College: College of Humanities
Philip studied archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in the mid-1980s, followed by a period as a field archaeologist with the Museum of London’s Departments of Urban Archaeology and Greater London Archaeology (DUA & DGLA), until the economic recession of 1990 put paid to stable, archaeological employment. Between then and 1994 Philip worked for a number of archaeology units in the UK (Hertfordshire, Canterbury, Essex, Suffolk and Carlisle), on several archaeological expeditions in the Near East, and undertook an MA at the Institute of Archaeology (1991-92), specialising in the petrographic analysis of pottery, specifically of the Arabian Peninsula in the early Islamic period.
Following participation on the 1994 excavation season of the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (School of Oriental and African Studies), Philip returned to the Museum of London field archaeology unit (renamed MoLAS) in the summer of that year, where he remained for the next nine years, mainly as a Senior Archaeologist but also as Acting Project Manager. During that time, he was on the supervisory teams of two particularly prominent, deeply stratified, excavations in the City of London, at Number One Poultry (1994-1996) and Plantation Place (1999-2001), being involved in the post-excavation analysis and publications programmes for both. Philip was also a Post Excavation Project Officer for work undertaken by MoLAS on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL).
Leaving full-time archaeology in 2003 to train as a Chartered Surveyor, Philip continued to work on the publications programme for Number One Poultry, being joint Principal Author of the monograph on the Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval sequences of this and a number of nearby smaller excavations in the City of London, which was published in 2011. The monograph included a number of thematic studies, such as the development of the Cheapside area of the City, the construction of Saxon and medieval vernacular buildings, economic production and consumption in the City and a further study on the small parish church of St Benet Sherehog, destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
Philip also has a long standing interest in the archaeology of South West Britain, particularly of the early medieval period, and in 2012 registered for a part-time MPhil/PhD degree with the University of Exeter to pursue this interest further. Philip will be looking at medieval rural settlement and agricultural land use patterns in the South West Peninsula, with a particular emphasis on exploring whether differences emerged between Cornwall and Devon in terms of the historic landscape and to seek to understand the processes which underlay the evolution of the rural landscape across the two counties. The study area will span east Cornwall and west Devon, centred on the Tamar Valley, and it is envisaged that patterns of settlement and agricultural land use through the medieval period may be better understood as a result.