Head of Fieldwork
David has worked as a professional archaeologist for OA since graduating from Reading University in 1996 with a first class honours degree in Archaeology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and as a Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing a portfolio of diverse projects, which currently includes one of the largest urban regeneration developments in the country and a number of significant infrastructure schemes.
David has considerable project management experience in fieldwork, post-excavation and consultancy within a commercial environment and is a flexible and adaptable manager. An adept problem solver, often formulating new strategies for excavating and recording the archaeological evidence to satisfy client requirements, he is experienced at planning archaeological investigations to coincide with the work programmes of major development projects, and is particularly accomplished at liaising and working with clients and other contractors on site. David takes pride in completing the archaeological work to a high standard while bringing projects in on time and within budget.
Nicola (Nicky) Scott
Head of Archives
Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1989 with a BA(Hons) in Anthropology. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 1989, and as Head of Archives she is responsible for ensuring all museum liaison and deposition of archives arising from all our field projects. She is a committee member of Society for Museum Archaeologists and Archaeological Archives Forum.
Nicola has managed the structuring, cataloguing and deposition of over 2000 archives, including many from large and medium scale multi-period excavation and post-excavation projects. She has a good understanding of how archaeology relates to, and affects, other disciplines, and communicates well with county and national museums and public access archaeological archive repositories including digital libraries.
Nicola has contributed to development of national archaeological archive guidance and continues to promote the importance of archaeological archives through her work with SMA.
Ruth has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2001 as a post-excavation Project Officer. As well as undertaking general post-excavation tasks, Ruth is Oxford Archaeology’s worked stone specialist, mainly working for the Oxford and Cambridge offices. She records, interprets and writes about worked stone objects of all periods and about Roman architectural stone. Ruth identifies the lithology of worked stone through thin section and hand specimen analysis. Ruth has applied these skills to the recording of standing buildings, including at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. Since 2008 Ruth has also worked as a Roman CBM specialist and is now training to record metal objects.
Ruth has a degree in Archaeology (1995) and a PhD in Archaeology and Geology (1998) from the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology (PRIS). She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). Ruth’s speciality is the study of querns and millstones (the subject of her thesis) and she carries out research in her own time, publishing her results in local and national journals. Ruth is also the editor of a book on Prehistoric Worked Stone (‘Written in Stone’ 2017).
Andrew (Andy) Simmonds
Senior Project Manager
Andy has 20 years' experience in professional archaeology and has been working in OA’s post-excavation department since 2005. His role entails managing the process of analysis and dissemination of the data produced by fieldwork projects, culminating in the publication of a final report as either a monograph or a journal article.
Major projects that he has been involved in include a Roman villa on the outskirts of Cirencester at Kingshill South, a late Roman cemetery at Lankhills School, Winchester, a Bronze Age barrow at Emmets Post, Dartmoor, and a multi-period excavation in advance of construction of Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Andy holds a BA (Hons) in Classical Civilization from Warwick University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Ian was first involved in archaeology at Beeston Castle, in Cheshire in 1985 and further work in the north west of England included excavations in Lancaster, twelve years as Environmental Archaeologist at the former Chester City Council, and more recently, research into cave faunas of Cumbria based at Liverpool John Moores University. He has also been involved in excavations in other parts of Britain, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory and a Masters (MSc) in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, both from Sheffield University. His specialism is the sampling, recovery, assessment and analysis of animal bone assemblages.
Kirsty graduated from the University of Reading in 2004 with a BA in Archaeology and then gained an MA in Museums and Galleries at the University of Southampton in 2007. In 2007, Kirsty started work for Canterbury Archaeological Trust as a field archaeologist on the Thanet Earth project in Kent, and from 2008 to 2014 Kirsty worked as the Assistant Curator for English Heritage at Dover Castle. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 2014 as a Project Officer within the post excavation department. She has a particular interested in medieval and post-medieval sites and using primary and secondary research to support (or contradict) findings from fieldwork and buildings surveys.
During her time at Oxford Archaeology, Kirsty has worked on Crossrail, Thameslink, Oxford Castle and Torre Abbey, among other projects. Other work for Oxford Archaeology has also included desk-based assessments, conservation management plans (including Dover Castle and St Augustine’s Abbey) and assisting with research for the buildings department on post-medieval military sites and projects.
Paul has worked full-time in professional archaeology since the late 1980s and before that studied for a degree in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford and a PhD at Bournemouth (awarded 1990). He leads the management team at OA East, and has delivered that role since 2002, spanning the acquisition of that business by OA in 2008.
Paul has managed archaeological programmes of all kinds for more than twenty years, but specializes in medieval archaeology and urban landscapes. Paul is also a medieval pottery specialist and has published widely in this area and in the study of medieval landscapes and economy. He has also been involved with the teaching of archaeology in continuing education for many years, and formerly acted as external examiner for Madingley Hall, Cambridge.
Elizabeth (Liz) Stafford
Elizabeth graduated from Cardiff University in 1994 with BA (Hons) in Archaeology. Following a period working as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial units in the north of England she joined OA in 1996. In 2000 Elizabeth undertook an MSc in geoarchaeology at the University of Reading. She currently manages Geoarchaeological Services at OA South, comprising a team of specialists whose activities include borehole and geophysical surveys with 3-D deposit modelling.
With a professional career spanning 20 years, Elizabeth has gained extensive experience in field, environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology. While working for OA, she has been involved in many developer-funded projects across the south, the Midlands, East Anglia and north-east England. She has worked on a range of multi-period sites, and has particular experience of prehistoric wetland archaeology.
Senior Project Manager
Dan Stansbie studied archaeology at Cardiff University as an undergraduate and went on to complete an MA in the European Iron Age, also at Cardiff. His first paid archaeological work was as a field archaeologist for Avon Archaeological Unit in Bristol during his undergraduate summer holidays. After leaving Cardiff he worked briefly for Cotswold Archaeology also digging in Bristol, before moving to Portsmouth to work for English Heritage as a stratigraphic analyst. From there he came to OA South in 2001 to work as a post-excavation Project Officer, working on a range of projects including Yarnton Iron Age and Roman, and Broughton/Brooklands, until 2012.
Since 2012 he has completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford as part of the English Landscapes and Identities Project (Englaid), working on regional variation in ceramics and food consumption in South-Eastern and Central England between the Middle Bronze Age and Domesday Book. Prior to returning to OA in 2020, he spent four years working for Cotswold Archaeology in Milton Keynes as a Post-Excavation Manager.
Illustrator Project Officer
Anne has over 25 years experience in both academic and commercial archaeology. Starting her archaeological life 1987 (until 1991) at Sutton Hoo, during vacation time, she graduated from Leicester University in 1992 wit BA(Hons) Archaeology, and subsequently worked for Leicestershire County Council Archeological Services, training as a Roman ceramic specialist, until returning to Leicester University to gain her MA Post-Excavation Skills in 1996. It was then that Anne chose to direct her career towards archaeological illustration and graphic design.
Anne now specialises in digital illustration techiniques, having obtained her Btech in Computer Aided Design in 1999, when AutoCad was just being introduced to the archaeological sector. To this end she was an external assessor in AutoCAD for the former Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors (now the Graphic Archaeological Group for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists), and has been an Associate member (ACIFA) since 2000.
Prior to joining Oxford Archaeology in 2001, Anne was the Lead Archaeologist and Surveyor for a geotechnical engineering company in East Anglia, providing Heritage Management advice/reports, and ground settlelment monitoring throughout the region.
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