Honorary President of Defence Archaeology Group
I accepted the offer to act as Honorary President having been involved in a fringe role since the start of Op NIGHTINGALE. I assume that this together with my experience as an archaeologist and my familiar face through Time Team helped ‘tick boxes’.
I have tried to keep in touch with projects as they occur, but cannot of course be involved with them extensively (As I remain a full time archaeologist), however I have visited excavations at Caerwent, Salisbury Plain (Burrow Clump, Spitfire and Perham Down) and Cyprus. In addition I have become part of the team undertaking Waterloo Uncovered for the past two years. I like to think that this involvement helps me keep in touch with projects and reassure people that I am not an inactive President. I have no military background, my father was a very reluctant soldier, but I am glad to be able to help recovery where I can.
On a broader picture I have been digging since 1966 (the year we won the World Cup!!) First as a schoolboy volunteer, then progressively through being an itinerant digger and finally being selected for a full time post in 1975 as assistant to the Wiltshire County Archaeologist (Rural) based at Devizes. This small group was amalgamated with similar groups from adjacent counties in 1979-