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Norvic Archaeology was established in 2009 and is the trading name of Norwich based freelance archaeologist Giles Emery. Norvic Archaeology draws upon a local network of professional archaeologists in order to tailor a team suitable to the specific requirements of an archaeological project. Such projects benefit from extensive past experience in both rural and urban projects, particularly in East Anglia. Your project will also benefit from a personalised and friendly service through all phases of work.

Giles Emery


I am a freelance archaeologist with over 20 years experience of archaeological projects, ranging in scale and complexity, spanning commercial, academic and community sectors. I have maintained my membership of the Charted Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA) for over 15 years.


I am a qualified First Aider hold a BSC Level 2 Certificate in Risk Assessment. I have completed the English Heritage Analysis & Recording of Historic Buildings training course at The University of Oxford Department for External Studies. I am also an accomplished illustrator of archaeological finds, with contributions in several archaeological publications.

After graduating in Archaeology from the University of Southampton, I received hands-on training in the various disciplines of archaeological field skills with English Heritage as a Trainee with the Whitby Headland Project. Since then I have worked continuously as a professional archaeologist with various archaeological and heritage organisations, including English Heritage, Cotswold Archaeological Trust, UCL Field Archaeology (now Archaeology South East), Cornwall Archaeology Unit, Southampton Archaeology Unit, Nottingham University Department of Archaeology and NAU Archaeology (formerly the Norfolk Archaeology Unit).


I first came to Norfolk in 2002 to assist in the excavation of a medieval friary in Norwich. Following this interesting project I was lured back to Whitby, this time to assist in the training of a new wave of trainee archaeologists. However, I soon returned to Norfolk as a member of the Norfolk Archaeological Unit, accepting the position of Project Officer in 2003 with a focus on urban projects.


In 2009 I left NAU Archaeology to set up Norvic Archaeology, drawing upon my experience to pursue an independent career as a Freelance Archaeologist. This has also allowed greater involvement in community outreach work. I am currently involved in the ongoing excavation programme of the Caistor Roman Town Research Project where i am able to share my knowledge and expertise with local volunteers and students from Nottingham University. I am a Leader of the Norwich branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club, where I do my best to keep up with the enthusiasm of the kids by creating fun activities and arranging for local specialists to demonstrate their expertise.