John Henry Phillips is a professional archaeologist, historian and diver from the South-East of England, specialising in conflict history. With extensive fieldwork experience, John has excavated countless sites across the fields and forests of Europe, uncovering everything from Prehistoric tools, Roman coin hoards, Anglo Saxon warrior burials, Nazi artifacts and B17 plane wrecks. He has traveled the world uncovering forgotten stories and physical remains of past battles, from Thailand's Death Railway to the bottom of the North Sea and everywhere in between. He has been featured in countless magazines, newspapers and podcasts, made 14 appearances across various BBC platforms (including as a studio guest on BBC News), been promoted by the University of Leicester as a 'graduate success story' and appeared as a guest on BBC One's leading chat show 'The One Show'.
John has written for VICE, War History Online, Freemasonry Today, Rock Sound and contributed cover articles to Military History Monthly. He is signed to The Science Factory literary agency, represented by Jeff Shreve, and is currently working on his debut book The Sea Is Never Still.
Passionate about promoting history and discovery to his own generation, John has built up a large following on Instagram and is often asked to guest on global brand's own accounts; most notably taking over the Instagram of PADI, the world's largest scuba diving organisation, for 24 hours.
In 2017, John founded and served as lead archaeologist on the H.M.L.C.H.185 shipwreck expedition. The project aimed to discover and record the lost shipwreck of a D-Day landing craft in the English Channel in order to bring closure to the last survivor of its sinking. John presented and co-produced the accompanying documentary No Roses On A Sailor's Grave.
John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists and sponsored by MKII Watches.
He is currently making plans to raise a German fighter plane from a river, excavate an American Half-Track from a forest in France and trace his Grandfather's route as a WW2 Commando through Malta, Sicily and Italy.