Welcome to the Urban Archaeology blog. Freelance archaeologist Chiz Harward provides a range of on and offsite services to the archaeological profession, including running and working on excavations, post-excavation services, training and development work, and illustration work.This weblog will carry news of projects as and when they happen as well as wider thoughts on archaeological issues, especially recording, stratigraphy and training.
A recent watching brief on a new electric supply trench at a
Cotswold church led to the recovery of several fragments of carved medieval masonry,
which have given an insight into the past appearance of the medieval church.
Reconstruction of medieval architectural fragments
Chiz has worked within the archaeological industry for over twenty five years across the UK, and within the historic core of London for over fifteen years. Chiz was a Senior Archaeologist and Project Officer at the Museum of London Archaeology Service from 1998-2008, where he supervised, assessed and analysed some of London's largest and most complex excavations, as well as numerous smaller sites and projects.
Chiz specialises in the excavation and analysis of deeply stratified urban sequences commonly found in Roman and medieval London and other historic towns. Chiz is also an experienced archaeological illustrator and has been developing training materials for several years.
Between 2008 and 2010 Chiz worked as a freelance archaeologist trading as Urban Archaeology. This is the Urban Archaeology blog. After a two year stint as a Senior Project Officer at Cotswold Archaeology, Chiz is back working as a freelance archaeologist.
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Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Chiz Harward is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), the highest level of individual accreditation, and sits on the CIfA Registration Committee (Organisations). Chiz served for 4 years on the IfA Council, and was previously a member of the Professional Development and Practice Committee, the IfA Working Party on Self-employment, and the IfA Remuneration Working Party. Chiz was also chair of the Diggers' Forum and edited their newsletter: the Forum Dispatch.
Chiz strongly believes in producing work of the highest professional and ethical standards, complying with the professional standards and Code of Conduct of the professional body for archaeologists: The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.