Tom Elliot


Research Student

Research Students

Tom is conducting a PhD into the provenance of Mesolithic material from the Lower Wye Valley and southern Welsh Marches., a neglected region in Mesolithic Studies.

His interest in archaeology began formally when he studied Archaeology at AS and A level at Hereford Sixth Form College. He then moved on to the University of Exeter where he graduated in 2009. After this, he volunteered for and was employed by Archaeological Investigations Ltd. and Headland Archaeology (UK), working on complex graveyard archaeology at Hereford Cathedral and other commercial sites around the UK. He currently works full time as a building surveyor, utilising terrestrial laser scanning equipment, conventional R/EDM total stations, GPS and dGPS and has experimented with photogrammetry for its use in cave archaeology.

As well as the Mesolithic and Palaeolithic, Toms other interests include Geoarchaeology and Speleology and the use of caves in the past as well as general themes such as Hunter-gatherer Archaeology, Archaeometry, Landscape Archaeology and excavation.

Specialisations & research interests:

  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology
  • Lithic sourcing, raw materials, organisation of technology and analysis
  • Geochemistry
  • Terrestrial laser scanning, R/EDM and GPS survey.
  • Cave archaeology