Archaeology and Economic Development 2012

Dr. Gerry Wait

Dr. Gerry Wait has 30 years of experience as an archaeologist and heritage resource preservation specialist. He is currently a director of Nexus Heritage – an organization providing heritage resources management services worldwide.

Dr.Wait is an expert in conservation and management planning, heritage site management and interpretation for the general public. He has prepared conservation and/or management plans for over 50 historical period and heritage sites in North America, the U.K, Romania, Ireland, Egypt, Lebanon and China.

He is currently principal investigator for the intangible cultural heritage component of the Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) being prepared for the proposed Sabodala gold mine in Senegal, and is principal heritage advisor for proposed iron mines in Sierra Leone, a gold mine in Burkino Faso, and on a copper-gold project in Mongolia at Oyu Tolgoi.

Dr Wait has recently been re-elected as Honorary Chair of the UK’s Institute for Archaeologists, a post he will hold until October 2012, and in which capacity he has an on-going advocacy role on UK heritage legislation and policy.

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