Jim Knowles: Trust Archaeologist and Secretary of West Lothian Archaeological Trust
Jim's first degree is in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Bradford with special interest in Archaeology, geophysics and kite aerial photography and later undertook a postgraduate degree in computing.
Jim has worked as a professional archaeologist for a number of years. His varied career has undertaken all aspects of archaeological field work across many different areas; including prehistoric, battlefield and industrial archaeology. Jim has a specialist knowledge of archaeological prospection, including the use of magnetic, earth resistance, ground penetrating radar and chemical methods to detect and identify archaeological areas of interest. He also has a strong interest in scientific analysis including chemical and metallurgical aided by computer programming including 3D modelling, database manipulation, spatial information use and programming.
Since leaving the professional world of archaeology Jim has taken up employment as a support worker for autistic adults (http://www.autisminitiatives.org/) across the West Lothian region and continues his interest in archaeology and related subjects through the community group's activities.
Continuing to work part time as a consultant archaeo-geophysicist to an energy company based in the west of Scotland.