Robert Waterhouse FSA has been the Société Jersiaise's Field Archaeologist since 2010, filling a long-desired need for a full-time archaeologist in the island.
He works with the Archaeology Section of the Société, carrying out excavations, building surveys and other fieldwork. This includes Société-driven projects, such as research into the island's rich heritage of medieval and post-medieval standing buildings. He carries out commercial archaeology, including desk based assessments, evaluations, watching briefs and standing building surveys. He is also encouraged to carry out personal research into specific aspects of Jersey's past. This has included topics as diverse as church archaeology, 16th century field guns, medieval fish traps, Merovingian sarcophagi, Bronze Age hoards and 19th century mining and quarrying.
Since 2012, he has been researching later Prehistoric and Gallo-Roman settlement, with geophysical surveys, fieldwalking and excavation at two settlement sites in St Clement and Grouville parishes. He is currently gathering evidence for prehistoric field systems in the island, and carrying out a detailed survey of the island's medieval churches. He is also a recorder with the island's metal detecting community, recording and publishing significant finds of metalwork and other artefacts in the annual Bulletin of the Société Jersiaise.