ASA National Committee

The National Committee is a group of archaeology students elected as representatives of their universities across the UK. The aims of the National Committee are:

  1. Spread awareness of ASA and its benefits to students
  2. Share news on the current ASA conference with fellow students
  3. Shape the future direction of the ASA series

The National Committee meets at the ASA conference each September to review the conference and the future direction of the series, as well as to transition its membership for the year ahead. Between the ASA conferences, members of the National Committee operate individually to spread awareness of ASA and the next ASA conference within their own universities in person and online. At the start of each term in September a schedule of meetings via Skype every 2 or 3 months is arranged so members can update one another on any developments.

Find out more about the aims, election and activities of the National Committee in the Constitution of the Annual Student Archaeology conference series.

The future of ASA depends on enthusiastic undergraduates and postgraduates willing to champion ASA's mission of Developing Integrated Archaeology. If you wish to join the National Committee for 2015-16, please email a statement of interest, up to 200 words in length, to contact.asaconference [at] gmail.com by 21 September for consideration by the retiring National Committee. The new National Committee will be announced and inducted by the retiring committee on 28 September.

2014-15 ASA National Committee

Bournemouth University

Emily Rhodes (emilyrhodes945 [at] gmail.com) Emily Rhodes
I’m a second year undergraduate student studying BA Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology. I am a Young Archaeologists Club leader at a local branch, and I completed a placement at the Durotriges Big Dig site last year, and will be returning this year as the publicist for the site. I am currently involved in a multi-million pound project being led by Mark Maltby on the archaeology of chickens, as well as assisting a Lecturer with the publication of the Dewlish Roman villa in Dorset. My main focus of personal research lies with the role and treatment of companion pets in Roman Britain, primarily focusing on cats.

University of Bristol

David Altoft (david.altoft [at] bristol.ac.uk) David Altoft
David is a second year PhD student at the University of Bristol using organic residue analysis of pottery to research cooking and subsistence practices in Neolithic Central Europe. David co-organised the first ASA conference at the University of York in 2013 during the final year of his BSc in Bioarchaeology, and is helping continue the growth of ASA in 2015-16 by representing students at Bristol on the national committee. David is driven by a desire to integrate all researchers and audiences in archaeology and hopes ASA is one way in which that can be achieved.

University of Chester

Sam Munsch (1319682 [at] chester.ac.uk) Sam Munsch
Sam is a second year BA Archaeology undergraduate at Chester. He has taken part in excavations at Star Carr and in Chester itself, and has worked on plague victims in Italy as part of an osteology laboratory. Sam leads a group of fellow students in creating an online hub for student archaeologists called Unearthed Archaeology; so far, this includes popular podcasts and a video series, as well as a website in the near future. Sam plans to focus on the study of human remains, in particular those unearthed from mass graves, including victims of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

University of Southampton

Alistair Galt (alistairgalt [at] googlemail.com) Alistair Galt
Alistair originally came to know about The Post Hole, and subsequently ASA, from Navid Tomlinson (one of the co-founders of ASA) at TAG 2012 in Liverpool. Since then, he has become Southampton University’s (previously Durham University’s) Public Relations Coordinator for The Post Hole, and he also attended the first ASA conference. He completed an MSc in Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey) at Southampton University in September 2014. He is also a committee member of the New Generation Special Interest Group of the (Chartered) Institute for Archaeologists, providing resources and advice for other early-career archaeologists.

University of Nottingham

David Hanks (acydh1 [at] nottingham.ac.uk) David Hanks
David is currently a 3rd year undergraduate at Nottingham. He has taken part in numerous excavations across the country, all with a focus of roman settlement. He is currently the president of the archaeology society at Nottingham and regularly run trips and host guest talks. His current research is based on the Roman fort and vicus settlement at Manchester and the effect of the industrial revolution on our understanding of Roman Britain.


University of St Andrews

Nefeli Piree Iliou (nepi [at] st-andrews.ac.uk) Nefeli Piree Iliou
Nefeli is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of St Andrews, studying Ancient History & Archaeology. She has participated in a number of archaeological projects in Greece and Italy spanning from a Late Palaeolithic site, a Mycenaean acropolis, the Agora at Athens and an early Christian basilica. She has also interned in museums, including the Benaki Museum at Athens, where she worked primarily on the Amykles Research Project and the museum’s Exhibition sector. Nefeli’s current interest lies in understanding the changing Attic and Boeotian (Middle to) Late Helladic burial landscape. Her research is focused on the emergence of tholos tombs, their topographic context and significance. In the future she hopes to engage in projects on the Cycladic islands of Greece.

University College London

Bryony Smerdon (bryony.smerdon.13 [at] ucl.ac.uk) Bryony Smerdon
Bryony is a second year undergraduate student at University College London, studying Egyptian Archaeology. She is the specialist degree representative for the Society of Archaeological Students at UCL, as well as a Front of House and Events volunteer at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Bryony enjoy fieldwork, and has dug on sites ranging from the Romanian Neolithic to the Cornish Bronze Age and Sussex Medieval. Her main research interests lie in the exploration of daily life and non-elite society in Egyptian pyramid towns and planned settlements.

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