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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.

DES Manager

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. Paula was joint editor on Archaeology Scotland’s journal, Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES), in 2007-8, and the editor 2009-2019.  She also managed all of the data from its initial receipt through to its transfer onto the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) public access database, CANMORE. Paula is currently working on a consultancy basis for AS on DES and the OASIS redevelopment project.

Dr. Paula Milburn, Information manager / DES editor

Project Officer (DES editor)

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 as Learning Officer in April 2014, moving to the post of Project Officer (DES editor) in August 2019.

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. As Learning Officer, Jennifer helped others gain the satisfaction of using the fascinating subject of archaeology. She enjoyed creating resources to help teachers and youth workers to use archaeology to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.

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

Adopt-a-Monument Officer

Kieran Manchip

Kieran has joined Archaeology Scotland as a Project Officer on the Adopt a Monument and Attainment through Archaeology projects until March 2020. Originally from East Kilbride, Kieran completed his undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow in 2016 before going on to complete a Masters in Conflict Archaeology and Heritage at the same university in 2018. His main area of interest is in post-medieval Scotland and the landscape archaeology of the Jacobite-era, particularly the military road network pioneered by General George Wade. He is also extremely passionate about community archaeology and the positive impact it can have on society. Kieran’s other interests include hill walking and football.

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), Heritage Environment Education course I/II at Linnaeus University, Sweden

Ask me about: youth engagement, the Heritage Resources Portal, informal learning, and heritage pedagogy

Rebecca is passionate about opening up positive choices for young people through youth engagement practices. She brings youth work-led practices to Archaeology Scotland (including creating the original basis for what became the Heritage Hero Awards). Rebecca coordinates the Heritage Resources Portal, an Archaeology Scotland initiative showcasing the best learning resources on Scotland’s past – chosen by the experts. Rebecca represents Archaeology Scotland Heritage Education Forum and is the Chair (2019-21). A keen Montessorian, Rebecca is currently undertaking training in Montessori teaching methods, with a focus on the secondary education and the application of learning, pedagogy and meta-cognition in the classroom.

Background: 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 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, including a part-time secondment to Dig It! from 2014 to 2018.

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.

Membership and Office Administrator

Jordyn Patrick

Jordyn joined Archaeology Scotland in April 2017. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in the autumn of 2017 with her MLitt in Celtic and Viking Archaeology. She is a trained field archaeologist and has worked on a variety of sites from Irish Bronze Age hillforts to 18th century industrial structures. Her research focuses on Pictish carved stones and Early Medieval Scotland. Jordyn handles all membership enquiries, communication, office administration, assists with Summer School administration, and provides support for the director and other teams/projects. She enjoys writing and traveling. When not at work she can be found enjoying local walks or camping with her  husband and their two fluffy German Shepherds.

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.