Senior Executive Officer: Research and Publications, OAN
Rachel graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and has worked in the North West for more than 30 years, during that time gaining a wealth of knowledge about the archaeology of the region. She acts as Senior Executive Officer: Research and Publications at OA North, in which role she oversees the post-excavation programme from post-excavation assessments through to publications. From its instigation, she has been the Series Editor for the Lancaster Imprints monographs and has overseen the development of the Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed series. She also has an overview of community and research project undertaken by the office.
Rachel has a deep commitment to the archaeology of the region, with a specialism in the early medieval period. She acted as period coordinator for this during the compilation of the North West Regional Archaeological Research Framework, working also as a member of its steering group. She was also a member of the steering group for the Hadrian’s Wall Research Framework, and has acted as a committee member for the last two Hadrian’s Wall Pilgrimages and also the 2019 event, and the International Limes Congress, held in Newcastle in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, and Trustee of both the Senhouse Museum Trust and the Mouswald Trust, as well as being active in other local societies.
Elizabeth (Liz) Popescu
Head of Post-Excavation and Publications, OAE
Liz oversees the post-excavation research and publications function at OA East. Her job is to manage all aspects of post-excavation work, including the finds, environmental and graphics teams. She also edits all of the academic and popular publications produced by the Cambridge team, ensuring that the highest academic standards are maintained and that projects are delivered on time to clients.
Liz graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and has a PhD from the University of East Anglia. She has considerable experience in managing complex projects and specialises in urban Late Saxon and medieval archaeology, with particular interest in castle and cemetery studies. She continues to excavate abroad and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Head of Post-Excavation, OAS
Leo Webley completed his PhD research on the social archaeology of the household in Iron Age Denmark at the University of Cambridge in 2002. He then worked in development-led archaeology, first at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and then as a Senior Project Manager (post-excavation) for Oxford Archaeology. During this time, he was involved in the analysis and publication of numerous prehistoric sites in southern Britain.
In 2008 he was appointed as a research associate at the University of Reading for the project British and Irish prehistory in their European context. He joined the Tracing Networks team at the University of Leicester in 2012, before becoming a research associate at the University of Bristol.
Leo returned to Oxford Archaeology in 2016 as Head of Post-excavation for the Oxford office. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
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.
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.
Tim has directed and written up archaeological excavations for OA for over 30 years. His excavation projects include pipelines, road schemes, urban redevelopment, mineral extraction, housing, and work in modern cemeteries. The largest and most complex of these have been the Abingdon Vineyard Redevelopment, Eton Rowing Course, the A2 Pepperhill to Cobham Road Widening in Kent, and the Rocade Briochine at St Brieuc in Brittany. He has also directed research excavations and surveys built around public participation for the Earth Trust at Little Wittenham in Oxfordshire.
Tim acted as the Highways Agency’s Archaeological Advisor on the A13 Thames Gateway DBFO scheme and for the SW Framework Environmental Consultancy for proposed dualling schemes in Cornwall. He provided the Cultural Heritage contribution to the A2 Pepperhill to Cobham EIA. He has also been consultant to the Vale of White Horse District Council, Eton College, and several developers.
Tim is an experienced publicist of archaeology through open days, exhibitions, popular publications, web pages, public lectures and talks, promotional films, TV and radio. Tim has an MA and BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Oxford, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).
Senior Project Manager
Adam has nearly 20 years' experience in professional archaeology in Britain. After starting as a commercial field archaeologist he graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2001 with a First Class BA in Archaeology and Prehistory, followed by an MA in European Prehistory at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and then undertook research into middle Neolithic pottery at Sheffield University, gaining his PhD in 2013.
Adam is an experienced archaeologist, having worked at multiple commercial companies including PCA, MOLAS, and ARCUS, and then as a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology North. His portfolio as a project manager includes a large landscape project at Newark, medieval excavations at Carlisle Cathedral and post-medieval and industrial sites near Manchester. He has undertaken post-excavation work, including specialist analysis and report production relating to prehistoric pottery, and has contributed to several peer review articles in this capacity.
Adam is in the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA) and a member of both the Prehistoric Society and Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he obtained a BA (Hons) in archaeology, John has worked as a professional archaeologist for nearly 30 years, becoming a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) in 1987. A highly experienced fieldwork director and post-excavation researcher, John spent much of his early career working in historic urban environments, where he gained considerable expertise in the excavation of highly complex archaeology, including internationally significant waterlogged deposits.
John is vastly experienced in the excavation, recording and interpretation of multi-period archaeological remains, though his principal research interests lie in the archaeology of the Roman army and the development of urbanism in Britain. Since joining OA North in 2001, he has established a reputation as a leading expert on the Roman period in northern England, and has developed a strong track record of post-excavation analysis and publication. John has authored a wide range of archaeological reports, including substantial monographs presenting the results of large-scale urban excavations he directed at Winchester and Carlisle.
Health and Safety Advisor
Anthony staring work at OA North in 2007 and moved to OA East in 2010. He graduated from York University in 2002 with a BSc in Archaeology and then in 2004 with an MSc in Zooarchaeology. He has worked on a number of large pipeline and infrastructure projects across the country.
Anthony has particular interests in the Late Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and aviation archaeology. He has worked on several significant flint scatters including the Mesolithic site at Stainton West, Carlisle, and a Mesolithic house on the Isle of Man at Ronaldsway airport. He was the project officer in charge of the excavation of a large in-situ Late Upper Palaeolithic site at Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. He led the excavation of the Holme Fen Spitfire, and has been involved with the excavation of P51D Mustang ‘Ellie May’ and Halifax Bomber LL587.
Outside of OA, Anthony is involved with the People of the Heath community excavation project at Petersfield Heath.
Ant is also Oxford Archaeology East’s health and safety advisor, and is an Associate of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (AIOSH). He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Martyn has been a Senior Project Manager at OA since 2018. He manages the post-excavation of archaeological projects, bringing to conclusion the results of our fieldwork for clients, often to publication. Martyn specialises in the study of late Iron Age and Roman Britain, especially in the fields of rural settlement and agriculture, and he is an experienced zooarchaeologist (animal bone specialist). Martyn currently sits on the Britannia Editorial Committee for The Roman Society.
After gaining a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from the University of Winchester in 2004, Martyn went on to complete an MA in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton in 2006, and then a PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2010. Before joining OA in 2017, Martyn worked for Historic England as a Research Assistant in Zooarchaeology and, between 2012 and 2016, was employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Reading.
Kate graduated from University College London, institute of Archaeology, in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, and immediately began work on large projects in central London as a field Archaeologist. Kate started at OA in the field in 2002 and joined the post-excavation department in 2005, first working on the Channel Tunnel Rail link project (HS1).
As a Project Officer, Kate has written and published many reports and articles and co-authored several monographs. She has also continued to work in the field on projects including the recovery and identification of World War I soldiers at Fromelles, Northern France, and the excavation of the medieval Greyfriars Friary during the development of the Westgate Centre in Oxford.
Kate is also a Roman pottery specialist and OA’s fieldwork photographer.
After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 1989 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory, Rachel worked for a number of commercial units - notably in Essex - before joining Oxford Archaeology (then CCC AFU) in 2004. As a fieldwork Project Officer, Rachel directed numerous projects, notably in Huntingdon, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich; further developing her interest in medieval and later urban archaeology. A highlight of her career so far with OA was the analytical earthwork survey of the scheduled remains of Tilty Abbey in Essex for English Heritage/Natural England – one of the outcomes of this was the setting up of a local society with whom Rachel is still very much involved.
Rachel has also worked on major post-excavation and publication projects, including those that she has directed as well as two ‘legacy’ projects: Norwich Whitefriars and Hinxton Genome. In 2014 Rachel swapped her trowel for a pen – taking up the role of Post-excavation editor to assist Liz Popescu with editing and authoring reports, articles and monographs as well as training and mentoring less experienced colleagues. Rachel is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
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.
Alex gained his PhD at Cardiff University in 2016 looking at how we can understand Late Bronze Age and Iron Age society in the Thames Valley, following both his BA (Hons) and MA in Archaeology, also at Cardiff University. He joined Oxford Archaeology later in 2016 as a Project Officer in the Post-Excavation department. This role includes the analysis of predominantly prehistoric sites after they have been excavated, compiling information from specialist reports, and writing up assessments and publications.
His special interests are all aspects of the Bronze Age and Iron Age. He is also interested in the use of ethnography in archaeological analysis and how we can integrate all parts of the archaeological record to help understand prehistoric societies.
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.
Richard holds a BA (Hons) in Geography and Archaeology from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Archaeology, also awarded by the University of Manchester. Richard has over 15 years' experience in archaeology and has been involved in many aspects of professional archaeology, including archaeological assessment, excavation, and post-excavation, as well as undertaking academic-based research. Richard has extensive experience in report writing and publication, and has been instrumental in the publication of a series of chronologically diverse projects, although his specialist interests presently reside with the Romano-British and prehistoric archaeology of Northern Britain.
As Post-Excavation Editor for OA North, Richard is responsible for the editing and authoring OA North excavation reports, academic papers, and monographs, as well as popular publications.
Chris is a senior project manager in the post-excavation department at OA South. His responsibilities are focused on the management of the final stages of projects: assessment and analysis of the results of excavations, and publication of a final report. This role involves focusing resources as efficiently as possible upon both the needs of our clients and relevant academic research questions.
Chris has worked at OA for over 14 years on projects ranging from an early Neolithic long house in Kent to the world’s first purpose-built office building, Somerset House in London. He has special interests in the prehistoric period, especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and in the use of quantitative methods in post-excavation analysis.
Chris has a BSc from the Institute of Archaeology in London and a PhD from Cambridge. He has worked on numerous excavations in Britain, France, Germany, Malta and Peru, and lectured for two years at the University of California, Berkeley.
Illustrator Project Officer
Adam has worked at Oxford Archaeology North for over thirteen years as a core member of the Illustration and Publications team. He has a number of skills from manual illustration of artefacts, digital illustration and Photoshop work, and use of AutoCAD and GIS packages, to identification and analysis of early medieval artefacts and production of publication text. In this time he has produced a number of archaeological monographs, popular publications, posters, interpretation panels, museum designs, leaflets, digital content for the web, teachers packs, and schools resource boxes. Adam’s primary area of interest is the early medieval period in Britain, particularly Northern Britian, and he has a particular interest in artefacts of the period and their manufacture. He is the co-author of: 'Shadows in the Sand': A viking-age cemetery at Cumwhitton, Cumbria; the academic publication for the important Pagan inhumation cemetery at Cumwhitton, for which he was also the illustrator and typesetter. He is also actively involved in the St Michaels Church, Workington, post excavation project looking at the early medieval burials, finds, sculpture, and phases of the church.
He has also run many outreach events for OA North, including museum events for Tullie House and Carlisle Castle, schools projects and archaeology open days.
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).