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.
Stephen graduated from the University of York in 1998 with a BSc in Archaeology and, in 2000, an MSc in Human Palaeoecology. Since joining OA North in 2005 he has managed a wide range of projects, from tender stage, through fieldwork, assessment and analysis, to publication.
Major fieldwork and post-excavation projects include the second stage of excavation within and around the Furness Abbey presbytery (Cumbria), and the Easington to Paull Natural Gas Pipeline (East Yorkshire). Among Stephen's diverse interests is a peculiar fascination with funerary archaeology and human osteology, and he has managed substantial fieldwork and post-excavation investigations within the crowded post-medieval and industrial-period cemeteries at Coronation Street, South Shields (Tyne and Wear), and Redearth, Darwen (Lancashire).
Helen has worked with Heritage Burial Services at OA since 2006, having graduated from Bournemouth University with a BSc in Archaeology and an MSc in Osteoarchaeology. She is also a member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO).
Helen has worked on a wide variety of field and post-excavation burials projects, dating from the prehistoric to the early modern periods. She has considerable experience in the analysis of both cremated and inhumed human bone, and has contributed to numerous reports and publications. Her main areas of interest are post-medieval palaeopathology and peri-mortem trauma.
Some of Helen’s key projects include the analysis and publication of an assemblage of decapitated skeletons from Viking age mass grave in Weymouth, and the excavation and analysis of over 1000 Anglo-Saxon and medieval skeletons from the cemetery of St Augustine, Stoke Quay, Ipswich. She has worked on numerous post-medieval cemetery projects, including St Paul’s, Hammersmith, the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and St Peter-le-Bailey, Oxford, and in 2009, she was involved in the mass grave excavation and osteological analysis of 250 Australian and British soldiers killed in the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.
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