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Dominic Powlesland

Dominic Powlesland has been deeply committed to archaeology ever since he joined a local excavation in Colchester at the age of 11. By the age of 16, he was engaged on projects in Winchester, and, soon after, in York. As Director of the Landscape Research Centre, he has run an extended programme of survey and excavation in the Vale of Pickering at West Heslerton. Running now for more than 30 years, the Heslerton project has no parallels anywhere else in Britain and, indeed, the world. Dominic and his small team had to develop an entirely original approach; from the use of large scale geophysics to the development of original analytical software, has now been widely adopted by many agencies around the world. It is also now available on Google Earth, where the data are being made freely open to all. What makes Dominic’s work all the more remarkable is that it has been as much about the contemporary landscape as the past. For over 30 years he has taken great pains to involve local communities, and to bridge the unhelpful gap between commercially funded archaeology and academic research.