After working in commercial archaeology for 10 years Emily returned to education in 2007 to pursue an MA in Historical Archaeology at Bristol University. Since 2001 she also been involved on research excavations in southern Albania, at the World Heritage Site of Butrint. Through spending a large amount of time out there digging up the Hellenes and the Romans, Emily became interested in the more recent past of a country which was so different to the Britain that she grew up in. Emily used this interest to focus her MA dissertation on the Cold War mushroom-shaped bunkers which continue to litter the landscape of Albania and examine their socialist and post-socialist materialities. She has recently expanded the scope of this research for the purposes of her PhD at Bristol to include other sites of Albania’s heavily defended southern border and will focus on the reuse and reinterpretation of these tangible elements of Socialism. In addition to this research she has worked on conflict-related archaeological excavations in Belgium and Slovenia.