Staff profile: dr Dan Young
Dan is Senior Project Manager for Archaeological Science at Quaternary Scientific (Quest), and is responsible for the delivery of projects from the initial phase of tendering and costing, through to reporting and publication. Dan has a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Archaeology, and a MSc in Quaternary Science, both from Royal Holloway, University of London. He also completed a PhD at the University of Reading, focusing on the relationships between climate, hydrology and human societies in Irish peatlands during the Mid- to Late Holocene. Dan is a Palaeobotanist, responsible for plant macrofossil analysis of seed remains, principally from wetlands, and an experienced geoarchaeologist.
Following completion of his master's degree, Dan worked as an Environmental Archaeologist at ArchaeoScape (Royal Holloway University) from October 2007, before moving to Quest in August 2008, again as an Environmental Archaeologist. Dan was promoted to Project Manager in September 2010. During the course of his career Dan has worked on and managed a range of geoarchaeological, palaeoenvironmental and commercial archaeological projects, many of which were based in London and the South East but including others in Ireland, France and Jersey. This work has been undertaken for a wide range of clients, many of whom are repeat customers. These include government organisations such as Historic England, the Environment Agency and Dartmoor National Park Authority; heritage/archaeology consultants including RPS, Amec Foster Wheeler, CgMs Consulting, WPS Environmental; and archaeological units such as AOC Archaeology, Pre-Construct Archaeology, Archaeology South East and Cotswold Archaeology.
Dan is experienced in a range of archaeological science techniques, including geoarchaeological borehole investigations, deposit modelling and palaeobotany. His research interests include: (1) Mid- to Late Holocene climate change and its impact on human societies, particularly in the peatlands of Central Ireland and the Lower Thames Valley; (2) Hydrology and vegetation history in peatlands in Ireland, with particular emphasis on the last 2,000 years; (3) Vegetation history and the plant macrofossil record in the wetlands of the Lower Thames Valley; and (4) Geoarchaeology, with particular emphasis on the Pleistocene history of the Middle and Lower Thames Valley. He is a member of the Centre for Past Climate Change (CPCC) and Science and Archaeology Research Group at the University of Reading.
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