James joined Oxford Archaeology in 2005, and has been a Project Officer since 2013.
James leads evaluations and excavations on site. He also specialises Historic Building recording. Drawing on a former career as a professional photographer, James does a great deal of photographic work, including photogrammetry, finds and publication photographs.
James makes a major contribution to community archaeology projects at Oxford Archaeology East. Some major projects have included a large Heritage Lottery funded community excavation of a Roman villa at Itter Cresent, Peterborough, and also excavation of a Spitfire from Holme Fen in conjunction with the MoD’s Operation Nightingale.
Ben graduated from Reading University in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology. He joined Oxford Archaeology in 1996, and serves as a Senior Project Manager and Term Contract Manager for the Historic Royal Palaces. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Ben has particular strengths in the management, organisation, execution and delivery of large and medium scale excavation and post-excavation projects on urban, and built environment sites where archaeological work has to dovetail with that of demolition/remediation and construction contractors. He has a good understanding of how archaeology relates to, and affects, other disciplines, and can communicate well with all project stakeholders, such as engineers, architects, local authorities, and English Heritage.
His many years in the profession allow him to be highly versatile, maintain a clear focus on the implications of time and budgetary constraints, and deliver high quality from a project’s conception to its completion.
Senior Project Manager
Deirdre holds a BA in Archaeology from University College, Cork, and an MA in Buildings Archaeology from the University of York. She has been with the buildings department at OA since 2008 and in this time has contributed to many of the department's important conservation management plans, and carried out extensive archaeological surveys at sites such as the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
Stuart graduated from from Durham University in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (MCIfA). He joined Oxford Archaeology in 1997 after an early career as a field archaeologist in Essex and elsewhere in the UK.
His range of experience includes environmental impact assessments, field surveys, evaluations, excavations and building recording. He has training and experience in expert witness work and extensive practical experience of designing mitigation and preservation schemes, including codes of construction practice. He is particularly experienced in managing archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation projects on major transport infrastructure schemes, such as OA's commitment to High Speed 1, the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens Roadscheme, and the London Gateway Port.
Rachel has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2000 following a career change from pharmaceutical research. As an archaeobotanist, Rachel specialises in the identification and interpretation of charred, mineralised and waterlogged plant remains and she has worked on assemblages of all periods from numerous sites in the East of England, resulting in extensive regional knowledge. Rachel has a particular interest in cereal cultivation, processing and brewing and related experimental archaeology.
Rachel is a member of the Association of Environmental Archaeologists and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Hayley (Hayley) Foster
Hayley joined OA East in 2017 as our Zooarchaeologist. Hayley graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), an MA in Osteoarchaeology from University of Southampton and a PhD from the University of Exeter. Her PhD research involved studying butchery practices and dining habits from medieval castle faunal assemblages. Hayley has worked as a Zooarchaeologist since 2007 in Ireland, Turkey and the UK.
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