Gail Falkingham of the North Yorkshire Historic Environmental Record Office, whose support for the excavation was essential to gain funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, specifically requested that we include Chris when planning the Dig to ensure we capture the maximum amount of information from this highly productive site.
Chris who is based in Sheffield is an independent pottery specialist whose principle areas of interest include late prehistoric, medieval, post medieval and recent pottery, archaeological ethics, social theory and its application to archaeology. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1981 and later studied for his PhD at the same university (1986 - 1991). Since 1991 he has worked extensively in north-east England, Europe and the Middle East. He was visiting Monk Fryston for the first time.
He commented that this was a very exciting project as the location offered the scope to carry out an extensive excavation potentially generating finds from the entire 900 year target period, all of which would be valuable in developing our understanding of the trade routes, local activities and social development of Fryston. He promised to return to help us sort and identify our finds.
As soon as we know when Chris will be attending we will post it on this website as this is a great opportunity to learn from a widely recognised and acknowledged expert in his field of work.
The excavation starts on Monday 15th June.