Spencer Carter, FSA Scot | Proprietor
Field Archaeologist, Prehistoric Lithics Specialist, Project Manager and Trainer


I’m a freelance commercial field archaeologist, prehistoric stone tool specialist, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot). I was recently Archaeological Project Officer for Breedon Group’s Black Cat North aggregates quarry, Bedfordshire, as well as being involved in other community and commercial projects.

I studied archaeology at Durham in the 1980s and, after an extensive business career, currently research the early prehistory of north-east Yorkshire and Teesside. I was recently chair of the Teesside Archaeological Society, sit on the committee of Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire and the council of RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust, as an advocate for our archaeology, heritage-at-risk and the profession. I am an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).

I am available for field engagements and consultancy about field archaeology projects, lithics analysis and training delivery.

DUlogoHonorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University

citb_logo_310Construction Industry Training Board and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) | Health, Safety and Environment for Managers & Professionals | Full clean UK driving licence

CIfA_SmChartered Institute for Archaeologists | Affiliate Member (Standards Compliance)

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Chartered Accountant | Chipchase Manners, Middlesbrough TS5 6HA

Business and Project Management
Since graduating, I have worked in a variety of international roles for hi-tech global corporations. These include senior management positions in business and sales operations, with substantial business and customer-focused experience in project and change management, budget control, organisational leadership, team building and customer service—a unique suite of skills that complement my archaeological and heritage portfolio.

Archaeology and Heritage
Recent and ongoing engagements include:

  • Archaeological Project Management
    Black Cat North, Bedfordshire | Project Officer for multi-year strip-map-sample at 30ha aggregates quarry (Breedon Group) through to final publlication (2016-17) | In association with Archaeological Research Services Ltd.
  • Field Archaeology and Training
    Lodge Big Dig | Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership with Solstice Heritage (HLF 2016)
    Charting Chipeling | Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire with Solstice Heritage (HLF 2014)
    Street House Loftus Archaeology Project | Annual multi-period excavations (2012–present)
  • Commercial Field Archaeology
    Archaeological Research Services Ltd. | Lanton Quarry, Northumberland (Lafarge Tarmac aggregates extraction 2014)
    Archaeological Research Services Ltd. | Longframlington watching brief (Northumbrian Water sewer pipeline 2014)
  • Lithics Training Workshops
    Community workshop for Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd. (2016)
    Hands On The Past workshop for Kevin Cale Community Archaeology Ltd. | 7–11 yeard olds after-school club (2014)
    Community workshop for Boroughbridge Historical Society | Dog Kennel Lane archaeology project (2014)
  • Community and Voluntary
    Council member of RESCUE–The British Archaeological Trust (2016–present)
    Hon. Editor, Webmaster & Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire (2012–present)
    Chairman of the Teesside Archaeological Society (2012–15)

Research Interests

  • Mesolithic Period | Human-environmental interactions, landscapes, mobility, raw material exploitation, with a focus in northern England and North-east Yorkshire
  • Lithics Analysis | Technology, chaînes opératoires, best-practice recording, interpretation, curation and dissemination
  • Transitions | Epi-Palaeolithic–Early / Late Mesolithic and Mesolithic–Neolithic continuity and change
  • Community and Public Archaeology | Interfaces between academic, public and commercial stakeholders in a digital world
  • Social Media and Web 2.0+ | Relevance, adoption and future potential in the archaeological and heritage sectors

Mesolithic research projects »
Microburin Mesolithic blog »

Skills and Experience | Archaeology and Heritage

  • Attribute-based lithics analysis protocols, multi-period characterisation, report and archive preparation
  • Fieldwork and excavation research design, logistics planning, readiness and execution
  • Training and evangelism across all abilities and age groups, including students and community volunteers
  • Public relations and social media presence, archaeological interpretation, report and periodical editing, exhibition and collateral copy writing
  • Post-excavation specialist analysis coordination, including bio/geo-archaeological and AMS radiocarbon aging

Skills and Experience | Business Management and Operations

  • Cross-functional team leadership
  • Customer relationship management, business development, budget control
  • Business process management and improvement, project and change management, outsourcing and off-shoring

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