University with a Master’s degree in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Human Origins, and now undertakes a PhD at University of Leicester researching the Lower to Middle Palaeolithic transition in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Rupert has extensive knowledge of archaeology across the East Midlands, East Anglia and the Caucasus, and is also a lithics specialist, with a keen interest in the Palaeolithic period across Britain and Europe.

Rupert Birtwistle

BA (Hons) MA ACIfA

Company Director

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    Hazel has been an archaeologist since 2018, with experience in commercial and community archaeology. She particularly loves the Anglo-Saxon period. Her passion is in historic building surveys in which she has a Master’s degree. For her dissertation, Hazel delved into the topic of conservation of Lincolnshire Tower Mills. Outside of work Hazel is a lover of science-fiction novels and movies. She enjoys outdoor pursuits such as exploring historic sites.

Hazel Taylor

BA (Hons) MSc

Project Supervisor

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    Callum has been involved in archaeology since 2016, with three years’ experience in commercial. His main interest is in Romano British archaeology and he studied Roman Coloniae in the UK for his dissertation. Callum has a particular interest in aerial drone photography, photogrammetry and QGIS. Away from the field Callum has many and varied leisure interests, he enjoys cycling, football, and music.

Callum Warr

BA (Hons)

Project Supervisor

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    Mattie is a Masters graduate from the University of Liverpool, graduating with a Merit in Archaeology. His Archaeological interests are Mesopotamian writing systems and cultures and the Neolithic of the Levant, specifically looking at the Sumerian Ur III period in modern day Iraq and the earlier Natufian period in the Levant. He enjoys relaxing with his cat Loki and his favourite drink is Peach Tea.

Mattie Bennett

BA (Hons) MA

Project Archaeologist

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    Lara graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in archaeology. She has been working in commercial archaeology for a year and a half and working for Past to Present for the last 3 months. She has worked on many kinds of sites from neolithic ones to post medieval and has worked on small housing developments to large infrastructure projects. Her main area of interest is in palaeolithic archaeology and human evolution but enjoys all types of archaeology.

Lara Cook

BA (Hons)

Project Archaeologist

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    Ruth graduated from York in 2014 with a BSc in Archaeology, during which she had the amazing opportunity to excavate chulpas (above ground tombs) in Peru. After graduating, she worked at English Heritage for a year before moving to London to complete her MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Archaeology at UCL. After graduating in 2016, she found herself four years in retail and on a pharmacy counter before archaeology started calling to her once again. She has since hit the ground running with Past to Present and hasn’t looked back! Outside of work, Ruth loves nothing more than knitting, crocheting, baking, more crafting (basically, your stereotypical granny).

Ruth Tipton

BSc (Hons) MSc

Project Archaeologist

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    Tom joined Past to Present after recently graduating from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Archaeology, during which time he took part in several field-schools, including Bradgate Park, Irchester, and Castle Hill, Leicester. He has built up a knowledge of Leicestershire’s history and archaeology through independent research, with aims to specialise in the medieval ceramics of the Midlands. Tom spends his time working on the Grace Dieu Estate, including fieldwalking, metal-detecting and conservation work at the Grace Dieu Priory, where he is a trustee.

Tom Clayton

BSc (Hons)

Project Archaeologist

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    Kezia has been involved in archaeology since 2015 and recently graduated in BA Archaeology and Ancient History from Cardiff University at the top of her class.  During her degree she undertook modules in a wide variety of archaeological disciplines; from illustration, to forensics, to museums collections management. She also spent her summer gaining experience in flotation sampling prior to joining Past to Present. She specialised in Roman Studies, taking part in trial trenching at Durobrivae Roman Town in 2019 before writing her dissertation on colonialist interpretations of the Roman empire and its impact on modern British racism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cross-stitching and reading.

Kezia Kirtland

BA (Hons)

Trainee Archaeologist

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Joshua Cattermole

BSc (Hons)

Trainee Archaeologist

Robbie Mabbett

BSc (Hons)

Trainee Archaeologist

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    Emma joined Past to Present Archaeology in 2021. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 with a Masters degree in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology and went on to undertake doctoral research focusing on an archaeothanatological approach to assessing burials dating to the late Anglo-Saxon period. Emma has also undertaken a reassessment of a skeletal collection held at Nottingham Castle museum.

Dr. Emma Green

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Volunteer Specialist