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For the eagle-eyed, a carved stone block comprising a six-petal rosette* can be seen in the gable-end of one of the houses at Flamborough, Yorkshire in the BBC television series, ‘Villages By The Sea.’.
It would appear that the carved stone block had been recovered from an older building and then incorporated into the gable end of the house to provide protection for the building. The re-use of dressed or decorative stone in later buildings is not uncommon and it is clear that it is of a different order of the stone (mainly chalk used in most of these buildings) to the other courses.
I am an archaeologist with over twenty years of experience. After a decade or so working as a volunteer on excavations in the 1990’s, I undertook my degree in Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. In the last year of my degree I helped to supervise the university’s annual excavations.
Directly after my exams I began my career in Commercial Archaeology as a Field Archaeologist with Oxford Archaeology and remained there for four years. Anticipating a career in archaeology in France I volunteered on excavations at Rom and at Prisse-la-Charriere, Niort (for Poitiers & Rennes University respectively). In due course I worked for the States’ premier scientific organization, I.N.R.A.P. (Institut Nationale des Récherches Archéologiques Préventives) as well as for a number of private companies.
I returned to the UK in 2013 and resumed my role as a Supervisor, undertaking projects around Oxfordshire with John Moore Heritage Services before moving to London in 2014.
I now undertake Historic Building Surveys and supervise urban excavations in the City of London as well as overseeing rural excavations in surrounding Sussex, Surrey & Kent.
BA Hons (Archaeology)
ACIfA (Associate Member, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)
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