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I am Head of Archaeology and Head of the Centre for Applied Archaeology in the School of Enivronment Life Sciences. I have over 29 years experience as a professional archaeologist. This includes undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in Industrial Archaeology, buildings archaeology and Roman Archaeology; the promotion of and research into community archaeology in the UK, and archaeological consultancy, particularly as regards recording buildings archaeologically and undertaking rescue excavations through the planning process. My special interests include the archaeology of industrialsiation and archaeological theory, buildings archaeology, community archaeology and the Romano-British landscape.
The Archaeology of the Industrial Period
I have a great and active interest in the archaeology of the industrial period and the origins of industrialisation, particularly in Britain and North West England, and how models developed here might be applicable to industrialisation in other countries, especially Europe and North America. This approach was encapsulated in the Manchester Methodology, first proposed in 1999 (Nevell & Walker 1999) and since developed as a way of organizing the landscape archaeological data for industrialisation and linking this to contemporary social structures (Nevell & Walker 2004; Nevell 2005a; Nevell 2005b; Nevell 2008 a & b; Palmer, Nevell & Sissons 2012). This has been influential in developing the social side of industrial archaeology studies. From 1990 until 2011 I ran the Tameside Archaeological Survey and the Warburton Archaeological Survey both of which have been examining the origins and development of industrialisation in two different topographical zones of Greater Manchester. The Tameside survey led to the publication of 16 local archaeology and history volumes on the borough. I have undertaken individual industrial building studies in Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, industrial period landscape surveys in Bury MBC, Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester City, Tameside MBC, and Trafford MBC and taught post-graduate and extra-mural courses on the subject. Particular interests include textiles mills, finishing works, warehousing and distribution, workers’ housing landscapes and above all the origins and process of industrialisation with its economic and social transformations. I have co-organised national Industrial Archaeology Conferences in January 2000, October 2001, August 2007, and November 2012, and atteneded international Industrial Archaeology Conferences in 2001, 2012 and 2013, and am currently Chairman of the CBA North West Industrial Archaeology Panel, co-editor of Industrial Archaeology Review - the leading international journal for Industrial Archaeology - a committee member of the Association of Industrial Archaeologists and founding editor of Industrial Archaeology North West, the first regional journal on this subject in North West England. I was co-editor of two volumes on the regional research framework for
Buildings Archaeology in the UK
My interest in buildings archaeology includes both industrial buildings (textile mills, bleaching and printworks and cornmills) and vernacular buildings (timber-framed buildings and farmsteads, and weavers’ cottages), with the emphasis on the use of social space, the recovery of a building’s function through combining both the archaeological and written record and experimenting in new forms of digital recording. I am current Chair of the IfA Buildings Archaeology special interest group. I have undertaken several landscape and thematic building research surveys from the Old Market Place in Altrincham and vernacular buildings of Dunham Massey and Warburton, to the buildings of the hatting industry in Britain, timber-framed churches in the UK, and the textile mills of Cumberland. I have produced many specialist reports on individual vernacular and industrial buildings in the North West (more than 40 individual studies of textile mills and more than 30 on timber buildings), and run conferences on buildings in 2001 and 2004 and a series of industrial buildings seminars for the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology from 2008 to 2010. I have published articles and booklets on individual buildings (Burke & Nevell 1996; Nevell 1999c; Nevell 2000a; McNeil & Nevell 2001; Nevell 2002) and I have co-authored several regional volumes on building types from hat works and timber-framed churches (Nevell & Walker 2001; Nevell & Walker 2002; Nevell & Hradil 2005a; Nevell & Hradil 2005b; Nevell with Grimsditch & King 2006; Nevell with Grimsditch & Hradil 2007) to cruck-framed buildings (2010) and castles (2012). The study of standing monuments and industrial urban landscape was central to my recently published book on the archaeology of Manchester (Nevell 2008) and to the CBA Handbook of Industrial Archjaeology, published in 2012 (Palmer, Nevell & Sissons 2012).
Thesis title ‘Settlement and Society in the
Thesis title ‘Late Prehistoric and Romano-British Settlement in North-east
External PhD examiner.
External MPhil examiner
I was an external archaeology examiner for post-graduate studies in Historic Archaeology at UCC between 2009 and 2012.
A one day national conference on the physical changes to Manchester... more >>.
Plenary lecture for the industrial archaeology and conservations session of a four day international conference.
Editorial Board member
Industrial Archaeology Review is the leading international peer-reviewed journal for Industrial Archaeology. It is published twice a year.
Member of the International Congress on Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Runner up for Best Archaeological Project 2014 (Tameside Archaeological Survey)