Dr Jill Eyers gave a fascinating introduction into the geological evolution of the Wooburn countryside delving into the chalk to set the scene locally and the last ice age and how it shaped the Wooburn area. Well known sites such as the local quarry, Holtspur nature reserve and a few artifacts illustrated the subject. Jill also spoke about how each wave of people from the old Stone Age to the Iron Age shaped the landscape, adding their own signature to it.
Dr Eyers is a regular contributor to archaeological television programmes as well as BBC Radio Oxford, Berkshire and London.
Jill Eyers Born in London, with an early childhood in Australia, Dr Eyers studied geology and achieved her doctorate with the Department of Earth Sciences, Open University in 1992. Since that time she has lectured part-time for several universities including Reading, Luton, Oxford and the Open University.
Her geological career has taken her to many parts of the world with projects in Brazil and Turkey being particularly exciting. However, most of her professional work occurred in the UK as a freelance geological consultant specialising in site work relating to interpreting ancient environments.
More recently her geological expertise has been put to good use giving advice, geological interpretations and training for archaeologists. This work became so successful and enjoyable that in 2006 she set up her own business 'Chiltern Archaeology'. A variety of interesting projects culminated in a recent investigation into a Roman villa in Hambleden, Bucks. The results of this project went world-wide and were broadcast on BBC television's Digging for Britain and have resulted in several professional papers.