DAT Archaeological Services is the field services/contracting division of Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Founded in 1975, the Trust is one of the longest established archaeological practices in Britain. The Trust is a Registered Organisation with the Institute for Archaeologists and we abide by their code of conduct and adhere to their relevant standards and guidance.



James Meek BA MCIfA
Head of Archaeological Services

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James has 25 years' experience in field archaeology. He directs and manages a range of archaeological projects including major excavations, large field survey projects and programmes of post-fieldwork analysis, and prepares written and illustrated reports on such projects. James has previously worked as Principal Archaeological Consultant within the Environmental Planning section of WSP where he was involved in the preparation of EIAs, desk-based assessments, written schemes of investigations and implementation of archaeological fieldwork located throughout the UK. Prior to this he was Project Manager with University of Leicester Archaeological Services and was involved in the management of small projects through to multi-million pound developments within the centre of Leicester. James graduated in Archaeology from Southampton University in 1990.



Frances Murphy
Project Manager

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After graduating from Bradford University in 1985 with a degree in archaeological sciences and then gaining a diploma in post-excavation studies from Leicester University Fran worked on a wide range of projects across Britain and Europe. She directed several large-scale projects when working for English Heritage, including the recovery of fire damaged material from Windsor Castle. Since joining DAT Archaeological Services in 2007 she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the archaeology of the region, together with a deep understanding of the legislation, guidance and cultural heritage of Wales.



Hubert Wilson
Coll Dip (Distinction)
Surveyor and Illustrator

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Hubert has a diploma in Fine Art and produces drawings and illustrations for DAT Archaeological Services and has produced technical archaeological illustrations for a number of publications. He is a skilled surveyor undertaking a wide variety of topographic landscape and building surveys. He has over thirty years' experience in field archaeology working on sites of all periods, both urban and rural.


Menna Bell

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Menna graduated from University College London in 2011, although has been volunteering on archaeological sites with Dyfed Archaeological Trust since 2004.  Since graduating she has worked within heritage management and community engagement remits, and was CBA Community Archaeology Training Bursary holder within DAT.  She worked on a number of community projects, including the Arfordir Coastal Heritage and the CALCH projects.  Menna spent nearly two years undertaking commercial and grant-aided fieldwork with the Field Services team of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust before joining DAT Archaeological Services in November 2015.



Alice Day PGDip ACIfA

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Alice came to archaeology in 2012 with a background in Science and Maths teaching and launched into her new career by taking a PGDip in Environmental Archaeology and Landscape Management at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Having realised she wanted to be a field archaeologist, Alice volunteered on many excavations until she was proficient enough to received her current position at DAT Archaeological Services, where she has been since mid-2014, undertaking grant-aided and commercial fieldwork. She has since specialised in magnetometry survey and has also done courses in human osteology, zooarchaeology and nautical archaeology.