Here in Farnham, we benefit from having a particularly skilled and experienced set of archaeological and museum specialists, all living locally, who have come together to make Finding Farnham the truly community-led project that it is.

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Living in Wrecclesham with her family, Dr Anne Sassin currently serves on the committee of the Surrey Archaeological Society and the Council for British Archaeology South-East, and lectures part-time at Canterbury Christ Church University and Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education on medieval archaeology. Though her research spans from the Scottish Highlands to South Wales, she has a particular interest in the local archaeology of Surrey, as well as heritage and outreach programmes (asassinallen@gmail.com).

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Undoubtedly Farnham’s most experienced and knowledgeable archaeologist, David Graham is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a past president of the Surrey Archaeological Society, with over 40 years experience of running excavations in both Surrey and Hampshire (k.graham@virgin.net).

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Having many years background as an archaeologist herself, Sophie Smith currently serves as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Farnham (Sophie.Smith@farnhammaltings.com).

 

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As curator at the Museum of Farnham, Liz May has several years of experience with the local history and heritage of the town (Liz.May@farnhammaltings.com).

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Neil and his young family live in Farnham and it was this project last year that got his archaeological journey started. He is now a member of the Surrey Archaeological Society and is hoping he can inspire the next generation to join him on his quest to learn more about his home town and country (neil.j.merryweather@gmail.com).

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Mike lives in Farnham, has been involved in archaeology for over 15 years and excavated on many archaeology projects from the Orkney, Hampshire and Kent, to Somerset and Rome.  He is a graduate in archaeology from Winchester University and currently a PhD applicant there training to be an medieval archaeological pottery specialist (mikedbrace@yahoo.co.uk).

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Also a local resident, Dr Martyn Allen is currently employed as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Reading on the Roman Rural Settlement Project, with many years background on sites across Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex. Trained as a zooarchaeologist, he provides the project with engaging hands-on bone workshops, as well as consultation on any animal remains which are found (martyn.allen80@gmail.com).

Additional thanks must be made to previous years’ supervisors: Anne Lea, Ian Barefoot and Chris Hayward. Without their patience and expertise, excavations would not have run nearly as smoothly.