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Dr George Nash

Dr George Nash

Dr George Nash
BA, MPhil, DPhil NTNU

Research Fellow

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Current Research: Gestart 2013-15 [EU funded]

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Dr. George Nash is a research fellow at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol, an Associate Professor at the Museum of Prehistoric Art (Quaternary and Prehistory Geosciences Centre, Macao, Portugal and a member of the teaching staff at IPT, Tomar, Portugal. George has been a professional archaeologist for the past 25 years and has undertaken extensive fieldwork on prehistoric rock-art and mobility art in Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Norway, Sardinia, Spain and Sweden. Between 1994 and 1997 he directed excavations at the La Hougue Bie passage grave on Jersey, one of Europe’s largest Neolithic monuments and recently he directed preliminary trial excavations at Westminster Hall, London. He has also written and edited many books on prehistoric art and prehistoric monumentality including Status, Exchange and Mobility: Mesolithic Portable Art of Southern Scandinavia (1998), Signifying Place and Space: World Perspectives of Rock-art and Landscape (2000), and European Landscapes of Rock-art (2001), The Figured Landscapes of Rock-art: Looking at Pictures and Place, edited with Christopher Chippindale (2004), The Architecture of Death (2006), Art as Metaphor edited with Aron Mazel and Clive Waddington (2007) and the Archaeology of People and Territoriality (2009). In the recent past George has been involved in four major rock-art recording and interpretation projects in Penang, north-east Malaysia, the Valcamonica in northern Italy, looking at Iron Age house carvings, the megalithic rock art of the Irish Sea Province and the rock art of the Domus de Janus in Sardinia.  In Wales, he is the conveners of the Welsh Rock art Organisation (WRAO) and has coordinated and directed a project which is part of the EU's Gestart Fund (commenced in July 2013 - 400,000 Euro). In addition to fieldwork, he has also written and presented programmes on European rock-art and contemporary graffiti for BBC Radio 4.  Since 2009 he has directed three field seasons at the Neolithic gallery grave in Dalancey Park, north of St Peter Port, Guernsey and a newly discovered Neolithic Portal Dolmen in South-west Wales called Trefael. In 2014, George excavated the site of Perthi Duon in North Wales; yet another Neolithic burial-ritual monument!  In 2011 and part of his ongoing publishing commitments, George guest co-edited and published Arkeos (with Professor Luiz Oosterbeek of IPT) and was also part of an editorial team who published The Levantine Question: the rock art of the Spanish Levant (edited with José Julio García Arranz, Hipólito Collado Giraldo). From mid-2014, George undertook further fieldwork in NE Brazil, Israel, Italy and South Wales, and published chapters in several text books including the Global Encyclopaedia of Archaeology (Springer); the subject Rock art!

Apart for his academic career, George is currently part-time with SLR Consulting and is responsible for SLR’s built heritage capabilities. George has over 25 years’ experience within the heritage sector, employed by Babtie, Gifford & Partners and SLR Consulting.  He has directed and project-managed a number high profile heritage projects. His commercial experience includes the project management of the A 465 Abergavenny to Hirwaun Dualling. Since 1998 George has directed a number of research projects including large medieval open area excavations in Salisbury and Southampton and road schemes in central and northern Wales. Within the same period he was installed as Priory Archaeologist at St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny where he undertook three major excavations (between 1998 and 2004) within the transept and nave areas of the church (George still holds this post). Between 2002 and 2005 George 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).   

A similar project commenced in October 2014 and will continue to run for the next three years (entitled: The Tilley Timber Project).  This HLF granted project was confirmed in 2104. The project involves the dendrochronological analysis of 28 timber-framed buildings in North Shropshire. Over 80% of buildings, present on an estate map of 1631 survive. 50% of the results are now in and have revealed several interesting patterns in terms of the late medieval development of the village.  The HLF gave the project £65,500 (total match funding of £130,000).

Also in the news is that I am now half way through a Cadw award to sample potential applied haematite spreads using Raman Spectrometry and SEM from several caves in South Wales.  Welsh heritage agency Cadw have also awarded me a grant to sample Cathole Cave again, but this time using Raman Spectrometry, SEM, lipid analysis and Uranium Series dating methods on a large panel in the main galley. The Raman results are now in and the samples taken are haematite; next is SEM and Lipids - Onwards! 

Throughout March/April 2016 I will be engaged in fieldwork in the Golan Heights and the Central Negev of Israel - this preliminary work is in advance of a major funded project that will occur in 2017-19.  Research includes observations on schematic rock art assemblages associated with megalithic chambered tombs and on rock outcropping.  Whilst in Israel the Journal of Arid Environments will be published as a special issue on Rock art in Arid and Semiarid Regions [edited by myself and colleagues Ben Gurion University and the Antiquities Service in Israel).  In November, I will be one of four project leaders involved in an anthropological survey of the western Pacific (funded by a North American Institution and National Geographic).  It's going to a busy old year!

Breaking news, I am one of 15 World specialist invited by UNESCO to attend a specially-convened meeting to discuss conservation: The venue: Ulaabaatar, Mongolia; Late May 2016.





Up until May 2014 George was responsible for the final section of the part-time degree in Archaeological Studies.  He has now resigned from this post but continues to be a Research Fellow and Research Associate and will be teaching periodically to full-time undergradutes, prior to the closure of the Archaeology course at Bristol.


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  • Burial and Ritual deposition Neolithic and Bronze Age Prehistoric and Contemporary rock art British and European Planning Law/Legislation

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