Richard James

Research Interests

  • The historical development of designed and industrial landscapes
  • The archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval agricultural history
  • Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology (particularly military and ecclesiastical aspects)
  • Archaeology of South-East England and North-West Wales

Professional Skills

  • Historic Landscape Characterisation and Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Desk-based assessment
  • Timber Recording
  • Archaeological Surveying
  • Archaeological Project Management
  • Direction of archaeological excavations


  • 1991, BA Archaeology & Medieval History, , University of Wales

Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

  • Associate Member, Institute of Field Archaeologists
  • Cambrian Archaeological Association
  • Society for Medieval Archaeology
  • Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • Society for Landscape Studies
  • Royal Archaeological Institute

Career Summary

  • 1997-present - Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East
  • 1995-1997 - Assistant Field Officer, Archaeology South-East
  • 1995 - Site Assistant, Gifford Archaeological Service, Chester
  • 1994-1995 - Site Assistant, Essex County Council Field Archaeology Group
  • 1993-1994 - Archaeological Assistant, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Key Landscape Projects

  • A24 Horsham-Capel & Ashington-Southwater Improvements:
    Environmental Impact Assessment of major road scheme
  • Appuldurcombe Estate, Isle of Wight:
    historic landscape survey of 18th century landscape park
  • Cissbury Ring, Findon, West Sussex:
    major historic landscape survey of multi-period downland landscape (National Trust)
  • Cuckmere Estuary, E. Sussex:
    historic landscape survey of medieval and post-medieval marshland innings and Second World War defences (National Trust)
  • East Hampshire District:
    historic environment component of Landscape Character Assessment (Land Use Consultants)
  • Eridge Park, Crowborough, E. Sussex:
    historic landscape survey of medieval deer park and 18th-19th century landscape park
  • Hastings Country Park:
    major historic landscape survey of multi-period coastal landscape (Hastings Borough Council)
  • Little Cheyne Court, Kent:
    desk-based assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment of large area of Walland Marsh
  • Pett Level, E. Sussex:
    desk-based assessment of coastal strip and survey of 18th century harbour works (Halcrow/Environment Agency)
  • Ropetackle, Shoreham, W. Sussex:
    desk-based assessment of historic waterfront
  • Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent:
    historic landscape survey of medieval and later estate (National Trust)
  • South Downs National Park:
    historic environment component, including historic landscape characterisation, of major Landscape Character Assessment of designated national park (Land Use Consultants)
  • Stanmer House, E. Sussex:
    desk-based assessment of 18th century mansion
  • Titan Sheds, Chilworth, Surrey:
    desk-based assessment of nationally important post-medieval gunpowder works

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