Professor Geoffrey Wainwright

Professor Geoffrey Wainwright

Professor Geoff Wainwright was born in Pembrokeshire and studied in Cardiff and London. He was a Professor of Archaeology in India before becoming Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage. The many excavations he has led in England and Wales include Stonehenge, Durrington Walls, and Woodhenge. On leaving English Heritage in 1999, Geoff set up a field project in North Pembrokeshire – in partnership with Professor Tim Darvill of the University of Bournemouth – to investigate why the bluestones were brought from Preseli in Pembrokeshire to Wiltshire to build a monument at Stonehenge. He is the author of over 100 books and articles and has held a number of honorary positions, including Presidencies of the Society of Antiquaries, the Prehistoric Society and the Cambrian Archaeological Association. The British Academy has awarded Geoff the Grahame Clark Medal for contributions to the study of British Prehistory and he is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.