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Matt Nicholas

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Research field: Humanities - Archaeology
Medieval archaeology
Museum archaeology
Material culture


Biographical Information

Matt Nicholas, once described as the Freddy Mercury of archaeometallurgy, is a connoisseur of post-medieval antimony smelting slag and PhD student at Cardiff University studying early medieval non-ferrous metal work. He fell in love with early medieval archaeology when he was lucky enough to get his first job excavating an Anglo Saxon cemetery at Whitby Abbey. Subsequently he studied for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford (2000-4) before working in commercial archaeology for a few years. After getting bored of pipelines he studied for an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Material at UCL (2007-8) then proceeded to spend two years employed at the Pitt Rivers Museum (where he didn't stab himself with a poisoned arrow and only broke one object). He doesn't like pickled beetroot.


Professional Experience

2013 - Present
Exploring the Past Archaeology Tutor at Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Dec 2013 - Feb 2014
SIte co-director (Kurgus fieldwork project) at Sudan Archaeological Research Society
Khartoum, Sudan
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Student Demonstrator and Tutorial Assistant at Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Oct 2008 - Sep 2010
Archive Archaeologist (IfA WLB) at Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Jul 2007 - Sep 2007
Field Archaeologist at MoLAS
Bath, United Kingdom
Mar 2007 - Jul 2007
Field Archaeologist at Cotswold Archaeology
Brecon, United Kingdom
Dec 2006 - Jan 2007
Excavator at Sudan Archaeological Research Society
Ad Doma, Sudan
Sep 2006 - Nov 2006
Field Archaeologist at Archaeological Solutions
Maldon, United Kingdom
Mar 2006 - Sep 2006
Field Archaeologist at ULAS
Leicester, United Kingdom
Dec 2005 - Feb 2006
Excavator at Sudan Archaeological Research Society
Ad Doma, Sudan
Jul 2004 - Nov 2005
Field Archaeologist at Archaeological Solutions
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Apr 2003 - Sep 2003
Trainee Historic Environment Records Assistant at Somerset County Council
Taunton, United Kingdom
Oct 2002 - Mar 2003
Trainee Archaeologist with the Technology Team at Centre for Archaeology, English Heritage
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Jul 2000 - Aug 2000
Trainee Archaeologist at English Heritage
Whitby, United Kingdom

Oct 2010 - Aug 2013
Cardiff University in Cardiff, United Kingdom
PhD in early medieval non ferrous metals
Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
University College London in London, United Kingdom
MSc Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
University of Bradford in Bradford, United Kingdom
BSc Archaeological Sciences

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