Time Team archaeologist joins Chester

Posted on 25th February 2009
An archaeologist from Channel 4's Time Team has joined the University of Chester's Department of History and Archaeology as a Visiting Research Associate.

Faye Simpson, who previously worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Museum of London, will combine her new role with the completion of a PhD at the University of Exeter into the efficacy of community archaeology in the UK and USA.

Faye, who will continue to work alongside Tony Robinson and colleagues on the popular Channel 4 series, has recently co-authored an article for the international peer-reviewed journal, Public Archaeology, with the University's Dr Howard Williams, assessing the role and effectiveness of community archaeology projects.

As part of her new role, Faye is using Chester as a case study for her research, analysing the Grosvenor Park archaeology project in which University students have been participating.

Faye is one of three new honorary appointments in the Department of History and Archaeology. Dr Eva Th├Ąte, who has also been appointed as a Visiting Research Associate, is an early medieval archaeologist with expertise on the reuse of prehistoric monuments in Viking Scandinavia. Her work has been published with support from the Swedish Royal Academy.

Freelance Archaeologist, Dr Martin Rundkvist, has been appointed Visiting Research Fellow. Martin has an established international research profile in the archaeology of the later Iron Age and Viking period in Scandinavia, and he collaborated with Dr Howard Williams on fieldwork conducted at Viking Age high-status burial sites in southern Sweden in 2005 and 2006.