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Matt Town

Senior Project Officer

In summer 2012 we were happy to welcome Matt Town to our team, who joined us from Wardle Armstrong Archaeology (previously North Pennine Archaeology). Matt is now an NAA Senior Project Officer with responsibilities for landscape survey, consultancy and fieldwork. Having previously been based at the Nenthead Heritage Museum, he brings to our team a wealth of industrial heritage experience, as well as specialist skills in fieldwork management and community training and excavation.

Matt has over seventeen years of experience in archaeology, working on both commercial and research excavation and surveys, as well as in heritage consultancy. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1995 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory and stayed on to complete an MA in Landscape Archaeology and has since worked on a wide variety of sites throughout England and southern Scotland, covering most periods. He has a particular interest in British prehistoric and the post-medieval period, as well as industrial archaeology. He has specialist technical skills in excavation; photography; measured survey; landscape survey; CAD illustration; post-excavation reporting, and publication and is trained in working within Confined Spaces, as defined by Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. Matt is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA).

Since 1995, Matt has worked on a wide range of projects across the country, and even spent some time on commercial excavations in Italy. He has undertaken desk-based assessments, evaluations, excavations, watching briefs, landscape surveys and building recording projects, working closely with architects and planners. He is familiar with practices across a range of sectors, including major urban regeneration schemes; civil engineering projects; renewable energy projects, and mineral extraction.

As a Senior Project Officer with NAA, Matt is responsible for desk-based assessments and reports on the historic environment for inclusion into Environmental Scoping reports and Environmental Statements as part of the EIA process. He also works with the consultancy team, providing advice on development, conservation and management of the historic environment, in addition to the management and co-ordination of landscape and condition surveys.

Matt is just about to embark on a range of surveys in the Yorkshire Dales, including work for the Yorkshire Peat Partnership at Nidderdale and Raydale, and a survey of Grassington Moor commissioned by the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Keep an eye out for project updates from Matt on all of these in the near future.