Head of Heritage Burial Services
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.
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).
Mark began his career in commercial archaeology in 2003, having studied ancient history and archaeology at university, followed by a Masters in osteology. In 2004, he joined the fieldwork team at OA South, and following a brief three-month break to travel in 2008, he moved into the burial department.
Mark's work combines analysing skeletons in the lab, writing reports, and excavation in the field on both burials and non-burial sites.
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.
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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