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Archaeology for You

Past Participate specialise in delivering high quality research-led heritage investigations. We don’t bid for commercial contracts, so you won’t find us on building sites in cities, or working on sites in the path of motorways or runways. Our passion is in community-led research, whether in villages, farms, national parks or back gardens.

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We are a small organisation of three, each of whom brings experience of community involvement and public engagement with archaeological research. The two founders, Jim Rylatt and Anne Teather, have collectively over 50 years’ experience in archaeology that encompasses fieldwork, commercial archaeology, academic research and teaching, and museum archives. We have worked together on large research excavations, training students and volunteers of all ages and abilities for over two decades. Jim is trained to Master’s level in Landscape Archaeology and Anne holds a PhD in British prehistoric archaeology and has taught formally in Higher Education. With our collaboration with Dr Hayley Roberts whose expertise is in community archaeology practices, we have the ideal team to take community archaeology forward. Our combined skill set, and wide contacts within the archaeological profession, mean that we have the experience and aptitude to develop engaging community archaeology that is of outstanding quality.

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"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done"

Thomas Jefferson


Would you like to talk to us or maybe just sign up for our newsletter? Please get in touch if you think you might like to be involved in our projects, or if you have a professional or academic inquiry. For example, we can provide students with training in fieldwork techniques, or advice for outreach within an academic project.

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