Liz has been a driving force in community archaeology in Somerset and South West England for almost 20 years. In the late 1990s she joined the Bristol University led South Cadbury Environs Project as a volunteer and then part time Research Technician, a project which gave many volunteers archaeological experience and training.
Liz was also instrumental in setting up the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group (SSARG), an entirely volunteer-managed group, and spent four years as its Chair. Since its inception, the group has investigated numerous sites where they have encouraged local residents to get involved, and runs an annual academic conference as well as an active programme of meetings and field trips. Members of the group are involved in the full archaeological process, from initial research of a site to processing and analysing samples that are found during the dig.
Liz has expanded her volunteering further to set up a new Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) in 2012 in honour of the late Professor Mike Aston. She also serves as a Trustee of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society and is Secretary of the Society’s Archaeology Branch. As well as her extensive volunteering, Liz runs a business which processes archaeological samples and carries out geophysical surveys, and she also co-authored a paper which was published in the journal Archaeological Prospection in 2015.