About Ambrey Archaeology

Ambrey Archaeology is based in Herefordshire and led by archaeologists, Elizabeth Connolly and Tom Rogers.

Passionate about archaeology and preserving important information about the past for future generations, Ambrey are also committed to working quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively for our clients, and using our considerable experience to ensure a smooth passage from appointment to discharge of conditions.

Read more about Elizabeth and Tom below, or give us a call on 01568 780 918/ send a message to discuss your archaeology requirements.

Elizabeth Connolly

Elizabeth graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 1995 and gained an MA in Ethical and Cultural Studies in 1997. She then worked in archaeology on various sites in Ireland, both urban and rural, as well as travelling widely in India, Australia and America.

In 2002 she became eligible to hold an excavation licence in the Republic of Ireland and carried out excavations for three Irish consultancies as well as a period as a self-employed archaeological contractor.

She also worked for the Archaeological Survey of Ireland carrying out rapid ground surveys of sites in County Limerick.

Since moving to England, Elizabeth has worked as Casual Project Officer for Worcestershire Archaeology and as Archaeological Researcher for Border Archaeology, during which time she prepared desk-based assessments, heritage impact assessments, rapid appraisals and historic backgrounds to fieldwork projects, largely in the Midlands.

She founded Ambrey Archaeology in 2018 and has since carried out numerous watching briefs, small evaluations, desk-based assessments and building recording exercises.

Elizabeth is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists.

Tom Rogers

Tom graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1993 with a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory and then gained an M.Sc., by Advanced Research into Palaeoanthropology also from Sheffield.

Subsequently he worked on numerous archaeological projects as Archaeologist, Supervisor and Project Officer in England, Scotland, France and Ireland where he was considered eligible to hold an archaeological licence.

He also worked for Wiltshire County Council as a Projects Archaeologist, contributing to the Monuments Protection Programme on behalf of English Heritage and producing the project design for the Wiltshire Extensive Urban Survey.

For 16 years he was Project Manager, then a Senior Project Manager for Worcestershire Archaeology, during which time he managed over 450 archaeological projects ranging in scale from small watching briefs to large scale excavations, many of which were published in archaeological journals.

During this time he developed the digital survey, digital context recording and UAV capabilities of the service and managed the building recording team.

He also wrote numerous desk-based assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments and Conservation Plans and contributed to the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy.

He joined Ambrey Archaeology in July 2022.

Tom is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists.

The Ambrey Annals

Busman’s Holiday Part Two

Busman’s Holiday Part Two

This Easter we were back in Ireland and took in a couple of days on the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) in County Kerry. This beautiful area is rich in archaeological sites from prehistoric hut circles to promontory forts and early Christian sites, so the perfect...

Keeping up with the Droneses!

Keeping up with the Droneses!

Put simply, drone flying regulations require pilots to stay a certain distance from people and roads. This means that a lot of consideration has to go into choosing a location and a time for flying. As a drone-flying newbie, I'm getting used to carrying equipment...

Ambrey holiday snaps – Cymer Abbey

Ambrey holiday snaps – Cymer Abbey

Cymer Abbey, was a late 12th century Cistercian foundation. Located by a river at the foot of the Rhinog mountains, it was a daughter house of Abbey Cymhir, near Rhayader. The cloisters of the abbey were never completed, and it looks like stones were robbed following...

Our First Guided Tour!

Our First Guided Tour!

Ambrey Archaeology's first guided tour will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019 . We're going to visit the 'three castles' of Monmouthshire - Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle - dating from the late 11th century, they were united under a single lordship by 1138....

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle is one of three in Monmouthshire which for a time were held together for a period to form a single lordship. The other castles were Skenfrith and White Castle. Visiting the three together makes for a fascinating day of immersion in the history of the...

Busman’s holiday

Busman’s holiday

Archaeology isn't just something we do...it's a way of life. So my kids find when we're on holiday; it's not just about family time and not sticking to a timetable, or even about finding the best locations for ice creams or hot chocolates (time of year...

Talk to us about your project

Call Elizabeth or Tom on 01568 780 918 or send us a message via our contact form below. We look forward to talking with you.