Key Personalities

Honorary President

Well known to all fans of Time Team, Phil has been the Honorary President of the Defence Archaeology Group since its formal foundation which took place in Admiral Lord Nelson’s cabin on HMS Victory. As well as providing advice, Phil plays an active part in many of the excavations.


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-west Europe.