Birmingham's Planning Archaeologist
Dr Mike Hodder has been Birmingham City Council's Planning Archaeologist since the post was created in 1994. The post was set up with help from English Heritage who recognise the national importance of Birmingham's archaeology and the need for its proper management through the planning process. Before this, he was Sandwell Council's Borough Archaeologist.
Mike was born in Sutton Coldfield and has been involved in the archaeology of the area for many years. He took part in excavations at Castle Bromwich Castle and Wall Roman site while he was still at school. He studied archaeology at the University of Birmingham and his PhD degree was for a thesis on the archaeology of the Sutton Coldfield area.
He has worked on a wide range of archaeological sites including prehistoric burnt mounds, Sandwell Priory medieval monastery, and 17th century pottery-making sites in Wednesbury. He is also archaeological advisor to the Diocese of Birmingham, a member of English Heritages Industrial Archaeology Panel and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
In addition to archaeology as part of the planning and development process, he is particularly interested in the links between the historic and natural environments and in making information about Birmingham's archaeology accessible to as many people as possible.
Mike's book on the archaeology of Birmingham, Birmingham: The Hidden History was published in 2004.
Last Updated : 15th October 2013