About Us

Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice Ltd are a Social Enterprise that aims to promote and enhance public understanding and awareness of archaeological and cultural heritage issues. We are actively involved with a number of local communities with an aim to develop a better understanding of our cultural heritage and how to successfully appreciate, preserve and publicise archaeology and cultural heritage.

As a Social Enterprise HARP are a not-for-profit organisation, and thus, any ‘profit’ generated from the work and projects undertaken by HARP will be reinvested into events and activities in order to provide training opportunities and outreach events for the public

We are based in Edinburgh and are involved in projects throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe.

We offer a number of services to a variety of different groups including local community groups, developers, land owners, students and educational institutions. We have a dedicated pool of specialists with a range of experience and skill sets, and our business model allows us to enhance our team with relevant specialists on a project by project basis.

Follow the links to see some of the projects we have recently completed and information on upcoming events.


Meet the Team

Ian Hill BSc MSc - Director

Ian has been working in the heritage sector since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2005. He has worked in the commercial archaeology sector in both the UK and Australia with particular experience in Scotland working on sites ranging from the Mesolithic period to the 20th Century, and has a strong working knowledge of development control archaeology in Scotland. Throughout his undergraduate and Masters his research areas were in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East and Ian has been involved in a number of research excavations in Cyprus. Research and training excavations have been a large part of Ian's career and he has taught students on excavations in Scotland, France and Cyprus, as well as taking part on research projects in South East Asia and Australia. Ian has worked alongside Archaeology Scotland on community heritage projects, and is involved in a number of research and training projects based in Scotland. His current research focus is on Post-Medieval Scotland.

Ian is the Director of HARP and our principal Field Archaeologist. He is responsible for project management of all of HARP's projects and also takes an active role in our field schools and field projects.

Michelle Gamble BA MA PhD - Bioarchaeologist and Field Archaeologist

Michelle comes to HARP with over ten years of experience in the heritage sector. Following a degree in Classical Archaeology, she has commercial excavation experience in both the UK and Canada, and has worked on a number of research excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Sudan. While her PhD focussed on the analysis of prehistoric human skeletal remains from Cyprus, she has subsequently examined skeletal material from sites from various time periods in Turkey, Qatar and the UK. Michelle’s research interests include health, disease and medicine in the past, mortuary archaeology and the impact of field schools in archaeological pedagogy.

Michelle is HARP’s osteologist and works on our research projects and field schools where she is able to help train students and volunteers in all aspects of archaeological excavation and human remain analysis.


Aris Palyvos MA MLitt - Field Archaeologist

Since graduating from the University of Glasgow Aris has been working in the commervial archaeology sector in the UK and on a number of research projects in the Medietrranean. With his Masters research focussing on the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean Aris has vast knowledge and experience working on projects in Greece and Cyprus. Aris has over five years experience in the commercial sector in the UK, and has worked on sites ranging from the Neolithic period through to modern times.

Aris is one of HARP's regular field archaeologists, and also specialises in experimental archaeology. He works on our field schools in Cyprus and in the field here in Scotland.


Sarah Douglas BA MA - Social Media Representative

Sarah has completed two degrees at the University of Mancheter; the first in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2012, with a Masters degree in Archaology completed in 2015. Whilst she has also worked on projects in the UK, Sarah has mainly worked in Cyprus and has been spending her summers digging there since she was an undergraduate, and was a team supervisor on HARP's Experimental Archaeology and Beer Production Field School in 2013. Sarah is now a PhD student at The University of Manchester and her main research interests are gender, burial and human object relationships and she is applying this to the prehistoric Cypriot burial record within her PhD. 

Sarah is HARP's Social Media Representative, and also works on our field schools in Cyprus.