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Jeremy K Knight F.S.A. 106th President


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Jeremy Knight was born in Caerleon in the 1930's. He was educated at Charles Williams Endowed School and later Jone's West Monmouth Grammar School and as a schoolboy he dug under Victor Nash Williams at Caerleon. From 1954-57 he attended University College Cardiff, graduating with an honours degree in Archaeology.

Leaving university Jeremy taught briefly outside London before joining the Ministry of Works (the forerunner of English Heritage) in 1960 as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments, based in London. In 1965 he transferred to Wales and, on regionalisation of the Inspectorate in 1969 became Inspector for Wales.

From the 1960s until 1981 he undertook excavations at Montgomery Castle and from the late 1960s to early 1970s dug at St Baruch's Chapel on Barry Island, Tintern, Skenfrith, Brecon Castle and Tre Oda castle mound in Whitchurch, Cardiff. At Blaenafon he set up a small research team to produce data to inform the Cadw conservation of the site and its opening and display to the public. and wrote the book Blaenavon-From Iron Town to World Heritage Site. His final project before retirement was to schedule a carefully selected group of World War II monuments. He has written a large number of publications (books and leaflets) on historical welsh buildings

Jeremy was a founder member and long-serving Chairman of the Welsh Medieval Pottery Research Group and was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1976

His final project before retirement was to schedule a carefully selected group of World War II monuments. In retirement from Cadw in 1996 he now spends his time writing books.

Jeremy was a founder member and long-serving Chairman of the Welsh Medieval Pottery Research Group and was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1976. He is currently President of the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association and Past President of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and recalls that one of the joys of being President of Cardiff Naturalists' Society was that you inevitably appeared in the Echo as President of the Cardiff Naturists!

Author of around 100 articles, excavation reports and official guidebooks and a number of books including: -

  1. The End of Antiquity: Archaeology, Society and Religion in Western Europe 235-700 (1999, second edition 2007)
  2. Roman France: An Archaeological Field Guide (2001)
  3. Civil War and Restoration in Monmouthshire (2005)
  4. South Wales from the Romans to the Normans: Christianity, Literacy and. Lordship (2013)
  5. Blaenavon : From Iron Town to World Heritage Site (2016)

Selection of Jeremy Knight publications

Selection of Jeremy Knight publications



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