Dr Hayley Roberts

Community Archaeology Manager

Hayley is our Community Archaeology Manager. Having worked for Cambridge Archaeological Unit for many years, both in the field as an archaeologist and managing outreach projects, she gained her PhD in Community Archaeology from Bournemouth University in 2017. Since then she has juggled raising a family with community archaeology projects for Dorset Area for Outstanding Natural Beauty and Past Participate. She is also a visiting Fellow at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bournemouth, and secretary of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA) Community and Voluntary Special Interest Group.


About Hayley


Most fun I’ve had in a field: Managing the outreach component of the Ham Hill Excavations (Somerset)

Favourite archaeological landscape: South Dorset Ridgeway

Hardest project to date: Pulling off a successful Roman Street Party in several inches of mud and snow www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/roman-in-the-snow-hundreds-visit-nw-cambridge-site-open-day.htm

Biggest achievement: Completing my PhD on time

Most bling artefact discovered: Trumpington Cross www.cam.ac.uk/trumpingtoncross

Plans for the future: To keep introducing new audiences to archaeology

What I think community archaeology is: participation in all types of archaeological research by all types of people.



Interesting and accessible publications and reports written by me


Roberts, H. 2017. Community Archaeology: A model of best practice based upon case study examples in Dorset and Cambridgeshire. Thesis: Bournemouth University http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29661/1/ROBERTS%2C%20Hayley_Ph.D._2016.pdf

Roberts, H. 2014. in Evans, C., Cessford, C. & Roberts, H. 2014. North-West Cambridge Archaeology – an interim statement. Cambridge Archaeological Unit unpublished report. www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/NWC.htm

Roberts, H. 2014. Public Outreach in Brittain, M., Sharples, N., and Evans C. Ham Hill: Excavation of An Iron Age Hillfort 2013. CAU Report Number 1247. www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/hamhill.html

Roberts, H. 2013. Public Outreach in Brittain, M., Evans, C., and Sharples, N., Ham Hill: Excavation of An Iron Age Hillfort 2012. CAU Report Number 1159. www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/hamhill.html

Roberts, H. 2012. Public Outreach in Slater A and Brittain M Ham Hill: Excavation of An Iron Age Hillfort. CAU Report Number 1101. www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/hamhill.html

Roberts, H. 2011. Public Involvement in Tabor, J. Willingham Mere ‘Digging Environment’ Project. CAU Report No.1024. http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-822-1/dissemination/pdf/cambridg3-153183_1.pdf



Interesting and accessible reports written about my work


Guthrie, K. 2013. What lies beneath? Somewhere Blog. https://somewhere.org.uk/blog/9807/what-lies-beneath_

BBC 2011. Prehistoric wetland to be recreated in Cambridgeshire. 01/06/2011. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-13604733

The Guardian 2011. Iron age hill fort excavation reveals 'possible suburbia'. The Guardian. 01/09/2011 www.theguardian.com/science/2011/sep/01/iron-age-hill-fort-excavation

BBC 2013. Cambridge Dig unearths history from Bronze Age to World War Two BBC 22/03/13 www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-21893150

Daily Mail 2013. Excavation gives gruesome glimpse of Iron Age massacre where 'thousands' were slaughtered, chopped up and dumped in mass grave Daily Mail. 5/09/2013
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2412038/Iron-Age-excavation-site-gives-gruesome-glimpse-past-bodies-slaughtered-chopped-chilling-massacre.html#ixzz57MVOAnJn

The Independent 2013. Exclusive: Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK’s largest hill fort. www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/exclusive-slaughtered-bodies-stripped-of-their-flesh-a-gruesome-glimpse-of-iron-age-massacre-at-uk-s-8798680.html

Dorset Echo 2017. Historic England heaps praise of South Dorset Ridgeway Project. 26/11/2017. www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15619164.historic-england-heaps-praise-on-the-south-dorset-ridgeway-project/