Stephen Potten MA

Project Manager

Stephen PottenStephen has a wide range of experience in commercial archaeology, and has supervised many major rural and urban excavations during the last ten years. Most recently he has directed the excavation of extensive Iron Age and Roman settlement remains along the route of the Beverley Southern Relief Road, a complex sequence of early Roman remains on the Brough Relief Road, and deeply stratified medieval and post-medieval settlement evidence at the Fruit Market in central Hull. His experience covers a range of site types and periods, from Neolithic pit clusters through to post-medieval housing and mills. Although Stephen has a particular interest in the archaeology of East Yorkshire, and has worked extensively in that area, he has also worked widely across the country, acquiring a broad knowledge of regional archaeological traits and research priorities, and an understanding of different geologies.

Stephen is skilled at managing archaeological fieldwork successfully within a commercial, developer-funded environment, whilst working closely with developers, consultants, construction crews and planning officials. His experience includes road construction, housing development schemes, reservoir construction, flood alleviation works, and the recording and re-development of standing buildings (including Listed Buildings). Stephen has also researched and written archaeological desk-based assessments and has contributed to many Environmental Impact Assessments. He is widely experienced at producing client reports, including post-excavation assessments for several major excavations.

Stephen is a certified First Aider, has CSCS certification, and is experienced in the use of Total Stations, survey-grade GPS and AutoCAD.

Selected Bibliography

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


Key Projects 

Hull Fruit Market, evaluation, 2015

Brough Relief Road, open area excavation, 2014

Beverley Southern Relief Road, evaluation and open area excavation, 2013

Pendleton Way, Salford, evaluation and open area excavation, 2012

First Point Business Park, Doncaster, open area excavation, 2011