Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

After graduating with a BSc degree in Mining Geology from Imperial College London he had a thirty-five year career with Pilkington NSG, the international glass company, at their European Research Centre. He was chief geologist and head of the Raw Materials and Glass Compositions Department, responsible for sourcing raw materials and developing glass compositions for flat galss manufacture in over 20 countries. In 2012 he took early retirement and undertook a PhD in archaeology on the Bronze Age copper mine at the Great Orme in Wales that used his skills in geochemistry and ore geology to solve a long standing problem of tracing where all the metal went by using chemical and isotopic 'fingerprinting'. This provided strong evidence that Great Orme metal reaching from Brittany to the Baltic. Current research interests are on Bronze Age tin and gold.

Experience

  • –present
    Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool
  • 1977–2012
    Head of Raw Materials and Glass Compositions Research and Development Department, Pilkington NSG

Education

  • 2018 
    University of Liverpool, PhD Archaeology
  • 1976 
    Imperial College, University of London, BSc (Hons) First class

Publications

  • 2019
    Boom and Bust in Bronze Age Britian; major copper production from the Great Orme mine and European trade, c.11600-1400 BC, Antiquity
  • 2018
    Moving metals III: Possible origins for copper in Bronze Age Denmark based on lead isotopes and geochemistry, Journal of Archaeological Science
  • 2017
    The Great Orme Bronze Age copper mine: Linking ores to metals by developing a geochemically and isotopically defined mine-based methodology, Bibliotheca Prehistorica Hispana. Vol. XXXIII Madrid p29-47
  • 2013
    Linking Bronze Age copper smelting slags from Pentrwyn on the Great Orme to ore and metal, Historical Metallurgy 47(1) 93-110

Professional Memberships

  • CEng
  • MIMMM