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Phil Harding

British field archaeologist Phillip Harding has become a familiar face on the Channel 4 television series Time Team, his trademarks being his long hair, battered hat and West Country[?] accent. Trained on excavations with the Bristol University Extra Mural Department from 1966, he has been a professional archaeologist since 1971.

Born in Wiltshire, he was educated in Marlborough and worked in a puppet factory in the same town after he left school. He left his job in 1971 to work for the Southampton City Council[?] Archaeology Unit, combining this with five seasons of excavations run by the British Museum at the Neolithic flint mines of Grimes Graves[?], Norfolk. He has since been an acknowledged expert on flint-knapping[?] and has given many demonstrations around the country.

In the later 1970s he worked on excavations in Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight for the Department of the Environment[?]. In 1979 that section of the DOE became Wessex Archaeology[?], a non-profit organisation which is one of the biggest archaeological practices in the country. Phil Harding continues to work for Wessex Archaeology when not filming.

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