Although the project has been going for a number of years, we’d like to use this page to give you some background information of some of us involved on the dig this year, so when you visit the site, you’ll know who you are talking to!
Prof. Julian Thomas
Prof. Thomas is based at the University of Manchester where he has been since 1999. He is a specialist in Neolithic Britain and has written extensively on the subject. Julian has led research excavations in Southwest Scotland, including a large palisaded enclosure and henge at Dunragit near Stranraer. He was co-director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project between 2004-2009 where he excavated at Durrington Walls, the Greater Stonehenge Cursus and a long barrow known as Amesbury G42. Since 2010 he has been co-director of a project looking at the early Neolithic of Southwest Herefordshire. In his spare time he likes to listen to music.
Dr Keith Ray
Dr Ray was for many years, the County Archaeologist for Herefordshire. His knowledge of the archaeology of the area is extensive, and he too shares with Julian a passion for the Neolithic. During his career, Keith has been involved in community projects, conservation work and historic asset management. He was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his services to Archaeology. He is now a consultant with Nexus Heritage.
Dr Nick Overton
Nick is an archaeologist with a particular interest in the relationships between humans and animals in the past. He has experience in excavating prehistoric sites, including work carried out in the Vale of Pickering and of course Starr Carr. He has been involved in the Dorstone Hill project for several years now, and is currently the supervisor in trench six.
Tim is County Archaeologist for Herefordshire. He has lived and worked in the area for many years. He has been involved in Community Projects, working with bodies such as English Heritage, The National Trust, The Woodland Trust, The Forestry Commission and Natural England. He undertakes Conservation Management Plans for archaeological sites within Herefordshire, leads a free monthly Historic Landscape Walk and undertakes lectures to local societies. He is the Assistant Director of the Dorstone Hill Project, working in partnership with The University of Manchester.
Dr Irene Garcia Rovira
Irene is an archaeologist with a special interest in the Neolithic period in Europe in general and Britain in particular. She took part in the excavations carried out as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project and has been a member of the team at Dorstone since the project began seven years ago. She was awarded her PhD in 2012 from the University of Manchester for her research into how prehistoric cultures managed their identity. She also works for Archaeology Wales.