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.
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).
Kirsty graduated from the University of Reading in 2004 with a BA in Archaeology and then gained an MA in Museums and Galleries at the University of Southampton in 2007. In 2007, Kirsty started work for Canterbury Archaeological Trust as a field archaeologist on the Thanet Earth project in Kent, and from 2008 to 2014 Kirsty worked as the Assistant Curator for English Heritage at Dover Castle. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 2014 as a Project Officer within the post excavation department. She has a particular interested in medieval and post-medieval sites and using primary and secondary research to support (or contradict) findings from fieldwork and buildings surveys.
During her time at Oxford Archaeology, Kirsty has worked on Crossrail, Thameslink, Oxford Castle and Torre Abbey, among other projects. Other work for Oxford Archaeology has also included desk-based assessments, conservation management plans (including Dover Castle and St Augustine’s Abbey) and assisting with research for the buildings department on post-medieval military sites and projects.
Steve has worked as professional archaeologist for 32 years, spending his first 20 years at Winchester Museum Service where he gained unrivalled experience and knowledge of the historic city. He was instrumental with setting up the GIS-based Winchester Urban Archaeological Database, and authored the first draft of its Urban Archaeological Assessment. His last five years were spent as a manager for its commercial fieldwork services and its Community Archaeology Project.
Since 2004, Steve has worked at Oxford Archaeology, initially as a fieldwork Project Officer, working on two of the largest excavations undertaken in Winchester, and was subsequently the principal author of ‘Winchester: A City in the Making’, a major publication that detailed their results. His current role within OA is as a post-excavation project officer, and is currently involved with several major projects within the historic cities of Oxford, London, Bristol and Ipswich. He has also published articles in monographs and academic journals on a range of subjects from Beaker burials at Basingstoke, a Roman villa at Monk Sherborne, but mainly Saxon and medieval remains from historic towns.