Our Company History

Who We Are

JB Archaeology Ltd are locally based in North Yorkshire working across much of the North-East. We have 30 years experience in a wide range of archaeological settings and have the contacts within the archaeological community to any resources that are not available in house. JB Archaeology Ltd undertakes all aspects of archaeological works both as part of planning and listed building consent requirements and for various community and school groups.

Our History

JB Archaeology Ltd was established in 2004 as an independent archaeological contractor based in North Yorkshire. Prior to this John had had a varied career in archaeology starting, initially, as a volunteer on the 'Mary Rose' project. He has also worked for the Environmental Archaeology Section of Museum of London and The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, where he was as part of the team responsible for the creation of a maritime aspect of the National Monuments Record.

Moving to North Yorkshire in 1994, John undertook various contracts for Cleveland Archaeology on the maritime archaeology of the North-East and gained his Masters at Bradford University in 1998. He then worked as a Project Manager until setting up JB Archaeology Ltd in 2004.

During his career John has worked as an excavator and supervisor on a wide range of sites both rural and urban, which include various roles from excavator to Project Director on 30 historic wreck sites (12th to 20th century) in Britain and Eire. As well as working in commercial archaeology, he has also taken an active role in teaching adult evening classes in archaeology and voluntary societies. He has taught GCSE and A level archaeology and specialist courses at the Universities of Bradford and Hull. John was the Site Director for the St Aidans Project, winner of the Pitt-Rivers Award for the Best Volunteer Project in the British Archaeology Awards 2000.

John Buglass is a full member of the Institute for Archaeology and the Society of Biology and has obtained his City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education Teaching.

Major clients have included BBC; Department of Archaeological Science, University of Bradford; English Heritage; Harrogate Borough Council; Humber Field Archaeology; Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains; Leeds Metropolitan University; National Geographic Magazine; National Trust (Northern Region); North York Moors National Park; North Yorkshire County Council and West Yorkshire Joint Services.

John has also been involved in a number of TV programmes including BBC History Fix; Channel 4 Secrets of the Dead Series and BBC Coast.