C.R Archaeology was founded in 2011 and is a partnership between Catherine Rees and Matthew Jones. Services provided include: desk based assessments, archaeological evaluation & excavation, building recording and analysis, walkover surveys, archaeological illustration (site, artefact and standing buildings), report production, archive research and geophysical survey (gradiometer).
The scope of works undertaken varies from small projects commissioned by private individuals through to lager infrastructure projects (road schemes and school buildings). We work with a variety of clients and our previous projects have been undertaken on behalf of private individuals, planning consultancies and property developers along with larger bodies such as Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd Councils, Isle of Man Government Cadw, and English Heritage/Historic England.
The company has undertaken numerous high profile excavations in the North Wales area including the recent discovery of a unique Neolithic settlement site in Anglesey, excavations at Kendrick’s Cave, Llandudno, Harlech Castle and works to Barcloddiad Y Gawres Chambered Tomb.
C.R Archaeology are specialists in historic building recording and have worked on many Listed Buildings including those being renovated under the Holyhead & Colwyn Bay Townscape Heritage Initiatives and Grade I Listed Buildings forming part of the Caernarfon Town Walls (Porth yr Aur & Police Station).
As a company C.R Archaeology maintains a high local profile and regularly volunteers in heritage events in North Wales – most recently by giving talks at conferences and for local societies, arranging an open day on site for local school children and assisting Cadw at a summer solstice event at Bryn Celli Du chambered tomb, Anglesey. Local events are publicised through the company's Facebook and Twitter sites, both of which have a loyal following.
Catherine has worked in commercial archaeology since graduating in 2002. She holds both Bachelors and Masters (grade Distinction) Degrees in Archaeology (specialising predominantly in British & European Prehistory) and in 2010 she completed a two year Postgraduate Diploma in Historic Environment Conservation at the Ironbridge Institute.
Catherine is member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and will be upgrading to full membership in the near future. She also holds a CSCS card.
Matthew Jones is a highly experienced field archaeologist and project manager with over 13 years experience in commercial archaeology.
Matthew has obtained academic qualifications in both Archaeology and Welsh History from the University of Wales, Bangor, and Archaeological Practice from the University of Highlands and Islands, Orkey.
His technical expertise has been gained through an extensive portfolio of large and varied projects, operating at supervisor, project officer and project manager level on behalf of local and national organisations and as a project director.
Matthew is a native of North Wales both growing up, studying and working extensively in the area.