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Mercedes Planas BA MSc MSc (Eng) MCIfA
Principal Surveyor and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Consultant

In August 2004 Mercedes took the lead at Souterrain, responsible for the development of a unique brand of specialised archaeological survey in the UK.
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) with expertise in Research and Development.
She graduated in Archaeology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 1997. After attaining a wide experience of archaeological fieldwork she went on to specialize in GIS, graduating with a Masters degree in 2001. Other professional achievements include the development of a GIS for CINDOC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research) in 2001 and directorship of the Cancho Gordo GIS Research Project in northern Madrid, between 1997 and 2000 (publication soon to come out at the proceedings of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology UK (CAAUK) Chapter meetings).
Her current research projects include 3-dimensional surveys of the Talayotic site of Torre d'en Gaumes, Menorca, the roman villas of Torre Aguila, near Mérida and Carranque (Toledo), all in Spain, and the Norman castle of Hartshill in Warwickshire.
In September 2011 she attained a Masters Degree in Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy at the University of Nottingham.

Martin Wilson BA (Hons) MIEnvSc MCIfA FSA Sc MInstLM MEAGE Heritage Consultant and Geophysical Survey Specialist

Specialises in the preparation of Schemes of Archaeological Resource Management and Mitigation; Project Management (including Pre-determination / pre-application consultancy); Desk-based Assessment; and Near-surface Geophysics.
An archaeologist since 1983, he has been engaged on numerous projects throughout the UK and in Spain, Italy, Poland and the Middle East.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). Over the past decade, he has directed and managed a wide range of commercial archaeological projects around the UK.
A keen advocate of community archaeology, he has directed and taught a series of Archaeology courses, institutes including the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick.
Between 1993 and 2004, he has been a core research team member of the University of Rome's (La Sapienza) annual Cultural Research Management mission in the Zarqa district of Jordan. His archaeological specialisms include historical research, landscape analysis and the history of Caucasian diaspora peoples in Jordan. His quest is sunshine, good food and wines.









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