Leigh has a BA (Hons) in ancient history and archaeology from Nottingham University, a post-graduate diploma in practical archaeology from Oxford University, department of Extramural Studies, and over 25 years of experience in professional archaeology.
Head of the finds department at OA South since 1989, Leigh manages the processing, cataloguing, short-term curation, and deposition of all finds assemblages from all sites excavated by OA South. She liaises with project managers, specialists both internal and external, conservators and landowners to ensure the efficient, cost effective and secure progress of the finds from excavation through to deposition.
Leigh also produces assessment and publication reports on late medieval/post-medieval metalwork, worked bone (of all periods) and Roman ceramic building material.
Edward Biddulph graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from UCL Institute of Archaeology in 1995, staying on to complete an MA in Archaeology in 1996. His professional career began as a field archaeologist in Bedfordshire, and he subsequently worked in Essex on the Roman pottery from Elms Farm, Heybridge. Edward joined Oxford Archaeology in 2001.
As a Senior Project Manager, Edward is responsible for setting up and managing post-excavation projects, and editing and delivering reports for clients and publication. Edward continues to work as a Roman pottery specialist, and has worked on many assemblages, most recently pottery from the Thameslink project and the Aylesbury Berryfields development. His research interests include samian ware, Roman cemeteries, and cultural evolution. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and a trustee of the Study Group for Roman Pottery.
John graduated from Lancaster University in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). An early interest in medieval archaeology, artefacts, and pottery in particular has been followed by nearly 35 years employment as a medieval and post-medieval pottery specialist, and sometimes illustrator. His specialist area is the pottery of south-east England although he also writes reports on clay tobacco pipes and ceramic building material. He is an active member of the Medieval Pottery Research Group. Other interests include Egyptology.
John was lucky enough to work in Italy in the early 1980s for the British School at Rome. On returning to England he continued working as a pottery specialist, first for Colchester Archaeological Trust and then, for 15 years, at Canterbury Archaeological Trust before joining OA in 2005 in the same capacity. This earlier employment resulted in the authorship of a number of research publications including a corpus of medieval and later pottery from Colchester excavations, and monographs on pottery from Canterbury and Dover, as well as numerous smaller published reports on a range of ceramic topics. John continues in this role for OA South, assessing and reporting on pottery and other ceramic material from OA’s excavations across southern England and sometimes further afield.
Mike has been working in the field of flint analysis since 1994. He has conducted the excavation, analysis and publication of lithics assemblages from Britain, France and Cyprus. He has excavated over 300 in situ lithic scatters/knapping floors and has conducted detailed analysis on several important assemblages of flint, including the Arran Water Ring Main scheme, Scotland, the Dagenham Beam Washlands Scheme, London, and the Guildford late Upper Palaeolithic site.
His current major project is the full analysis of 450,000 flints from around 250 flint scatters at Bexhill in Sussex, one of Europe’s most important preserved early Holocene landscapes. He has presented papers/posters at several conferences, including at the XVII World UISPP congress, Burgos, Spain (2014), at the Mesolithic In Europe, Belgrade, Serbia (2015), and in 2016 at the Paleo 20/20 in London and at Lithics society, Oxford. He will be teaching flint handling and analysis at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education in 2017.
Denise has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2003 as an environmental Project Officer specialising in charred plant remains, wood and charcoal. She graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter with a first class degree in environment and archaeology in 1996, and then went on to gain a PhD from the University of Bristol geography department. Denise then returned to Lampeter to work for CADW (Welsh Government Historic Environment Service) and the Palaeoenvironmental Research Centre where she carried out the analyses of pollen and waterlogged plant remains for both developer-funded and research-led projects.
Denise has worked on a diverse range of projects covering a wide range of periods and has a particular interest in British prehistoric subsistence and resource use. She is also keen on exploring regional variations in later prehistoric and Roman plant assemblages. Denise has considerable experience in the assessment of a wide range of palaeoenvironmental material, and produces publication-standard analysis reports. She is also an ordinary member of the Association of Environmental Archaeology and European Association of Archaeologists, and enjoys attending conferences and participating in outreach activities.
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.
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). She is also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), a Research Associate at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, and Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading.
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.
Mairead has worked as a palynologist for 30 years, with experience in both industry and research. She joined BP Exploration and Research in 1989, taking part in scientific expeditions to the Yemeni desert and the Pontide Mountains in Turkey. After relocating to the north of England, Mairead joined a research team at Durham University in 1994, investigating sea level changes and landscape evolution along the west coast of the USA, NW Scotland, the Humber estuary and Swale-Ure washlands. Since joining OAN in 2010, Mairead has worked on diverse projects for all three offices, and is particularly pleased to add identification and interpretation of fungal spores as a routine part of palynological assessments and analysis, as well as assessment and analysis of water-logged plant remains, to these projects.
Mairead obtained her degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Dublin (1982), followed by an MSc in palynology from the University of Sheffield (1983).
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.
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