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Eila Macqueen

Eila joined Archaeology Scotland in March 2004. After graduating from Glasgow University she started a career in museums as a technical assistant at Kelvingrove Art Galleries before moving on to community-based initiatives in Caithness and Sutherland. This post led to a developmental role with Argyll and Bute Council, helping museums from Tighnabruich to Tiree and completing an MPhil with Newcastle University on community engagement in museums. Her last post was with the Northern Ireland Museums Council as Assistant Director where she gained distinction in the part-time Diploma in Management Practice course at the University of Ulster. Eila is a keen hill walker, loves all sorts of music and is a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society.


Adopt-a-Monument Project Managers

Cara Jones

Cara Jones is a project manager at Archaeology Scotland. Based in Scotland for the last 12 years, Cara has worked as a field archaeologist, heritage consultant, development control archaeologist and currently co-manages Archaeology Scotland’s Adopt-a-Monument scheme. Through her work with Adopt-a-Monument, Cara works with over 55 community heritage groups, helping local communities take an active role in conserving and promoting their local heritage and archaeology. Cara oversees the Adopt-a-Monument Outreach Programme which seeks to expand current heritage demographics. Cara is currently chair of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Scottish Group. In 2012 Cara co-edited and co-authored ‘Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork: Exploring on-site relationships between theory and practice’.

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Phil Richardson

Phil has been working in archaeology for the last 13 years and have been involved in a number of important projects across the UK. For the last 6 years he has been working as a Project Manager on the Adopt-a-Monument Scheme. In that time Phil has worked with community groups on projects across the country and is working to develop similar projects in the future. A prehistorian at heart Phil enjoys working on archaeological sites of all periods and has a special interest in buildings and the contemporary past.


Development Manager

Dianne Swift

Dianne firstly joined the board of Archaeology Scotland in 2011 because of her personal interest in archaeology and her experience in charity fundraising and has subsequently retired from the board to become an employee and apply her over 25 years of experience in fundraising to develop new and improved sources of income.

Dianne has a degree in Business Organisation from Heriot Watt University, is a fully certified Member of the Institute of Fundraising and is a trained field archaeology volunteer with many local digs under her belt.

Dianne Laing, Development Manager

Finance Administrator

Benedictor Manyathelo

Benedictor joined the organisation in July 2007 from Age Concern Scotland where she had been a volunteer. Benedictor gained a distinction in her diploma in accounting and business studies from the University of Botswana and is currently studying for the Certificate in Management Accounting. Benedictor is responsible for day-to-day book-keeping; invoicing; preparing management accounts for the Board and working with the auditors to prepare annual accounts. Benedictor liaises with the Director and project staff to keep a track of expenditure and income.

Information manager / DES editor

Dr. Paula Milburn

Paula has a background in environmental archaeology, holding a PhD from Edinburgh University and MSc from Sheffield University, in this subject. Her first degree was a general one, in geography with a science-based focus on archaeology, geology and environmental change. She also has over 10 years experience of working in the commercial field as a palaeoenvironmental consultant. Paula has worked for Archaeology Scotland since 2006 and has managed a range of projects including a 3 year project to facilitate sharing archaeological information called “From the Ground Up”. This project was supported by the HLF, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS and developed our existing journal into a searchable, online journal. Paula was joint editor on Archaeology Scotland’s journal, Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES), in 2007-8, and has been the editor since 2009. She manages all of the data from its initial receipt through to its transfer onto the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) public access database, CANMORE.

Paula has extensive knowledge of British archaeology and experience in environmental archaeology / landscape reconstruction. She has a particular interest in prehistory, human/landscape/environment interactions, tracking of changes and in their interpretation. Paula is experienced in all aspects of journal management. She has extensive experience in working with community groups and the wider archaeological community on the recording and reporting of all types of archaeological field work. Paula also has considerable experience in developing, working with, and managing digital databases; is knowledgeable in the use of Geographic Information Systems, statistical programmes and analytical software, the development and management of websites and their associated content management. Paula has experience of all aspects of project management, has the ability to manage team and cross-team working, and a flexible, adaptive and responsive approach. She is goal orientated and detail focused with ability to maintain strategic vision.

Dr. Paula Milburn, Information manager / DES editor

Learning Officer

Jennifer Thoms

Jennifer has a PhD (University of Edinburgh) and an MSc (University of Sheffield) in environmental archaeology, and has worked in Scottish archaeology since 1988. Jennifer has been involved with Archaeology Scotland since 2008, first as a co-opted Trustee, elected formally in November 2009, then standing down to take up a temporary post as Finance Officer in 2012. She joined the Learning Team in April 2014.

Jennifer has experience in the Higher Education sector having been a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands from 2003 to 2007, a fascinating job, in which she learned a lot about educational practice and about how rewarding it is to teach people about Scottish archaeology. Her aim now, as Learning Officer, is to help others gain the satisfaction of using the fascinating subject of archaeology. She enjoys creating resources to help teachers and youth workers to use archaeology to deliver Curriculum for Excellence.

As well as holding the (part-time) post of Learning Officer, Jennifer works for part of the week as a Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh, where she also does occasional lecturing and other teaching duties. When not working, Jennifer enjoys walking, bird-watching, music and theatre. She maintains an active social media presence, both personally and for the learning team (Twitter @as_learn).

Adopt-a-Monument/Outdoor Learning Officer

Becca Barclay

Becca joined Archaeology Scotland in October 2016 as maternity cover Project Officer working with the Heritage Hero Awards and Adopt-a-Monument. Becca recently completed her PhD at the University of Stirling, which focused on the palaeoecology and geoarchaeology of Norse farms in Iceland. Her archaeological interests lie primarily in historical human-environment relationships and the study of cultural landscapes. She also has a passion for science and archaeology outreach, believing archaeology, heritage and the natural environment should be accessible to all. Becca runs the Heritage Hero Awards Twitter account. When not at work Becca can be found out and about exploring Scotland’s mountains and coastlines

Public Archaeologist

Doug Rocks Macqueen

Doug is the Coordinator for Scottish Archaeology Month and helps develop Archaeology Scotland’s membership. He has a range of archaeology experience having worked from New Mexico to Belize to Scotland. His work has primarily been public engagement from genetics to supercomputers and of course archaeology. He also does research into the profession of archaeology.

Youth Engagement Officer

Rebecca Boyde

BSc (High Hons), MSc (with Distinction), FSA (Scot)

Ask me about: youth engagement, informal learning, and the Scottish Learning Group

Rebecca grew up in Canada and has lived in Scotland for several years. She decided to become an archaeologist as a teenager, when a trivia board game revealed her keen interest in ancient cultures and anthropology!  Rebecca has degrees in archaeology from University of Saskatchewan and University of Bradford. She held her first archaeology field work and lab work roles at University of Saskatchewan. Most recently, she completed the Historic Environment Education distance learning course from Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Rebecca has worked in heritage engagement ever since she had a summer job as a museum tour guide – and discovered that she loves sparking interest in people and truly engaging with them. Since then she’s been an assistant curator, schools learning officer contractor, and adult learning lecturer, as well as held several volunteering roles. She joined the Archaeology Scotland staff roster in 2009. In her first role with us, she worked closely with the Council for British Archaeology to support Young Archaeologist Club (YAC) Leaders in Scotland.

Rebecca became our Youth Engagement Officer in 2011. Rebecca is passionate about opening up positive choices for young people through youth engagement practices. She creates resources and brings youth work-led practices to Archaeology Scotland, including creating the original basis for what became the Heritage Hero Awards. Rebecca is at our office one day a week and is on secondment to Dig It! 2017 where she is Youth Engagement Officer and Scottish Learning Group coordinator

A keen Montessorian, Rebecca is the Heritage Learning Officer (volunteer) with Edinburgh Montessori Arts School. Also, she is currently undertaking part time training in Montessori teaching methods.

Stobs Camp Project Officer

Andrew Jepson

Andrew began volunteering in archaeology in 2011 and in his spare time he regularly helps the National Trust for Scotland supervise community archaeology digs. In recent years he ran an educational project for Archaeology Scotland and Stirling Council focusing on the Jacobites in Stirlingshire. This included managing two archaeological digs at St Ninians Kirk and Dunblane for over 300 schoolchildren.

In 2015 he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History and assisted with the organisation of the Borders Heritage Festival. For the Borders museums service he helped run school workshops at the Gallipoli exhibition at Old Gala House in 2015. In 2016 he curated the museum’s Celts exhibition. Andrew’s passion is to promote the history, heritage and archaeology of the Scottish Borders. He was therefore delighted to join Archaeology Scotland as part of a two and a half year project to explore and commemorate Stobs Camp, the First World War site near Hawick. Andy runs the Stobs Camp Twitter account.

Fundraiser and Events Coordinator

David Gilchrist

David joined the staff of Archaeology Scotland in May 2017 but had previously been working with the organisation at events to sell membership and promote the charity. David brings his wealth of Business Development/Growth experience across the Third/Public and Private sectors to the team. He first became interested in archaeology whilst working in Bahrain and documenting a restoration project on a 400 hundred year old Arabian Fort.  He is a keen body/boogie board surfer and part time harmonica player who lives with his wife and family in East Linton.

Dig it! Project Manager

Jeff Sanders

Jeff is the Project Manager for Dig It! 2017.


Dig It! Communications Officer

Julianne McGraw

Julianne joined the Dig It! 2015 (now Dig It! 2017) team in June 2014 and is responsible for the social media, website, press coverage, advertising, etc. Once she graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011, she moved to Scotland to study Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. Julianne then interned with the National Trust, worked with a small fair trade company and volunteered with various heritage organisations before joining in with the pink archaeology celebrations.

Julianne is based at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland offices in Edinburgh, but works at the Archaeology Scotland offices in Musselburgh for two days at the each month. She is also on the Archaeology Scotland Events Sub Group.