Thursday, October 20th 2016 marks the inaugural talk of Glasgow Archaeological Society's 2016-2017 lecture series.
Starting at 7.30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow, Professor Tony Pollard will give an illustrated talk about the 2015 excavations carried out at the site of the Battle of Waterloo. Lectures are free and open to all.
About the Lecturer
Professor Tony Pollard is an Archaeologist specialising in the archaeology of conflict. He is Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University. He was the co-presenter of the BBC series Two Men in a Trench and co-founder of the Journal of Conflict Archaeology.
Tony was born in Macclesfield in the north of England in 1965, though he moved to Oban on the west coast of Scotland in the late 1970s. He studied archaeology at Glasgow University and after graduating stayed on to do a PhD on prehistoric hunter gatherers. After obtaining his PhD in 1995 he spent two years living in Brighton while working for the field archaeology unit of University College London. In 1997 he returned to Glasgow to work for Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). Following a first visit to South Africa in 1999 he carried out a project investigating battlefields from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. In 2000 he co-organised, with Phil Freeman of Liverpool University, the first ever international conference on Battlefield Archaeology. He then went on to make two series of Two Men in a Trench which introduced the public to the archaeology of British battlefields.
The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology was founded in 2006 and Tony appointed its Director. Since then the Centre has gone on to offer the world's first post-graduate course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. Tony has carried out numerous projects which include the examination of battlefields in Scotland (including Culloden and Bannockburn) and those in England and Europe. He led the investigation of British and Australian mass graves from World War I at Fromelles in France.
More recently, in “Waterloo Uncovered”, and in conjunction with Archaeologists across Europe and the Centre for Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology, Tony sought to unearth the history of the Battle of Waterloo on its’ 200 years anniversary. British army veterans and serving soldiers, some wounded in recent campaigns, also worked alongside archaeologists from the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Germany at Hougoumont Farm. The Coldstream Guards defended the site during the famous battle of 18 June 1815.
Tony has written numerous papers and articles on archaeology and military history and edited several books on subjects as diverse as the early prehistory of Scotland and the archaeology of death. Along with Neil Oliver he wrote the two books accompanying the Two Men in a Trench programmes.