Dr. George Nash
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I am currently involved in academic and commercial archaeology, employed as an Associate Archaeologist with SLR Consulting in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and responsible for SLR’s built heritage capabilities. The other half of the working week is taken-up with running the final two years of the part-time degree in archaeology at the University of Bristol.  I am also associated with several British and European institutions including Bristol, Bucharest, Mação and Trondheim.

Since 1998, I have taught a number of subjects at Bristol that include architectural and landscape theory, prehistory, excavation and planning law.  When time permits, I also involved in MA in Landscape programme and co-supervise several PhD students.  In 2009 I took an honorary position with the Museu de Arte Pré-Histórica, Mação, Portugal where I teach and undertake research and later that year I was made Associate Professor within the Faculty of Architecture at Spiru Haret University, Bucharest.

I have had a long publishing career with twenty-one authored, co-authored and edited books and over 110 papers, focusing on the European post-medieval built heritage, prehistoric mortuary architecture, and prehistoric art.  Three of his recent books: The Architecture of Death, published in 2006, The Archaeology of Fire (2007) and The Archaeology of Territoriality (2009) have each received favorable reviews.  In 2010, I was the principal editor of Early Medieval Enquiries, a book published by the Clifton Antiquarian Club.  In addition, I serve on a number of editorial boards for selective and specialised academic journals including Time & Mind (Berg).

Dr. George Nash at Long Hole, Cheddar.

Recently, I was appointed to an international team teaching and researching rock-art in south-east Asia. The first meeting in November 2008 was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, entitled: World rock-art, landscapes and creativity: recording, interpreting and protecting our global inheritance.

Over the past 20 years I have worked on a number high profile heritage projects including Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster (London) and the Neolithic passage grave of La Hougue Bie in Jersey (1994-7) and the Delancey Park gallery grave (2008 to 2011) in Guernsey (Channel Islands).  Other projects include several large medieval open-area excavations in Salisbury and Southampton and road schemes in central and northern Wales. In 2004 I was installed as Priory Archaeologist at St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny where I have undertaken three major excavations within the transept and nave areas of the church.  Between 2002 and 2005 I was the director of the Weobley Castle Project, Herefordshire, responsible for the excavation, standing building recording and publication of the project. The project was funded by the Local Heritage Initiative (LHI). For this project I was responsible for generating funding and organising the project budget.

I have also undertaken many projects outside the UK including the Vadastra Fragmentation and Experimentation Project in southern Romania (under the direction of Professor Dragos Gheorghiu).  I’m currently involved in projects in Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal and Sardinia. Research in these areas includes the study of prehistoric and contemporary art, prehistoric architecture, mortuary practices and buildings.

Concerning the role of Media ‘tart’. . . I have advised, written and presented programmes for ITV and BBC including 'Marking Time’ (ITV [HTV]), 'Monsters We Met' (BBC 2), 'Talking Landscapes' (BBC 4), 'British isles: A Natural History' (BBC 1) and recently ‘Hidden Histories’ (BBC 2).  In 2008, I researched and presented five programmes for Radio 4 entitled 'The Drawings on the Wall' which were broadcast in February 2008, 2009 and 2010 (during the General Election – Programme 5 was replaced with political punditry). A further BBC programme series entitled ‘The Early Peopling of the British Isles’ is planned for 2011, as well as a BBC Radio 4 programme on the controversial rock-art in Capivara National Park, NE Brazil.