CV: Trevor Ashwin

Higher education

1981-4: University of York: BA Archaeology and History (Joint Honours), 2(i).


1984-9: I worked as a field archaeologist on major projects of all kinds in Yorkshire, Oxford, Devon and Norfolk.

1989-2001: project manager with the Norfolk Archaeological Unit. In this role I was responsible for numerous excavation and research projects (including excavations on the Norwich Southern Bypass and recovery and recording of the Pleistocene ‘West Runton Elephant’ from the north Norfolk cliffs); I also acted as an academic and technical editor and as IT manager.

1996-2007: I was joint editor of Norfolk Archaeology, the annual peer-reviewed publication of the Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society. I still design and typeset the journal and have overseen an major reformatting in recent years. In 2004–5 I illustrated and co-edited An Historical Atlas of Norfolk, published by Phillimore.

Since 2001 I have worked freelance, mostly in the field of archaeology and heritage, as an editor, illustrator, typesetter and web designer. In 2005, my wife Imogen and I formed the World Tree partnership to collaborate on a wide range of projects in this field. Since 2008 we have become involved in heritage interpretation, with projects at the Great Hospital (Norwich), Burgh Castle Roman fort, Snettisham and elsewhere.

Current practice

Editing and prepress. Reports for the East Anglian Archaeology monograph series ( have dealt with major projects such as Stansted Airport, Norwich Greyfriars, Scole Roman town and Norwich Castle Mall. Produced several monographs for Pre-Construct Archaeology (notably PCA Monograph 8: A New Millennium at Southwark Cathedral). Editorial consultant for Gifford Archaeology, notably on the report on excavations at St Pancras station in advance of construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. I referee archaeological reports and monographs. Although no longer joint editor of Norfolk Archaeology I still design and typeset the journal for the Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society. Books and leaflets designed for many other clients. I love book design!

Heritage interpretation. World Tree have produced interpretation schemes for several Norfolk sites and landscapes.

Teaching and outreach. Lecturing and speaking, principally to non-specialist groups. I lead many guided walks and tours of archaeological landscapes, in particular for Norfolk Museums Service. Outreach work with children, especially with Education Otherwise home education collective.

Web development. Websites created by World Tree include those of the Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society, the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History and the Norfolk Archaeological Trust.

Graphics and illustration. Cartography, diagrammatic and technical illustration (principally for archaeologists), logos and branding, and enhancement and manipulation of digital images generally. My illustrations and photographs appear in many publications. I have trained archaeological illustrators and members of voluntary and campaigning organisations in scanning, image optimisation and pre-press ‘best practice’.

Art. My practice as a visual artist is based on photography, and documents my purely subjective and speculative responses to archaeological sites monuments and landscapes, particularly in Norfolk but also elsewhere. I have exhibited in Norwich and Norfolk (notably as a contributor to Self Spirit Surroundings, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, 2010). An illustrated essay on my work appears in Art, Faith and Place in East Anglia (eds M. Thofner, E. Mellings and T.A. Heslop, Boydell and Brewer 2012).


This list does not include all short notes or book reviews. My drawings and photographs have appeared in many other publications.


  • 'Neolithic and Bronze Age Norfolk: looking back, looking forward', in S. Margeson, B. Ayers and S. Heywood (eds), A Festival of Norfolk Archaeology, 11-20. Norwich: Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society.
  • 'The West Runton Elephant', Current Archaeology 149, 164-8 (with A.J. Stuart).
  • 'Neolithic and Bronze Age Norfolk', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 62, 41-62.
  • 'Excavation of an Iron Age site at Park Farm, Silfield, Wymondham', Norfolk Archaeology XLII, 241-82.


  • 'Excavations at Salter's Lane, Longham, 1990: Neolithic and Bronze Age features and finds', Norfolk Archaeology XLIII, 1-31.


  • 'Studying Iron Age settlement in Norfolk', in J. Davies and T. Williamson (eds), Land of the Iceni: the Iron Age of Northern East Anglia, 100-24. Norwich: Centre of East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia.
  • 'The Launditch and its Setting. Excavations at the Launditch, Beeston with Bittering, and Iron Age features and finds from its vicinity', Norfolk Archaeology XLIII, 217-56 (with M. Flitcroft).


  • Excavations on the Norwich Southern Bypass, 1989-91. Part I: Excavations at Bixley, Caistor St Edmund and Trowse, Norfolk, East Anglian Archaeology 91 (with S.J. Bates).


  • 'Middleton Mount. Excavations in the Eastern Bailey of Middleton Castle, 1987', Norfolk Archaeology XLIII, 645-55.
  • 'Exploring Bronze Age Norfolk: Longham and Bittering', in J. Brück (ed.), Bronze Age Landscapes: Tradition and Transformation, 23-32. Oxford: Oxbow.


  • 'Prehistoric pottery', in M. Brennand and M. Taylor, 'The survey and excavation of a Bronze Age timber circle at Holme next the Sea, Norfolk, 1998-9', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 69, 1-85


  • 'Site 69' (with P.A. Rahtz and L. Watts), in P.A. Rahtz and L. Watts, Wharram: A Study of Settlement on the Yorkshire Wolds IX. The North Manor Area and North-East Enclosure (York University Archaeological Publications 11), 103-9.


  • An Historical Atlas of Norfolk, 3rd edition. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. (editor, with Alan Davison)


  • 'A possible henge monument at Costessey', Norfolk Archaeology XLV, 95-7


  • 'Hearth and home in prehistoric Norfolk', Journal of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Group 3, 5-28


  • 'Excavations at Crow Hall Park, London Road, Downham Market, 1999-2000' (several contributions within excavation report by G. Trimble and J. Percival), Norfolk Archaeology XLV, 293-336


  • Bacton to King's Lynn Gas Pipeline Volume 1: Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval Archaeology, by T. Wilson, D. Cater, C. Clay and R. Moore, East Anglian Archaeology 145 (several contributions within multi-author excavation report)
  • 'Art, Spirit and Ancient Places in Norfolk', in M. Thofner, E. Mellings and T.A. Heslop (eds), Art, Faith and Place in East Anglia from Prehistory to the Present (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer), 287-97