Introduction

I am an archaeologist, filmmaker, photographer, and musician. These pages give you a flavour of the work I do as an archaeologist and as a filmmaker and photographer.

My career as an archaeologist has so far taken me from studying at Liverpool, to working in Southampton and York, to collaborating with archaeologists in Europe and beyond, leading tours in St Petersburg, and lecturing in China. I lead walks and give talks on many aspects of the archaeology and history of York and beyond. Appointed in 1989, I was the first archaeologist employed by City of York Council. I retired in 2019 and I am now active as an independent archaeologist and archaeological consultant.

In my creative work outside archaeology I often work collaboratively with other artists, particularly as a member of Geodesic Arts. I have a long-standing friendship and creative collaboration with artist Benedict Phillips. I have made films for and with Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society, Kane Cunningham, Dr Paul Elsam on a range of subjects from watercolour painting to aspects of the history and archaeology of York.

I am a Director of Big Ideas By The Sea CIC, and with Kane Cunningham and other collaborators will organise Scarborough's first festival of ideas, Big Ideas By the Sea, in May 2021. As part of Big Ideas By The Sea I have organised the Scarborough Big Dig-ital, a unique online community archaeology event that took place in May 2020.

I write and perform songs with The Corncraykes, a group of musicians pulled together by me and my musical collaborator Jane Corncrayke.

On twitter, you can follow my archaeological thoughts - @yorkarchaeology - or my non-archaeological musings - @bellevuestudio.
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