snipped nicky digging

An early enthusiasm for archaeology


Having developed an  interest in archaeology from a young age (!),  I am an independent archaeological small finds researcher, having spent 27 years doing the role at York Archaeological Trust, and I would be very pleased to hear from you if you are in need of someone to assess and research your small finds. Please have a look at my pages to see what services I offer and a selection of publications that I have written or contributed to.

As a member of the Artefact Research Department at York Archaeological Trust,  I was responsible for assessing, cataloguing, researching and publishing small finds of all materials, including all metals, glass, jet, amber, animal bone and antler. Although my main areas of expertise cover the post Roman to late medieval periods, I have also worked on finds from Roman right through to the post medieval both from York and elsewhere in Britain. As an individual, and as a member of a team, I have managed several post excavation projects; I have also written and contributed to a number of popular publications, and initiated and written up small finds based articles. For many years I taught sessions on the identification of small finds to students and trainees, and I have – very occasionally – contributed to TV programmes. I left York Archaeological Trust in April 2015 to set up as a freelance specialist, since when my clients have included Archaeological Solutions, Northern Archaeological Associates,  Border Archaeology, Archaeology Warwickshire, Trent and Peak Archaeology, Phoenix Archaeology, John Moore Heritage Services, On Site Archaeology, LS Archaeology, and York University.

I have a B.A in Archaeology and History from Southampton University awarded in 1982, and I gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Leicester University in 1985. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)