Jim Stevenson

Research Interests

  • Generally, Prehistoric Archaeology and how change is reflected in the archaeological record.
  • The Iron Age of Surrey and Kent, particularly transition from unenclosed to enclosed occupation and the changing cultural landscape of the Late Iron Age to Roman-British period.
  • Iron Age funary practices and their expression in the landscape.
  • The ritualisation of domestic life in the Bronze Age and Iron Age and how the study of the depositional processes informs / disproves this.

Professional Skills

  • Project Management: fieldwork
  • Fieldwork: Director of urban excavations
  • Fieldwork: Director of extensive landscape excavations
  • Post-Excavation: compiling large and complex reports / monographs
  • Surveying: use of total station

Career Summary

  • 2005-present - Acting Project Manager / Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East
  • 2002- 2005 - Field Officer, Archaeology South-East
  • 1996-2001 - Archaeologist, Surrey County Archaeological Unit
  • 1995-1996 - Supervisor, AC Archaeology
  • 1993-1995 - Archaeological Assistant, AC Archaeology


  • 1993 - BA – Archaeology, University of Southampton.

Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

  • Associate Member, Institute of Field Archaeologists
  • The Prehistoric Society

Key Projects

  • Brisley Farm, Ashford, Kent
    Excavation of a 7.5ha multi-period landscape ranging from the Late Bronze Age to post-medieval periods. The main emphasis being a Late Iron Age funary landscape centred around two inhumations with weapons. For Ward Homes
  • Knightrider Street, Maidstone, Kent
    Directed evaluation and subsequent excavation of a medieval and post-medieval urban site in the town centre.
  • Hawk’s Hill House, Leatherhead, Surrey
    Directed excavation of mid Iron Age site. For Millgate Homes.
  • Dymchurch Road, New Romney
    Directed excavation of Medieval ‘sea front’ site.
  • King and Barnes, Horsham
    Directed excavation of a medieval and post-medieval stratified urban site.
  • Christchurch School, Ashford, Kent
    Directed excavation of a late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age site.
  • Land Northeast of Horley, Surrey
    Directed extensive evaluation of 135 trial trenches

Plus approximately c.80 other evaluations, c.100 watching briefs and several desk-based assessments

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