Dr Rachel Wood

Freelance Archaeologist

About Me


Personal Info

Name: Rachel Wood
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Contact: The quickest way to get hold of me is to use the contact form below – honestly, it really is!

About Myself

I have a PhD in Archaeology and my thesis focused on the investigation of the landscape around the Romano-British Crambeck pottery industry in North Yorkshire.

I have good experience in managing archaeological excavations and surveys, hold a current CSCS card and am qualified to work on construction sites. I also have a current UK drivers licence and my own transport. I am a member of CIfA.


Sample Experience

PASt Landscapes Project

Excavation Assistant Supervisor, Geophysics Manager and Roman Pottery Specialist

2013 - Present

I have been a member of the PASt Landscapes team since the beginning of the project. We are proud to be affiliated with the British Museum, Salisbury Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Oxford University amongst other organisations.

The project focuses on the investigation of a large area of landscape in Wiltshire. My roles involve managing the geophysical surveys for the project, teaching a geophysical field-school, acting as a Roman Pottery specialist analysing the assemblages acquired through excavation, and acting as an assistant excavation supervisor during the summer field-school. Our recent focus has been on a late Roman shrine and its environs which has yielded complex and interesting results both through survey and excavation.

Teffont Archaeology Project

Roman Pottery Specialist and Geophysics Manager

2013 - Present

I joined the Teffont project in 2013 as the geophysics manager. This has been a rewarding experience and, running along side the PASt Landscapes Project, has allowed me to greater expand my experience with archaeological survey.

My responsibilities include teaching the volunteers during the survey field-school and together we have covered many miles of survey! I also act as a Roman Pottery specialist for the project, analysing assemblages recovered from excavation. As a result of these roles I produce specialist reports for the project director.

Crambeck Archaeology Project (PhD Research)


2012 - 2016

This was the core of my PhD research, my thesis title being ‘Late Romano-British Pottery Production in Context: The Crambeck Ware Industry and its Landscape Setting’. I conducted, with the help of student volunteers, several geophysical surveys throughout the Crambeck landscape.

I also undertook a two–week excavation with sixteen student volunteers. This was the first excavation to be conducted on the Jamie’s Craggs Crambeck kiln site for 90 years and was undertaken with the kind support of English Heritage. I managed the excavation on site as well as the post-excavation process, conducting the pottery analysis and sending other artefacts to relevant specialists.

I also enjoyed creating the final reports for this excavation, piecing together all the separate pieces of analysis. This project resulted in the discovery of several new features in the landscape and made a considerable contribution not only to the understanding of this industry but also to the approaches used in the study of pottery industries.

Undergraduate Fieldschool, University of York – Malton Roman Fort and Vicus

Excavation and Finds Processing Supervisor

2016 and 2017 Seasons

My responsibilities to this project were in the first instance to supervise the excavation of one of three trenches. I had a group of ten students to teach and the excavation took place over three weeks. the project worked in conjunction with Operation Nightingale. I had the pleasure of teaching some of the members in my trench over the duration of the dig. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and the challenge of some complicated stratigraphy in the vicus. I was also responsible for teaching the students about the finds processing as part of the post-excavation phase. I am looking forward to continuing in my role with this project in 2017.

My Skills

Personal Skills

  • Team Oriented
  • Flexible
  • Diligent
  • Reliable
  • Personal Integrity
  • Positive Work Ethic
  • Great Communicator
  • Detailed
  • Responsible
  • Sense of Humour

Work Summary







Professional Skills

  • Archaeological Excavation
  • Project Management
  • Analytic Reports
  • Roman Pottery Analysis
  • Geophysical Survey and Analysis


Geophysical Survey



University of East Angia

Bachelors Degree - History

University of York

Masters Degree - Field Archaeology

University of York

Phd - Archaeology
2012 - 2016

Sample Pottery Report

Contact me

Want to Work with Me?

The quickest way to get hold of me is to use this form – honestly, it really is!

Let me know who you and give me as much detail as possible about your requirements, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I am always happy to discuss opportunities to contribute to the ongoing success of your project.

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