Nicola Powell BA (Hons) MA MCIFA
Community Archaeology Officer (London)
Nicola joined AOC in September 2015 as the Community Archaeologist supporting the London office. Since joining AOC, Nicola has built on her network of heritage contacts, visiting schools, local groups and societies as well as museums and local studies libraries to promote AOC’s public archaeology programme. Nicola has already built partnerships with several societies and local heritage centres in order to deliver public archaeology days, talks and opportunities for community excavation. She is also responsible for the social media output of the London office and supporting the AOC website with London news and information.
Nicola came to AOC with a background in outreach and project management, including managing post-excavation processes through to assessment reporting, publication and archive deposition. She has several monographs, studies papers and journal articles published which she has project managed, edited and contributed to in London, the Thames Valley and Scotland.
As a Finds Specialist, her specialism includes small finds, particularly metalwork of all periods. Nicola has a strong public archaeology background as one of the first Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Finds Liaisons officers, when the PAS went countrywide in 2003. She worked in Devon, and greatly improved the reporting of finds by the public, notably the reporting of treasure finds by metal detectorists. Before joining PAS, Nicola came from a strong field archaeology background, having dug in Scotland, the Thames valley and Majorca.
Nicola supports best practice in all aspects of archaeology and sits as Chair of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology’s Validation Committee and on their Advisory Council. She is a member of several of CIfA’s Special Interest Groups including Voluntary and Community, Project Management (Hon Secretary), Finds and the new Equality and Diversity Group.
She is Editor-in-Chief of the Finds Research Group datasheets, which seeks to publish new and ongoing research of post-Roman finds.