The Times was interested to hear more about Owen’s job as a commercial archaeologist for its regular ‘At the coalface’ feature, which appears in its business pages. It published a half-page article on Owen’s career progression from getting an archaeology degree to getting a job at RSK, on 20 August.
Owen’s passion for his occupation shines through the piece. He has plenty of stories to share, including his work as part of the team that identified the furnace in which the process that made Sheffield steel famous was invented. He told The Times “The company redesigned the office it was building into an H shape so the flue could remain below ground, and then it installed a glass floor to a small area of the car park so it became a feature.”
Other exciting jobs for Owen include his first archaeological excavation job of a Bronze Age roundhouse on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides where the team found human remains that had been mummified in peat for centuries before being buried beneath its floor; and working in Orkney, where he has spent many summers doing research work.
However, as the article points out, a commercial archaeologist’s role is not always about “Indiana Jones-style discoveries”. In Owen’s words: “The best site for us is an empty site. It means it is a good place for a development. It doesn’t make for a great story down the pub, but it’s still a job well done.”