Dr. Neil Phillips MCIfA
Neil has been active in archaeology since 1997, completing his 1st degree in 1999, followed by a research Ph.D. in 2004. His Ph.D. focused on castles of the southern March of Wales and involved a considerable amount of survey work; eventually proposing a viable alternative for the dating and interpretation of earthwork castles of the Norman period.
His favored period is the Palaeolithic, an interest that he has pursued not only in Wales but also Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco; working for The National History Museum, The National Museum of Wales and Oxford Brookes University.
Over the intervening years, involvement in commercial archaeology has familiarised Dr. Phillips with a range of archaeological periods from Mesolithic to WW2, however the bias, in S Wales at least, tends towards either Roman or Industrial.
Since 2016, Dr Phillips has held the highest membership level (MCIfA) of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).
Dr. Phillips is at present directing the 2nd decade of a research excavation on a previously unknown phase of Post-medieval charcoal ironworking within the Wye Valley.