Mitchell Pollington BA (Hons) MA MCIfA 


Mitchell PollingtonMitchell has extensive experience in commercial archaeology, managing a wide range of projects including large-scale archaeological excavations and evaluations, historic building recording projects and topographic and geophysical surveys. He has also acted as a heritage consultant for numerous projects, including renewable energy and infrastructure schemes.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BA in History and Archaeology in 1997, Mitchell undertook an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol, and subsequently worked on excavations with a number of commercial organisations in England and Italy. In 2002 Mitchell joined English Heritage as a GIS officer, and went on to work with the English Heritage Archaeological Survey and Investigation Team in York, producing a range of earthwork surveys and reports. In 2005 Mitchell became the lead surveyor at Archaeological Services WYAS, and subsequently managed the Survey and Building Recording Team, as well as a range of archaeological excavations. Mitchell was appointed manager of AOC Archaeology’s York office in early 2013, and in May 2015 was appointed to AOC’s board.

Recent examples of Mitchell’s large-scale projects include two road schemes in the East Riding of Yorkshire - the Beverley Southern Relief Road and the Brough Relief Road. He has also managed extensive urban excavations within the medieval centre of Hull and along its dock-front prior to commercial and residential development, and was responsible for the planning and implementation of an archaeological scheme of works prior to and during the construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms in North Lincolnshire. He has also managed the highly successful ‘Hidden Guildhall’ archaeological community excavation in York.

Mitchell specialises in landscape investigation and assessment, and has produced numerous detailed surveys of sites across England, a number of which have been published in relevant journals. Recent work has included surveys of the Iron Age hillforts along the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge and the Blackstone Edge Roman Road in West Yorkshire. He has also undertaken survey work on Roman and Crusader-period sites in northern Israel. Mitchell previously sat on the committee of the Landscape Survey Group and is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Selected Bibliography

Pollington, M and Potten, S 2014. ‘Three Recent Excavations in Yorkshire by AOC Archaeology’, CBA Forum (New Series) vol. 1, 103-114

Pollington M 2013. Roman Castleford, Wakefield Museum

Pollington M 2013. A New Survey of Blackstone Edge Road: Interim Results. CBA Forum (New Series)  vol. 1.

Oswald A and Pollington M 2012. ‘Commonplace activities: the development and use of Low Moor and Walmgate Stray, a suburban common near York’, Landscapes, (2012) 2, 45-74

Pollington M 2012. Questioning Medieval Settlement Desertion in the Wolds, Medieval Archaeology, 56, 323-329.

Pollington M 2010. ‘Ironhouse Bastle: A survey of a Northumberland border farmstead’, Northern Archaeology, vol. 21, 1-174.

Pollington M 2010. Doncaster Uncovered. An Introduction to Doncaster's Past, Leeds

Pollington M 2005.’ Recent fieldwork on Yorkshire commons’, CBA Forum4.

Pollington M and Jecock M 2005. A Late Iron Age and Romano-British settlement at Black Plantation, Richmond, North Yorkshire, English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report Series AI/5/2005

Pollington M and Pearson T 2004. Figham Common, Beverley: An archaeological survey, English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report Series AI/23/2004

Pollington M and Oswald A 2004. Walmgate Stray, York: An archaeological survey, English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report Series AI/36/2004

Pollington M 2001. ‘Mills in the Inchbrook Valley, Woodchester Park’, The Journal of the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology, 33 – 41