People in Front of the Lens

The images we see in archaeological publications often don’t include the archaeologists themselves. When they do, the people may have been asked to pose in a certain way and the photograph can feel staged.

Most photographers cannot resist the urge to record what is going on around them. This can provide opportunities to capture not just the archaeology, but also the wider context of the work taking place and some more candid moments with colleagues. 

This selection of photographs offers an insight into the world of the archaeologist. Some of the images are full of movement and energy, as people carry out different tasks such as breaking the ground, trowelling and shovelling. Others show more peaceful moments, with an individual sometimes being caught off-guard.

All serve as reminders that behind every important find is a team of archaeologists.

We had to put bin liners inside our wellies and tie the bin liners round our legs, because the water would regularly get so deep it came over the top of your wellies, then you would squelch around for the rest of the day.

Despite the mud, there was a fantastic team spirit, everyone worked so hard and so well together, I loved it.

Jane McComish - YAT Project Officer
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