Our Principal Consultant Dr Chris Howlett, an archaeological consultant for over fifteen years, has gained wide experience and a deep knowledge of archaeology, development and the planning process. He holds a BA degree in geography and a doctorate in landscape history as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
His first archaeological post was with the National Trust where he worked as a landscape archaeologist, mapping, recording and making management recommendations for a wide variety of sites and historic buildings. He also worked on archaeological excavations for English Heritage before establishing his first archaeological consultancy in 1988.
Having worked 'freelance' for three years, Dr Howlett was invited to join Tempvs Reparatvm Archaeological and Historical Associates Ltd, which was the first large, national, independent archaeological consultancy and field-contracting organisation in the UK. From the outset he was a director of the company and in 1993 was promoted to manager of the Consultancy Services Department. In April 1997, together with a colleague from Tempvs Reparatvm, he acquired the essential elements of the company's consultancy department and set up a new organisation, which became 'Phoenix Consulting Archaeology Limited'.
In April 2002 Chris Howlett left Phoenix Consulting and founded The Howlett Consultancy as a new independent venture.
When the need arises The Howlett consultancy engages specialist personnel to fulfil the requirements of specific projects. This ensures that our clients get best value for their money and that the work is completed to the highest possible standard. For these specific tasks we carefully select personnel with appropriate experience and qualifications.
Also, our consultants coordinate and monitor the work of specialist survey contractors and field contracting organisations, in order to hasten progress on clients' archaeological projects.