Hello there! I’m Peter Schofield, an archaeologist currently employed as a Project Officer by Oxford Archaeology, and working out of their northern office based in Lancaster. I specialise in the field of landscape archaeology and as you can see from the photo in mostly mountainous contexts. I hope to use this blog to highlight some of the places I have been and discoveries made over the years and to update the world with ongoing projects.
I have been slogging my way out in the wild since 2001, for the most part undertaking landscape archaeology projects in northern England and Wales (with a bit in Scotland).
Are you still awake? Not clicked off this page? Good! I shall continue 🙂
In all of that time, as with every other UK archaeologists, I have often been asked the questions ‘Have you found any treasure?’, closely followed by ‘Have you been on Time Team?’, and between gnashed teeth I can honestly say negative to both questions. That is because I look at lumps and bumps on the ground, rarely picking up my trowel in anger to ineffectually prod at the earth. I look for any surface evidence of past human activity that has left tangible archaeological monuments, settlements, field-systems, and in some instances whole landscapes behind. That is mostly not what Joe Public understand as ‘Treasure’ but with a bit of explanation about landscapes that often changes their perception and I get a ‘Wow that sounds like a really interesting job!’.
Hopefully this blog will enlighten people to what is happening out there in my corner of the world.