Op NIGHTINGALE started more than 5 years ago in 2012 and since then has won several national awards for its work. Check out the awards we have won HERE
It all started when a group of army personal were employed to recover archaeological material from Badger Setts at the Chisenbury Midden on Salisbury Plain. This work was supervised by Sgt Diarmaid Walshe and Richard Osgood. Also invited along to view the proceedings was Time Team’s Dr Phil Harding. As the number of projects grew and diversified the creation of the Defence Archaeology Group was naturally developed. The official formation of the Defence Archaeology Group was completed on 28th September 2012 when Dr Phil Harding and Surgeon Commodore Peter Buxton were invited to the cabin of HMS Victory to sign the ‘Visitors Book’ to record the event.
The Defence Archaeology Group facilitates Wounded, Injured and Sick servicemen / women from the Armed Forces, along with Reserves and Veterans on Op NIGHTINGALE collaborations. Although independent from the Ministry of Defence, it has well established links with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (which is the principal archaeology stakeholder for Defence Estates). It has several serving Military personnel, who volunteer and directly support the DAG as Project Co-
(Senior Officer of Defence Archaeology Group)
As the Director of the Defence Archaeology Group, Peter provides overall leadership and counsel to the various Op NIGHTINGALE collaborations and presides over the governance of DAG through its quarterly board meetings. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and, after 36 years’ service, has recently retired as Surgeon Commodore Medical Director General (Naval) of the Royal Navy. He has participated in several archaeological excavations in this country and abroad. Whilst his principal interest is landscape archaeology his trowel has seen plenty of use as well. He is particularly interested in the Iron Age and Early Mediaeval archaeology of north-