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Alexander Holton

Research project

Research and practical trials into the use of protective coatings on the magnesian limestone of York Minster's East Front with Lee Godfrey, carver/conservator, York Minster. Member of the Stoneyard’s East Front Progress Group (at the request of Andrew Arrol, Surveyor to the Fabric, York Minster).



2006 – 2009: AHRC-sponsored PhD student, Department of Archaeology (Incorporating the former IOAAS), University of York. Thesis due for submission and assessment in 2010.

2006 – Present: Practitioner with the Institute of Field Archaeologists (PIFA).

004 – 2005: MA (with Distinction) in the Archaeology of Buildings, University of York (AHRB funded). Training in all aspects of buildings archaeology including research skills, survey and recording methods (imaged-based and measured, e.g. rectified photography and REDM), historic buildings interpretation and presentation in CAD. Also studies in conservation, including heritage legislation and policy, conservation plans, and materials for appropriate repair. 
000 – 2003: BA (Hons.) Archaeology (with Historic Buildings) (First Class), University of Nottingham.
Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC, working towards full membership during PhD), student member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), member of the British Archaeological Association (BAA), the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Building Limes Forum.


  • Holton, A B (2006) 'The working space of the medieval master mason: the tracing houses of York Minster and Wells Cathedral' in Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Construction History Volume II, p1579-1597
  • Various bulletins in the IFA Buildings Archaeology Group news, and contributions to the Friends of York Minster Annual Reports.
Alex Holton

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Alex Holton
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 7789 902894