Cultural heritage is critical to our understanding of who we are, and where we might dream of going. I am an archaeologist using the past to try and make a better future.

I am currently the chief executive of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust - a not-for-profit charity which provides a complete archaeological and cultural heritage service across an archaeologically-rich and topographically-varied 8,000 square kilometres of Wales. Some of this work is funded by Cadw, the Welsh Government's heritage agency. The Trust also earns income from its commercial archaeological consulting and contracting practice which operates throughout Wales, and across the midlands and north-west of England.

Previous - and sometimes concurrent - roles have included: cultural heritage consultant, university lecturer, manager of archaeology and monuments in a World Heritage Site, museum archaeologist, archaeological project manager and field archaeologist.

This is my personal website and blog. It provides an outline of my career, highlights some areas of professional interest and expertise, and contains details of academic publications and conference presentations. There are also some very occasional blog posts.

In my spare time I enjoy walking and cycling through the beautiful and varied landscapes of Shropshire and mid-Wales, photography, doing random creative DIY, gardening and tinkering with bicycles.

Paul Belford