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Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Principal Investigator- contact for further information about CONCH

Stephanie Wynne-Jones is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of York and has worked on the eastern African coast for nearly 20 years. Stephanie has research interests in urbanism, material culture and the relationship between history and archaeology. These have been pursued through a series of field projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and on the Zanzibar archipelago. From... Read more.'s picture

Paul Lane


Paul Lane is a specialist in the later Holocene archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa. His interests include landscape historical ecology, the archaeology of colonial encounters, the materialisation of memory, maritime archaeology, and the transition to farming in Africa. A former Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, he is... Read more.'s picture

Elinaza Mjema


Elinaza Mjema (PhD) is an archaeologist with research interest on using archaeological approaches to understand the genesis, change and continuity of maritime communities on the western coast of Indian Ocean. While teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam, he has been running field schools of archaeology students from University of Dar es Salaam since 2010. Also, he has trained as underwater... Read more.'s picture

Patricia Hart

Project Director / ArchaeoLink and Collaborator

Patricia founded ArchaeoLink ( because she believe the communities in which archaeologists dig can obtain more benefits, educationally and economically than is currently the norm. Her specific experience enables her to work with researchers and local communities to build successful partnerships. She has lived in several countries, travelled extensively and also speaks... Read more.'s picture

Sarah Fox

Education Specialist - ArchaeoLink

Sarah graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (hons) Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean following this with an MSc Early Hominid Studies. She then worked as a researcher at the university for two years before qualifying as a TEFL teacher. She taught at the University of Tunis for four years and also worked for the British Council and AMIDEAST. She taught in Italy for two years... Read more.'s picture

Rain Robertson

Implementation and Impact Director - ArchaeoLink

Having enjoyed two long-term careers in industry, Rain graduated from Cambridge as a mature student with a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences focusing on Archaeological Sciences and Anthropology. Rain's BA thesis explored the links between climate-driven environmental change during the Holocene and the resourcing strategies of early Mesolithic coastal communities in the Adriatic. She... Read more.'s picture

Dav Smith

Buildings Archaeologist

Dav Smith is an associate lecturer in the Archaeology Department at the University of York. An experienced commercial buildings archaeologist, Dav is also a director of Maybank Buildings Conservation. His research and commercial interests are in the measured survey and analysis of standing historic buildings.'s picture

Nick Pearson

Excavation Coordinator

Nick entered the entertaining world of archaeology when rather than get a summer job as a 14 year old he elected to volunteer as a digger on the Anglo Saxon monastic site at Jarrow in the northeast of England. This year will mark 50 years since he made that choice and apart from an unfortunate diversion involving a University of London law degree, archaeology has been his life. Initially this... Read more.'s picture

Sara Perry

Heritage Training Lead

Sara’s research centres upon the development, circulation and evaluation of analogue and digital media for archaeology and heritage sites and audiences. Sara leads a series of heritage interpretation programmes at archaeological sites around the world: she is Director of the Visualisation Team at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey (; she is a Lead on the EU-... Read more.