The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Archaeological Education

Martin Tuck MCIfA – Senior Projects Manager

Martin originally joined GGAT in 1985, following six years’ military service, and worked for a year as a site assistant excavating the canabae of Roman Caerleon. In 2001 he rejoined the Trust and is currently heading the projects team at ASW.


Following fourteen years working for an engineering, mining, and topographic survey company, working on various construction projects including the Second Severn Crossing and setting out works for housing and factory developments, he maintained an active interest in archaeology and worked on many local sites as a volunteer before undertaking his own research excavation near Caerleon.


He has extensive experience as a field archaeologist and has recently led a team working on 19th century industrial remains at Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil and also at the site of a first century Roman fort at Neath. In addition to traditional fieldwork, Martin has a keen interest in survey and building recording and leads the project work in this area.

Richard M Roberts BA (Hons) - Project Manager

Richard joined the Trust in 1996 from the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Richard is responsible for managing and undertaking landscape and other projects, including Cadw grant-aided work; he has headed the Southeast Wales Industrial Ironworks project for a number of years, and since 2000 has also been heavily involved with the pan-Wales Historic Landscape Characterisation project. He is the author of a number of Historic Landscape Characterisation reports, including the Rhondda, Merthyr Tydfil, Gower, and Blaenavon Historic Landscapes, among others. Since 2003, Richard has headed the Trust’s involvement with the Countryside Council for Wales’ LANDMAP project, and has also acted as an external QA assessor.


Richard has a wide-range of archaeological experience including consultancy, EIA, landscape assessment and ASIDOHL, in addition to excavation work, and has managed major archaeological projects, such as Salubrious Place and the Ffos-y-Fran Reclamation Scheme. His interests are landscape and buildings archaeology, and the archaeology of the early medieval period. Richard has a keen interest in the archaeology and architectural history of the Himalayan regions, and has been involved with Khamaid’s Minyak Cultural Preservation Program in Eastern Tibet.

Paul Jones PCIfA – Senior Illustrator

Paul began working for the Trust as an illustrator in 1987 and by 1992 was promoted to Senior Archaeological Illustrator. Paul continues to be directly responsible for the Illustration Department and all illustrative output ASW.


Pauls main responsibility at ASW is to produce illustration work, which should be at a standard deemed suitable for any published material, whether produced in-house (archaeological client reports) or produced by companies specialising in archaeological articles from short articles in specialist periodicals to monograph editions. The quantities of illustrative material for these works range greatly from a few plans and section drawings to working on (as part of a team) a volume containing several thousand individual illustrations (monograph).

Charlotte James-Martin BA, PG Cert MCIfA - Assistant Project Manager

Charlotte started working for the Trust in 2007 after graduating from Newport University. She began working as a Project Archaeologist on the multi-period but predominately Industrial Ffos-y-fran land reclamation scheme, Merthyr Tydfil. While working for the Trust Charlotte gained a post-graduate certificate in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.


Since joining the Trust Charlotte has built up an extensive knowledge of Industrial archaeology working on sites such as the former Gadlys Ironworks in Aberdare, the Ynys Fach and Cyfarthfa Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil and the extensive Industrial remains at Ffos-y-fran as well as directing excavations at Vulcan House, Merthyr Tydfil, which was the site of an early brewery/iron foundry complex. During this time Charlotte has developed a keen interest in the archaeology of the clay tobacco pipe and is now the Trust’s in-house clay pipe specialist.


Charlotte routinely prepares written schemes of investigation, desk-based assessments, ES Chapters and project designs and undertakes watching briefs and building surveys. Her current commitments include the preparation of numerous post excavation reports which has led to her producing illustrations for publications under the guidance of the Senior Illustrator.

Johnny Crawford BSc MA ACIfA – Assistant Project Manager

Johnny retrained as an archaeologist following 13 years in the Army. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a BSc in Field Archaeology in 2008 before graduating from the University of Bristol in 2009 with an MA in Historical Archaeology of the Modern World.


Johnny joined the Trust in 2010 and has since worked on a number of large excavations including a 1st century Roman fort in Neath, and the Ynysfach Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil. Johnny directed the excavations of the Avon Vale Tinplate works in Port Talbot. Johnny routinely undertakes and reports on archaeological watching briefs and archaeological evaluations and often prepares archaeological written schemes of investigation and desk based assessments.


Johnny is an Associate level member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and has a particular interest in Roman military archaeology, as well as 20th century conflict archaeology. Johnny is a member of the Welsh Conflict Archaeology Advisory Panel (WelCAAP).

Jonathan Burton BA (Hons) MA PCIfA - Project Archaeologist

Jonathan originally joined GGAT in 1987 working on multi-discipline projects at Cosmeston Medieval Village, Penarth, and later at Nantgarw China Works, where he undertook a variety of archaeological, reconstruction, experimental archaeology and conservation work. Jonathan returned to the trust in 1999 after working for a short period in Newport County Council Offices. In 2001 he left the trust to begin his degree at the University of Wales Newport.


Jonathan graduated from University of Wales Newport with BA (Hons) Archaeology and Prehistory in 2004 and with an MA in Historical Landscape Studies in 2006 and is a Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. During his years at university he continued to work for the trust during the summer and supervised the Newport Ship excavation in 2002.


Jonathan also worked for Cotswold Archaeology on numerous projects around the UK, including major strategic infrastructure projects. He rejoined the trust in 2010 and has worked on a number of large-scale excavations, evaluations and long term watching briefs.


His primary archaeological interests include medieval deserted villages, early industrial sites and Second World War sites, in particular aviation related sites and subjects.

Sophie Lewis-Jones BA (Hons) ACIfA – Project Archaeologist

Sophie received her BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Cardiff University in 2010 and worked with GGAT as a Project Archaeologist on the excavation of Roman Fort at Dwr-y-Felin School, Neath. After this she then went to work in Egypt working on the South Asasif project, where she catalogued and photographed artefacts whilst also excavating. In 2011 Sophie then returned to work for the Trust as a Project Archaeologist. Since then she has worked on numerous excavations and has been involved with post-excavation analysis. Sophie has carried out various watching briefs, completed reports, WSI’s and has worked on building recordings.


In 2016 Sophie held a one year secondment position within the GGAT Planning Department, before returning to ASW, bringing with her an in-depth knowledge of the planning sector, current planning processes and laws.


Her primary interests are human osteology including funerary and burial practices, sacrifice, ritual and cannibalism, She also has interests in the archaeology of Egyptian tombs, the Roman presence within Wales and prehistory.

Daria Dobrochna Dabal MA, MA ACIfA– Project Archaeologist (Archaeometallurgy)

Daria graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, whereby she completed her studies choosing two fields of interests: Methods and Theories in Archaeology and Middle Ages in central Europe (2006) and is close to finishing her PhD on medieval iron production technology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland


She joined the Trust as a Project Archaeologist in early 2016 and work on such sites as the Cyfarthfa Park Community Excavation in Merthyr Tydfil


Daria worked as an archaeologist across many sites ranging from 2nd century BC to 17th century AD. The most exciting academic excavations included the “Vampire graves” in Krzyz Wielkopolski (Poland) and the Bronze Age Unietice Culture cemetery in Smiardowo Krajenskie (Poland).


She also worked as an archaeometallurgist, where she dealt with a great number of metallurgical materials from a wide range of locations within the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Daria has experience in post-excavation works, including writing assessment reports and analysis reports, cataloguing archaeological materials, preparing samples for commissioned analytical work, undertaking microscope analysis and interpreting bulk chemical analysis of various archaeometallurgical materials (slags, furnace linings, hammer scales, smithing hearths and ore).

James Toseland BSc (Hons) MA – Project Archaeologist

James Toseland graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a MA in Celtic and Roman Studies in 2004. He initially worked for GGAT as a Project Archaeologist in 2005/06 on the Celtic Manor and Cardiff Castle excavations.


James returned to ASW in 2015 to work on the Industrial excavation at Green Park Port Talbot. He regularly takes on archaeological fieldwork across south Wales and routinely undertakes reports such as archaeological watching briefs.