Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol
Alexander studied geography at the University of Exeter, followed by an MSc in Archaeology at the University of Oxford, which included research on the reconstruction of past human-environment interactions through the analysis of archaeological and palaeoecological data. He then spent two years working in commercial archaeology. As a geophysical survey assistant, a finds processor and, more recently, a field archaeologist, Alexander worked on sites throughout England and Wales, ranging from Mesolithic flint scatters to 18th century landscape garden architecture. These activities fostered a strong interest in the nature and implications of the relationship between human activity and the physical environment, particularly regarding fluvial and coastal landscapes characterized by their dynamism and their support for human activities for hundreds of thousands of years.
Alexander is intimately acquainted with the Severn and its hinterland, having been raised on the Cotswold escarpment overlooking the river’s lower reaches. When he’s not contemplating human relations with the Severn – including, not least, the potential implications, for the river and its people, of the construction of a tidal barrage across its mouth – he can be found exploring the West Country, on foot or by mountain bike. When indoors, he can be found improvising on the guitar, listening nostalgically to an array of ‘90s grunge, folk rock and Brit Pop, sketching and painting, and waxing lyrical about the best place to a find a decent cappuccino.