Holding a BA in Archaeology and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Bristol, Louise has over 20 years' experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains from archaeological sites. As Head of Burials, Louise leads and manages a team dedicated to all aspects of burial archaeology, providing expert guidance, advice, consultancy and quality assurance on burial-related projects.
Louise directed the excavation and analysis of WWI mass graves in Fromelles, France and subsequently served on the Joint Australian and British Government identification board. She has contributed numerous osteology reports on assemblages both large and small and dating from prehistory to early modern, to publications, and has published on peri-mortem trauma. Louise is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA) and the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), and is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading.
Senior Project Manager
Charlotte joined OA South as a Project Officer in Heritage Management Services in 2016. Before joining OA, she worked as a heritage consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler. Charlotte has worked extensively in local government archaeology, and spent three years working on the Oxfordshire HLC project. She has a BA in Archaeology and a MSC in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology.
Lauren graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield in 2004. She since gained an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, and completed a doctoral thesis exploring palaeodemography, diet and health in the population of Roman York. Her specialisms within the field of osteoarchaeology include palaeodemographic analysis and Romano-British urban populations.
A member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaelogy (BABAO), Lauren has substantial experience working as an osteoarchaeologist for a variety of institutions, both on site and in the laboratory. In 2008 she conducted analysis of over 550 skeletons multi-period cemetery of All Saints Fishergate in York, including analysis of 113 individuals interred in ten mass graves and thought to be Parliamentary soldiers pertaining to the 1644 Siege of York. This excavation was shortlisted for "Rescue Dig of the Year" by Current Archaeology.
Lauren joined the team at Heritage Burial Services, at the Oxford Archaeology South office in August 2015. She has also recently become an eMentor to archaeology students at the University of Sheffield.
Julia has worked within the Environmental Department at OA since 2007, after completing a BSc in Archaeology at the University of Reading and an MA in Landscape Archaeology at Bristol University.
During her 10 years at OA she has supervised the recovery of environmental material from a diverse range of sites. In particular, she oversaw the environmental aspects of the major infrastructure projects at St Brieuc, Brittany and at the Bexhill to Hastings Road Scheme in East Sussex. As an archaeobotanist, Julia now spends much of her time in the environmental laboratory at OA’s Oxford office, analysing charred and waterlogged plant macrofossils and charcoal.
Head of IT
Paul has Group responsibility for the support of OA’s IT systems and users, in all OA offices and sites in the UK and abroad. He manages a small team of technical specialists based in Oxford and elsewhere.
Paul has been continuously employed in archaeology since the late 1970s, with breaks to gain archaeology degrees from Durham and Leicester universities. Between running urban excavations, Paul also became a medieval pottery specialist, which involved doing a lot of hard sums. One day in 1982 somebody showed him a clever toy to do the sums for him, and the rest is history. Ever since then, he has been working with computer systems in archaeology, principally in Stamford, Lincoln, and Oxford.
Logistics and Facilities Manager
Krisztian graduated from a military college in Hungary as a military engineer officer. Before joining OA, he worked at the University of Oxford as a maintenance manager. At OA, Krisztian manages logistics and facilities, suppliers and contractors, and dealing with a range of requests from office and field staff.
Head of Buildings
Julian has worked on medieval houses, castles, cathedrals, and country houses, and is interested both in the archaeology of buildings and the link between documentary history and extant remains of the past. With an interest in urban and rural landscapes, he has examined the relationship between places, their physical remains and written history, and has published numerous studies.
He often undertakes investigation and assessment of historic buildings and places for planning purposes, and has been involved in a series of Conservation Plans for national monuments (castles, country houses and cathedrals), for National Trust, English Heritage and others, and planning assessments of greater and lesser buildings of all types and periods.
Julian is involved in teaching and outreach activities, and is a frequent public speaker on many aspects of the historic environment. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), has often appeared as an expert witness at public inquiries and planning hearings. He is Chairman of the Chichester Cathedral Fabric Committee (FAC).
Rebecca Nicholson graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and History from the University of York, followed by an MA in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (University of Sheffield) and a D.Phil (University of York). Her professional career started in the 1980s as a technician in the Environmental Archaeology Unit at the University of York, followed by employment as environmental archaeologist for a commercial archaeological unit in Newcastle and academic research posts at the Universities of York and Bradford. She joined Oxford Archaeology as Environmental Manager in 2005.
Rebecca is responsible for designing and co-ordinating the sampling programmes for OAS excavations and liaises with other specialists within and outside OA to ensure high academic standards and to provide an effective outcome for our clients. Her specialism is archaeozoology, particularly the study of fish remains and fishing through the ages, and she has worked on many assemblages mostly from England and Scotland. Rebecca also has an editorial role in other post-excavation projects.
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), and member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology.
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.
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
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.
IT Project Manager
Tomasz has worked in IT since 2004. With a wide scope of experience in retail, management, mentoring and coaching as well as in technical support and client-orientated service, he is known to be an approachable and friendly colleague, with a keen sense of humour and an eye for detail.
Tomasz studied IT and business management at the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz and proceeded to work in a fast upscale environment, assuring client satisfaction on IT solutions. After a six-year retail career, Tomasz has moved to the UK, where he focused more on technical support and client-orientated IT service.
Tomasz joined Oxford Archaeology in August 2013 and as an IT Project Manager, his role is to train and support OA’s field and office staff. He has also been involved in a production of architectural photography for Oxford Archaeology's buildings department.
In his free time, Tomasz loves the outdoors, photography and kayaking.
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).