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Matt Nicholas

Hello, my name is Matt Nicholas and I'm an archaeologist. I recently finished a PhD at Cardiff University on the analysis of early Anglo-Saxon non-ferrous metals excavated from a group of cemeteries in Suffolk. I grew up in a town called Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. With sites like Creswell Crags and Roche Abbey on my doorstep becoming an archaeologist was an occupational hazard of childhood. I was lucky enough to get my first job excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Whitby Abbey before studying for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford (2000-4). After my undergraduate studies I worked in commercial archaeology for a few years (in locations from Suffolk to Sudan) before studying for an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Material at UCL (2007-8). I then proceeded to spend two years employed at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (where I didn't stab myself with a poisoned arrow and only broke one object). I don’t like pickled beetroot. All posts, comments etc. represent my own personal musings, and are not representative of any past or current professional affiliations.
Matt Nicholas has written 10 posts for Cosmeston Archaeology

Conservation at Cardiff

What happens to artefacts after they are excavated? Some, such as pot sherds and animal bone, are washed and catalogued straight away. Other objects (particularly those made of metal, wood, textile or animal skins) are too delicate to be handled immediately and need careful conservation before they can be studied. At Cosmeston this work is undertaken by staff and … Continue reading

A chance to get your hands dirty: The Neolithic Landscape of Tinkinswood

The Cardiff University summer season of excavations has drawn to a close as the new academic year approaches. There are, however, plenty of other opportunities to get your hands dirty in South Wales. One new project which looks particularly exciting is the CADW community project at Tinkinswood: Cadw are working in partnership with Archaeology Wales, the local community, with local … Continue reading

Back to The Future at Green Man Festival 2011

Are you off to the Green Man Festival this weekend?  If so, between stunning sets by the likes of Fleet Foxes and The Antlers, you should visit the amazing Cardiff University Archaeology stand in Einstein’s Garden! This stall, named Back to The Future, will: …focus on three main interactive themes: Future Animals, an art-based workshop examining our relationship with animals … Continue reading

Day of Archaeology 2011: Cosmeston round up

29th July 2011, what day was it? No, not Friday, Friday, but the Day of Archaeology 2011: Yesterday was the inaugural Day of Archaeology, a project conceived by Lorna Richardson (UCL PhD student) and Matt Law (Cardiff PhD student and commercial archaeologist). The project, designed to give a window into the daily lives of archaeologists, had over 400 contributors chronicling … Continue reading

Moonlighting for Time Team

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days. The Cosmeston web team has been moonlighting for Time Team on a copper works in Swansea. Although the 2011 excavations at Cosmeston are over, worry not. We will be back to full steam at the start of next week as post excavation work begins! In … Continue reading

Limpin’ Limpets & Other Stories

And should the strongest arm endeavour, The limpet from its rock to sever, Tis seen its loved support to clasp, With such tenacity of grasp, We wonder that such strength should dwell, In such a small and simple shell, (Wordsworth) On childhood holidays limpets fascinated; that these small, extraordinarily tough things were creatures seemed incredible. … Continue reading

Getting Medieval! Today!

Yes folks, our fun, FREE, family archaeology and medieval activity weekend is here! From 10:00am – 4:00pm this Saturday and Sunday the Cosmeston excavation and reconstructed village are open to all, with music, medieval fighting and archaeological artefacts to handle. For details on the event please see our website and the Cardiff University events page. If you can’t … Continue reading

There Can Be Only One…

Shovelling is an important skill for archaeologists to gain; learning not to swivel your back, the importance of looking speedy when a supervisor passes by and the ability not to over/undershoot the barrow. Lessons in this at the Cardiff University excavation at Cosmeston lead to debates about who was the best shoveller. A debate which … Continue reading

Extra! Extra! The Curious Case of the Ram: Part 2

The green glazed rams head vessel which we first bought you the news of on Sunday and updated you on the frustrations of sticking together yesterday, has been the subject of a news story from the Cardiff University News Centre and the BBC. Cardiff University News reported that: A pottery vessel dating back to the 13th Century has been found by University archaeologists … Continue reading

Cloudbursts and Audio-Visual Archaeology

Archaeologists sometimes love rain. The hot dry weather of the last few days meant that features became hard to spot as the ground cracked and turned to dust. After today’s damp start, however, features are suddenly popping up all over the place. We will, as usual, bring you the full low down on what we … Continue reading

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A working shot of the 1980s excavation in the lower area of Cosmeston

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Day of Archaeology 2011

Cosmeston contributed to Day of Archaeology 2011. Click through to see our posts!

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