Unearthing something special.
Radio engineers normally spend their time with their head in the air but ATDI’s new lead engineer has his feet on the ground – and under it, too.
Simon Parsons is also an archaeological geophysicist who has found Iron Age and Roman farmsteads and a Saxon ironworking settlement around his home village in Cambridgeshire, and brought some fame to the area as a result.
Simon joins ATDI after working with the Radiocommunications Agency – the precursor to Ofcom – and the UK energy industry’s Joint Radio Company where he was a radio spectrum manager and the organisation’ IT Manager, both using and supporting ATDI’s software suite.
But when he’s not working with waves going through the air, he turns to spectrum that penetrates beneath his feet. In 2011, Simon joined Jigsaw, a Lottery funded community archaeology project run by professional archaeologists in Cambridgeshire. This opened the way for him to develop his expertise with magnetometry and resistivity equipment, with the result that he was invited to train others and help with several projects across the county. “Part of my work with the Radiocommunications Agency was to go out and do radio field strength measurements,” he says. Doing magnetometer and resistivity measurements was very much the same thing, but in a different medium, so I felt quite at home undertaking such surveys.”
His success with geophysical surveys has led to his village obtaining its own Lottery funding, enabling the village to invite professional archaeologists, some of whom were members of Channel 4’s Time Team series, to help discover the village’s past. “It’s very exciting – and you never know what you’re going to find next,” Simon notes