Richard Benjamin Allen

    Research Technician 



Tel: (44) 1904 328806 Bio

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Richard graduated from Durham in 2004 with a BSc honors degree in Ecology having written his undergraduate dissertation on Phytoremediation and Soil Toxicity. Before joining the Archaeology Department at York, Richard worked for two years as a technician at Lincs Lab, a UKAS accredited civil engineering laboratory run by Lincolnshire County Council.

His duties are to assist with the smooth operation of the laboratories both on Campus and at King's Manor, whilst providing advice, provision, and technical support to the research activities of the department.

Richard is currently enrolled on the MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and is hoping to specialise in the revived application of traditional construction techniques; in particular the use of unfired earth in both modern buildings and restorations.

His areas of interest include: - ancient civilisations, chemistry, earth construction techniques, geology, geotechnics, horticulture, human evolution, metallurgy, neolithic farming, palaeoecology, plant development and physiology, taxonomy, and the traditional uses of plants.