Senior Archaeologist (Roman finds), Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Getting plastered at the amphitheatre

I am a Senior Archaeologist with Cheshire West and Chester’s Historic Environment Team, specialising in Roman pottery and building materials from the North West and North Wales. My daily journey to work takes me along the walkway through Chester’s Roman amphitheatre and I pass by this panel detailing the ‘Discovery and Excavation’ of the site every morning.

Chester Amphitheatre panel

Chester Amphitheatre panel

Today I shall continue to assess the boxes of post-medieval plaster from the most recent excavations at the amphitheatre, carried out between 2004 and 2006. I’ll recommend that the plaster be sent to a period specialist for analysis. There have been some interesting moulded pieces of fine white plaster, possibly from a ceiling cornice. I also analysed the Roman plaster from the site and it is interesting to compare the same type of building material from two very different periods.

Post-medieval plaster from Chester amphitheatre

Post-medieval plaster from Chester amphitheatre

I shall also spend some time working on an Historic England funded project to ‘secure the future of Chester’s archaeological archive’, the first stage of which began this month. The project focusses on the archives of a number of sites from the city, excavated between 1970 and 1990, with the ultimate aim of creating a fully accessible research resource of major significance.

My day (29 June) will end with an evening out with friends and colleagues – a fine way to start the weekend.