Chief Financial Officer
Simon unusually combines his extensive archaeological experience (graduating in Archaeology from Reading University in 1977) with his later training as a Chartered Management Accountant (qualified ACMA in 2004). He has been involved in managing archaeological organisations at a senior level for over twenty years, covering all aspects: finance, HR, IT and general administration.
Prior to taking on these non-archaeological roles, Simon was employed as a Senior Project Manager, directing major archaeological excavations and heritage management projects within the Oxford region.
Simon balances the important commercial needs of a modern organisation with a deep understanding of the passion and pursuit of archaeology within the Charity sector.
Illustrator Project Officer
Adam has worked at Oxford Archaeology North for over thirteen years as a core member of the Illustration and Publications team. He has a number of skills from manual illustration of artefacts, digital illustration and Photoshop work, and use of AutoCAD and GIS packages, to identification and analysis of early medieval artefacts and production of publication text. In this time he has produced a number of archaeological monographs, popular publications, posters, interpretation panels, museum designs, leaflets, digital content for the web, teachers packs, and schools resource boxes. Adam’s primary area of interest is the early medieval period in Britain, particularly Northern Britian, and he has a particular interest in artefacts of the period and their manufacture. He is the co-author of: 'Shadows in the Sand': A viking-age cemetery at Cumwhitton, Cumbria; the academic publication for the important Pagan inhumation cemetery at Cumwhitton, for which he was also the illustrator and typesetter. He is also actively involved in the St Michaels Church, Workington, post excavation project looking at the early medieval burials, finds, sculpture, and phases of the church.
He has also run many outreach events for OA North, including museum events for Tullie House and Carlisle Castle, schools projects and archaeology open days.
Rebecca (Becky) Peacock
Becky has worked for Oxford Archaeology as a Project Officer since 2013 and divides her time between running fieldwork projects and organising the outreach activities for the Oxford office. Most recently she worked on the outreach programme for the large Westgate Oxford development, which involved organising the popular Pop Up Museum, schools visits, open days and website.
Becky graduated with a BSc in Archaeology from Bournemouth University in 2002 and in 2000 with an HND in Practical Archaeology. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 2003 as a field archaeologist and became a supervisor in 2006. She worked on a variety of large archaeological projects, including industrial complexes in the south of Wales, the multiperiod East Kent Access Road scheme in Kent, and a WWII prisoner of war camp in Cherbourg, France. Becky worked for other archaeological companies from 2011, on a post-medieval cemetery clearance and a Environment Agency flood alleviation scheme near Chichester for Archaeology South-East, and then as a supervisor for Network Archaeology on a Mesolithic site near Gatwick airport. She is an Associate (ACIfA) of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Senior Project Manager
Tom graduated with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Liverpool in 2002. Since then he has worked in field archaeology, predominantly in the east of England. As a Project Officer he directed a wide range of fieldwork projects, including the large-scale excavations at Clay Farm, Cambridge and infrastructure projects such as the Bury St Edmunds to Thetford Anglian Water Pipeline. His main research interest lies in landscape archaeology, particularly how landscapes developed and changed during prehistory.
Since 2015 Tom has been a Senior Project Manager, initially in fieldwork, overseeing several large excavations in East Anglia including the Norwich NDR road scheme, and is now part of the post-excavation team at OA East. In addition to his role at OA East, Tom has excavated in Israel and Egypt and has been involved long term with the Blick Mead research project, a Mesolithic site near Stonehenge. Tom is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Senior Project Manager
Jane has worked for OA’s Historic Buildings department since 2003 and specialises in the recording and interpretation of industrial and military structures.
She graduated from Birmingham University in 1996 in social and economic history, and then in 1998 completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology at Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. Jane has since completed a Masters degree in Industrial Archaeology at Birmingham University.
Since joining OA, Jane has undertaken a wide range of building recording and industrial archaeology projects. Jane specialises in the characterisation of military landscape, working at former RAF Upper Heyford and MOD Corsham, among other sites. Jane has also prepared conservation plans, rapid assessments of the significance of structures to inform planning applications, and environmental impact assessments, and carried out work on industrial landscapes.
Cynthia graduated from Bristol University with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Geology, followed by an MSc in Archaeology from University of London Institute of Archaeology, whilst Research Assistant to Prof Barry Cunliffe at Oxford University. This led to period a working with Professor Cunliffe on Danebury and Danebury Environs Project, together with research projects in France and Spain. During this time Cynthia developed an expertise in ceramic building material, fired clay and associated structures, such as kilns and furnaces.
Her first encounter with developer-led archaeology was with Bath Archaeological Trust, and she joined the post-excavation department of Oxford Archaeology in 2005. Cynthia contributes to site assessments and analysis, as well as provides specialist reports on ceramic building material of all periods and advice in the field on specialised structures, most recently for the limekiln and brick clamps associated with Henry VIII’s palace of Beaulieu in Essex for OA East.
Chief Business Officer
Dan has worked for OA since 1992, starting as a volunteer and working his way up the fieldwork ranks. He has extensive experience of project management and the pursuit of new contracts, gained from his years as a Senior Project Manager and then as head of the OA South Fieldwork and Contracts teams. As CBO, he is responsible for operations company-wide, ensuring quality and compliance across all OA projects. He also leads on business development.
Dan is also responsible for Health and Safety at OA. He is a Technical Member of the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH). He is a Director of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and is its advisor on health and safety issues. Dan is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and also regularly advises the organisation in health and safety matters, as well as being a member of its Registered Organisations Committee. Dan is closely involved in OA’s partnerships, particularly with Pre-Construct Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, and leads on the COPA team bidding for work on Phase 1 of HS2.
Dan's main interest is in Anglo-Saxon archaeology and in particular the origins of Oxford. He is a member of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society.
Elizabeth (Liz) Popescu
Head of Post-Excavation and Publications
Liz oversees the post-excavation research and publications function at OA East. Her job is to manage all aspects of post-excavation work, including the finds, environmental and graphics teams. She also edits all of the academic and popular publications produced by the Cambridge team, ensuring that the highest academic standards are maintained and that projects are delivered on time to clients.
Liz graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and has a PhD from the University of East Anglia. She has considerable experience in managing complex projects and specialises in urban Late Saxon and medieval archaeology, with particular interest in castle and cemetery studies. She continues to excavate abroad and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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