Dr. Michael Nevell

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room LG19

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Current positions

Head of Archaeology


I’m a landscape archaeologist with more than 29 years’ experience in archaeology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher. My research interests include the archaeology of industrialization, community archaeology and historic buildings. I have written extensively on industrial and landscape topics and several of my books have won awards from the Libraries Association and the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Before joining Salford in 2009 I was director of the University of Manchester Archaeology Unit and worked extensively in the archaeology profession. Since 2009 I have run the Centre for Applied Archaeology, an academic enterprise centre which focusses on industry links, consultancy, and community engagement.

I have run several major landscape projects, including the Tameside Archaeological Survey, from 1990 to 2012, the Warburton Archaeological Survey from 1996 to 2015, and the community-archaeology project Dig Greater Manchester from 2011 to 2016.  I am currently involved in a European-funded research project, STORM, developing early warning hazard systems and new disaster management protocols for the protection of cultural heritage sites.

From 2010 to 2017, I was co-editor of the international journal Industrial Archaeology Review, and I was Chair of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Buildings Archaeology special interests group from 2011 to 2017. Since 2013 I have been a Trustee for the Council for British Archaeology and in 2017 I took up the chairmanship of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. I have been an external examiner for the University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham and the University College Cork, Eire.


I am a post-graduate supervisor, and at undergraduate level teaching an industrial archaeology module for the Geography BA Hons degree. I will be leading the archaeology teaching on the new degree in Archaeology and Geography with Professional practice from September 2017. I also have extensive experience of extra-mural teaching and training in archaeology.

Research Interests

My particular interests include industrial archaeology, buildings archaeology, heritage disaster management, landscape visualization, archaeological theory and community involvement. I have written extensively about industrial archaeology, landscapes and theory.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BA (Hons) Ancient History & Archaeology 1984
  • MPhil in Archaeology 1986
  • DPhil in Archaeology 1992


  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
  • Council for British Archaeology Trustee
  • Chair of the Association for Industrial Archaeology