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The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) can provide expert help and advice with the management of historic and archaeological sites and landscapes. We have particular expertise in interpretation, training, documentation, cultural heritage policy and management planning.

Our Values

The CAA has a holistic approach to heritage and believes in community-wide involvement in protecting and managing the historic environment. We are committed to ethical and sustainable approaches to enhance the capacity of communities to benefit from their local historic and archaeological sites.

We believe in:

  • Undertaking research to the highest professional and academic standards
  • Participation and involvement 
  • Integrated management that really benefits local communities

The CAA is committed to the transfer of expertise and skills. We subscribe to the codes of conduct of the Institute for Archaeologists and the World Archaeological Congress.

CAA Staff

In addition to its core staff, CAA also benefits from the diversity of expertise of Institute of Archaeology’s academics, from experience of Archaeology South-East staff, and also from wide range of UCL researchers and freelance consultants associated with CAA.


Dominic Perring (PhD) - the director of CAA and ASE

Dominic Perring

Dominic has had a long and diverse career in the field of Archaeology, holding positions in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked for a number of key archaeological organisations including the Cooperativa Archeologica Lombarda, Milan (1982-1985, Director of Excavations), English Heritage (1990-1995, Head of Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service), AOC Archaeology Ltd.(1995-1998, Executive Director), and also held Academic positions at the University of York (1998-2004, Lecturer in Archaeology), as Visiting Professor to American University of Beirut (and is 1999-2000). Dominic currently co-ordinates a number of courses within the IoA and lectures on Urban Archaeology; his research interests include the origins and nature of urban society, Archaeology of the Roman provinces (especially Britain & Syria) and Cultural Resource Management in UK and Middle-East.

For full list of academic publications and researc interests, please visit UCL staff page.


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Gai Jorayev (PhD), Senior Heritage Management Consultant and Project Manager

Gaigysyz Jorayev

Gaygysyz Jorayev completed his MA degree in Managing Archaeological Sites and then his PhD research on Heritage and Nation Building at the Institute of Archaeology. He worked with CAA as an associate for several years before joining the core team in 2012. Gai is a specialist on management and modern use of heritage, and he is experienced in working in the developing countries of the world. He also participated and managed projects in documentation of the sites and monuments, exhibition design and interpretation, education and public outreach. Gaigysyz manages some of the ongoing CAA projects and works on developing new international projects.

Gai also leads the aerial photography research with the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

For academic profile, please visit UCL staff page.


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Hilary Orange (PhD), Senior Archaeologist and Research Associate

Hilary Orange

Hilary completed her MA in Public Archaeology (2006) and then her PhD research on Public Perception of Cornish Mining Landscapes at UCL Institute of Archaeology (2012). Following post-doctoral research on public engagement in commercial archaeology she joined the core team in 2013. Hilary has twenty years experience of working in public/community archaeology and arts and has facilitated, evaluated and managed a number of cultural engagement projects and public-facing events. She is a qualified teacher, has lectured in archaeology and has worked within the museum sector.  Hilary leads on public engagement and works alongside the CAA team fundraising for heritage related projects.


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Isa Benedetti-Whitton, Project Assistant

Isa Benedetti-Whitton

Isa received her MA (Hons) in History of Art from Edinburgh University in 2011 and graduated from UCL with an MA in Archaeology in 2013. Her research interests include art and archaeology of the Roman World, archaeology and colonialism, site management and fieldwork. The subject of her MA dissertation was ‘Female Identity in Roman London’, for which she won the Bryan Clauson prize for Roman archaeology. Isa is currently working as a project assistant for the CAA in tandem with a research associate position for Rebanks Consulting, conducting research into management guidance and sustainable tourism at World Heritage Sites.


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Principal Consultants


Sarah Wolferstan, Principal Consultant for Heritage Management and Policy

Sarah has 15 years of professional experience that can be grouped into three areas; Heritage Management, training and policy advice (Council of Europe, The Drury McPherson Partnership, UCL’s Centre for Applied Archaeology) and fundraising and project management in international development and environmental sustainability (United Nations World Food Program, International Organisation of Migration, Global Action Plan). She worked as Project Manager for the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology before becoming a freelance consultant. Sarah works very closely with the core CAA team on several projects on cultural heritage management.


Professor Clifford Price, Principal Consultant for Conservation

Clifford Price is Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Conservation at University College London (UCL). He trained as a chemist at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and worked first at the Building Research Establishment on the conservation of historic buildings and ancient monuments.  In 1983 he was appointed head of the Ancient Monuments Laboratory with English Heritage, and in 1990 he moved to the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. His research has been concerned primarily with the decay and conservation of stone. He has been involved in the conservation of several English cathedrals and has undertaken consultancies at sites around the world, including the Osireion at Abydos, Egypt; Petra in Jordan; petroglyphs at Caguana in Puerto Rico; and Niuheliang, Liaoning Province, China. He retired from UCL in 2007.


Chris Hudson, Principal Consultant Heritage Interpretation and Museum Design

Chris has a wide experience in the field of Museum and Site Interpretation. He began his career at the British Museum Design Office, after which he gained specific experience in Archaeological Site Interpretation in South America. Recent work has included projects for English Heritage (including Interpretation Advisor to the Stonehenge Project), Museum of London and the National Trust (Sutton Hoo). Chris is director of Chris Hudson Designs and also teaches on the Public Archaeology Course at the IoA.


Professor Henry Cleere, Principal Consultant Heritage Management and World Heritage

Henry has had extensive and varied career, beginning in the iron and steel industry (including a position with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)). Following this Henry was Director of the Council for British Archaeology (1974-1991); during this time he gained his PhD from the IoA, and was a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) (1981-1990). He then became a consultant to ICOMOS & professional adviser on cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2002-2005), a World Heritage Consultant to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China (2002-2005) and an Honorary Professor in Archaeological Heritage Management at the IoA (1998-2007).


Mike Corbishley, Principal Consultant Archaeology and Education

After a varied career including a stint at a secondary schools teacher (1966-77) and an Education Officer for the Council for British Archaeology (1977-84), Mike starting working for English Heritage where he became Head of the Education (1988-2003), and later Head of Education and Interpretation (1997-1999). In 2003 Mike became an Honorary Lecturer, teaching postgraduate heritage education option at the Institute of Archaeology. His research interests include outreach projects in education, Archaeology and world national curricula and Archaeological literature for children. He has also been involved with the Ancient Merv Project, Turkmenistan.


Kirsty Norman, Principal Consultant for Heritage Management

Kirsty began her career as an Archaeological Conservator at the British Museum following which she became involved in a variety of projects in Bahrain, the UAE, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Turkey and Hong Kong (1986-2003), including a position as an UNESCO Consultant in archaeological conservation and collections management, Kuwait . In 2004 Kirsty returned to the UK to undertake an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites at the IoA, and has since worked as a consultant and project manager on a number of assignments including the WHS Nomination of Wear and Jarrow, Management planning for the Silk Road serial WHS nomination and the Management Plan for Hadrian’s Wall 2008-14.


Gaetano Palumbo, Principal Consultant Archaeological Sites Conservation and Management

Gaetano Palumbo conducted his studies in archaeology at the University of Rome, and participated in the first archaeological sites inventory project in Jordan in the early 1990s. He then joined the Getty Conservation Institute between 1994 and 2000, IoA until 2002 (where he taught the Master in Managing Archaeological Sites), and World Monuments Fund since 2002.  Since 2002 he is also Honorary Lecturer at the IoA.  He has consulted for a number of organizations including UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, the Word Bank, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the High Commission for the Revitalization of Erbil Citadel, on projects concerning capacity building, and site management and conservation planning.


Dr Adrian Olivier, Principal Consultant Archaeology and Heritage Management

Adrian is Honorary Professor at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. He recently retired from the post of Heritage Protection Director after 19 years at English Heritage where he was also Head of Profession for Archaeology. Prior to that he was Director of the Lancaster University Archaeology Unit following extensive early career experience as an active field archaeologist in northern England. Adrian was the founding President of the European Archaeological Council - Europae Archaeologiae Concilium (the network of state heritage agencies), and works closely with the Council of Europe and other European institutions. He has a strong interest in wetlands archaeology and maritime archaeology and recently chaired a review of the provision of maritime archaeology for the Danish Heritage Agency. Adrian is currently undertaking a heritage management project for the European Union/Council of Europe as part of the programme to promote cultural diversity in Kosovo and is an advisor to the EU funded Cradles of European Culture Project (Francia Media). Adrian is a member of the National Trust Archaeology Panel and has recently taken up the position of Chair of the Nautical Archaeology Society.


Background of CAA

The CAA was founded in 2006 as a research centre unit within the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. We aim to build links between commercial practice, academic research and local communities, encouraging collaboration and innovation in the heritage sector.  Our affiliation with the IoA-UCL places us at the forefront of research, teaching and practice in conservation, cultural resource management and public archaeology. We work closely with the Institute’s academic experts who are involved in archaeology, museums and heritage projects all over the world.

Archaeology South-East is the CAA's contract division. Through ASE we can offer specialist advice in a number of areas, including:

  • Archaeological law
  • Survey
  • Excavation
  • Environmental impact assessment 
  • Post-excavation analysis (including publication).  

Our Partnerships

Partnerships

The CAA has partnered with a number of organisations. In the UK these include Local Authorities, The Department of Culture Media and Sport and English Heritage. In Europe, these include the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture, the Council of Europe’s Heritage and Landscape Division and its Regional Cooperation Division. Internationally, these include UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority, and Patrimoine Culturel of Mali to name a few.

Recent partnerships include

EDUCCKATE –co-financed by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture

The CAA is leading a consortium of 11 partners including, Hub Kings Cross Ltd, Quality Program, Link Campus University (both Italy), knowl (Greece), die Berater, FH Joanneum – Univesity of Applied Sciences (both Austria) , Rand DO, CEIA, University of Nicosia (both Cyprus), Bupnet (hermany) and Catro (Budapest). We are developing entrepreneurship and mentoring training for a mentored work placement scheme for students of the cultural and creative sectors.

Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands

The CAA undertakes joint research into commercial archaeological practice with ARCHOL BV, the contracts division of Leiden University. It also is involved in joint research into international heritage management with the Faculty of Archaeology, looking in particular at ethical standards for heritage professionals and at heritage management in the developing world.

International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology The CAA provides advice on site management and conservation options for the site of Niuheliang, Liaoning Province in China.