Andy Crabb, Historic England

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Andy has been working on Dartmoor for 13 years as an archaeologist. He has a dual role for both DNPA and Historic England. His role is extremely broad but his work for Historic England focuses mainly on Heritage at Risk (H@R) work. Through a wide range of partnership working, practical volunteer projects and working with the ES schemes he has exceeded the targets for removing sites from the H@R register for the last three years. In recent years, working with the DPA, Andy has managed an award winning archaeological conservation project repairing Dartmoor’s prehistoric cairns, organised successful community excavations at North Hall manor in Widecombe and is currently setting up an “adopt a site” project that will engage local conservation groups to manage at risk sites in the MTMTE area.

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Last update: 02 Feb 2017 9:53am