2002

Continuing growth in all departments led to more changes at WA's Old Sarum offices. Extra office space was created by integrating part of the Finds Room and the adjoining room, and by alterations in the old Medical Block. Two extra buildings were leased to provide additional storage space for the ever-growing quantities of finds, records and samples that were constantly arriving from all parts of the country, and, by the end of the year, the Finds Room was partly cleared so that space-saving rolling shelves could be installed. 
 
Cover of Insite, the new staff newsletterCover of Insite, the new staff newsletterA revamped Staff Newsletter, Insite, was launched in December 2002 as a means of keeping staff informed of these organisational changes and the various projects WA were undertaking.
 
The complexities of organisation and administration also meant that there were changes among the higher reaches of management. The Senior Management Group, Andrew Lawson (Chief Executive), Sue Davies (Deputy Chief Executive), Clive Burrows (Finance Director), Roland Smith (Resources Director) and John Dillon (Operations Director), were now supported by a Facilities Manager. There were, in addition, an Outreach and Education Officer and seven Section Heads: Coastal and Marine, Conservation Management, Framework Archaeology, General Development, Information Technology, Specialist Services, and Transport. 
 
WA's first big excavation in London took place at Fenchurch SThe Amesbury ArcherThe Amesbury Archertreet in the heart of the City. Activity on the site dated from 50AD, when the Roman city was founded, and carried through to the 3rd century, after which the site fell into disuse until the medieval period. 
 
Nearer to home at Boscombe Down, close to WA's Head Office, the grave of the ‘Amesbury Archer' (right) was excavated. The burial featured in one of a series of six television programmes called Pathfinders about WA's work, that were made during the year.

Find out more about this amazing excavation here.

The finds from the excavation are on display at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, who have said that the Archer is "possibly the most significant find of its type in the Museum's collection"