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Small Finds Specialist & Post-Excavation Manager

Dr Elizabeth Foulds MCIfA

Elizabeth is a small finds specialist who has worked on various types of finds from across all periods, including metalwork, worked stone, worked bone, glass, amber and jet. She also has experience writing reports on vessel glass, especially from the Roman and post-medieval periods, as well as clay pipe. Elizabeth has worked in post-excavation project management and is experienced with projects of all sizes. She is particularly adept at creating and working with relational databases, data management, and preparing digital data for archive.

Elizabeth’s research has focused on aspects of identity created through objects, especially those relating to dress and adornment, in the Iron Age and Roman periods in Britain. Her PhD thesis looked at the evidence for how glass beads were worn in Iron Age Britain and the meanings these objects conveyed within their comunity. 


PhD      Archaeology – Durham University, 2014
MA        Archaeology (Distinction)– Durham University, 2009
BA         Anthropology – Portland State University, USA, 2008
BA         History - Portland State University, USA, 2006


Professional Membership

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Later Prehistoric Finds Group

Roman Finds Group

Association for the History of Glass

The Finds Research Group

Society for Clay Pipe Research


A list of grey literature can be found here

Foulds, E.M. (2017) Glass Beads from Iron Age Britain: a social approach. Archaeopress: Oxford.

Book chapters/sections
Foulds, E.M. (2020) ‘Metalwork’ in Moore, T.H. A Biography of Power: Bagendon ‘oppidum’, Oxford: Archaeopress, 275–286.

Foulds, E.M., Shepherd, J., Shaffrey, R., Green, C., Poole, C., Moore, T., Foulds, F. (2020) ‘Miscellaneous materials’ in Moore, T.H. A Biography of Power: Bagendon ‘oppidum’, Oxford: Archaeopress, 331–346.

Croom, A., Brickstock, R. Cruse, J. Foulds, E. M., (2020) ‘Recorded Finds’ in Fell, D. W. Contact, Concord and Conquest: Britons and Romans at Scotch Corner, Northern Archaeological Associates Monograph 5. 

Croom, A., Foulds, E.M., Brickstock, R. (2019) ‘Grave Goods and Furniture’ in Speed, G.P., Holst, M. A1 Leeming to Barton, Death, Burial and Identity, 3,000 years of death in the Vale of Mowbray. Northern Archaeological Associates Monograph Series 4. 

Foulds, E.M. (2014). The Caerau Glass Bead (CH13, SF13 (4025)), in Davis, O. & N. Sharples, 2014. Excavations at Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, South Wales, 2014. An interim report. Cardiff Studies in Archaeology no. 35, 54–5.

Foulds, E.M. (2014) Personal Adornment in Iron Age Britain: the case of the missing glass beads. In Stoddart, S., and C. Popa, (2014) Fingerprinting the Iron Age: approaches to identity in the European Iron Age, integrating South-Eastern Europe into the debate, Oxbow, Oxford: 223–38.

Journal articles
Foulds, E.M. (2019) ‘The beads’ in Russell, M., Smith, M., Cheetham, P., Evans, D., Manley, H. ‘The girl with the chariot medallion: a well furnished Late Iron Age Durotrigian burial from Langton Herring, Dorset’, The Archaeological Journal, 176(2) DOI: 10.1080/00665983.2019.1573551

Gleba, M., Foulds, E.M., Teasdale, A., & H. Russ (2017) ‘First identification of club moss use in Roman Britain’, Archaeological Textile Review 59, 17–23.

Foulds, E.M. (2014) An Exciting New Iron Age Glass Bead from London. Later Prehistoric Finds Group Newsletter 4, 7–8.

Foulds, E.M. (2017) A Short Guide to Iron Age Glass Beads from Britain. Later Prehistoric Finds Group Object Datasheet No 4.

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