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).
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.
Katrina (Kat) Anker
Katrina has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2004 and has over 15 years' experience in professional archaeology in the UK and abroad. As well as being OA South's Contracts Manager, she also manages a portfolio of projects. She has a particular interest in early Roman Britain and the archaeology of World War II.
Katrina holds a PG Dip in Forensic Archaeology from Bournemouth University and an MA in Classical Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Illustrator Project Officer
Séverine Bézie graduated in 1998 from University of Poitiers (France) with a BA (Hons) in Modern History and a University Diploma in Applied Art and Graphics. She obtained a Master's Degree in Museology and Archaeology at the University of Lyon III: Jean Moulin (France) in 2000 and studied Classical Archaeology with the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014-16.
Séverine joined Oxford Archaeology East in 2005. She has almost 18 years’ experience in field archaeology, finds processing, restoration and archaeological illustration. Before joining OA East, she worked several years in Italy with the French School of Rome. She specialises in Roman finds illustration and, in addition to her illustration work, is specialising in Roman pottery and continuing her collaboration with the French School of Rome.
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 committee member of the Study Group for Roman Pottery.
Lawrence (Lawrence) Billington
Lawrence graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 and has since worked for various commercial archaeological companies as well as studying for an MA in European Prehistory (University of Sheffield) and a PhD on the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of East Anglia (University of Manchester/Historic England).
Lawrence is a specialist in the study of lithic assemblages and his main area of interest is the Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age of Eastern England. Aside from reporting on lithics, he contributes to the work of the post-excavation team at Oxford Archaeology East in the production of reports and publications.
Kathryn (Kat) Blackbourn
Kathryn graduated with a BA in Archaeology from Reading University in 2012 and joined Oxford Archaeology shortly after.
Her current role includes co-ordinating large evaluations and excavations as well alongside post-excavation work. In the last year she has run projects excavating Early Roman pottery kilns and medieval retting pits at RAF Brampton and Middle to Late Bronze Age burials at Witchford, Cambridgeshire, Late Iron Age and Early Roman settlement at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire and Roman Settlement in Stallingborough, Lincolnshire. Kathryn has a particular interest in Romano-British Archaeology and is a member of the Study Group for Roman Pottery and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
John started working in commercial archaeology in 2007 after graduating from the University of Nottingham. He joined OA as an Assistant Supervisor in 2009 and spent the first year of his OA career working in France. Since then he has worked on a variety of fascinating projects, including Crossrail, the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road and Thame Site F1.
Matt has been involved with archaeology for over twenty years. He has a BA in Archaeology from UCL Institute of Archaeology (1992) and an MSc in GIS from UCL’s Department of Geomatic Engineering (1998). He has worked on a wide variety of sites in the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. He has been Head of Geomatics since 2006 and has worked in the Geomatics Department at OA since its inception in 2001.
He contributes to most projects at OA South which involve historic landscape survey and metric survey of earthworks and buildings, as well as many that concern heritage management and environmental assessment. Among other innovations, he has been involved with developing the application of GIS and LiDAR data for archaeological use. This has given him comprehensive experience of applying geomatics to heritage and archaeology.
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.
Lee has worked as a professional zooarchaeologist since 2008. In that time he has carried out work for a variety of clients on sites throughout the UK as well as overseas. He has particular interests in pastoralism, taphonomy, palaeoecology, archaeoornithology and the interactions between people and their environments. The last formed a central part of his PhD (Ebor) research, examining the social taphonomy of British medieval cities. His expertise in pastoralism, ethnoarchaeology and taphonomy, meanwhile, has led him to work on prehistoric sites in Mongolia, Tanzania and Russia, as well as sites in Finland, Ethiopia and Nigeria. He has also worked as a research assistant at Bournemouth University on the EcoSAL Atlanstis project.
Lee holds a degree in Archaeology (Exon), an MSc in Environmental Archaeology & Palaeoeconomy (Sheffield) and an MA in Cornish Studies (Exon). He is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (FZS) and is an elected member of the committee of the Environmental Archaeology Association (AEA).
Richard (Mini) Brown
Richard has been a professional archaeologist since joining Oxford Archaeology in 1985. As a Senior Project Manager, Richard is responsible for managing fieldwork and post-excavation projects. Significant projects managed by Richard include works on Ebbsfleet International Railway Station on High Speed 1, the western section of Crossrail and several road-schemes. Richard’s projects are mainly incorporated within complex infrastructure and large urban development works, although he is also responsible for work related to the Royal Households and has a background in castle and chateau excavation, including Windsor Castle and the Chateau de Falaise. Richard is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Fraser has been working in British archaeology since the late 1980s and graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Prehistory from Sheffield University in 1995. He joined Oxford Archaeology in 1998 and currently works as a Senior Project Manager for OA North.
He has considerable project management experience, overseeing projects, in both rural and urban environments, from tender through to publication. He has routinely undertaken work for the building construction, mineral extraction, transport and energy sectors, and has particular experience of large-scale infrastructure projects, including road schemes, long-distance pipelines and airports. Notable recent projects include the Carlisle Northern Development Route, the Isle of Man Airport Runway End Safety Area project, and the Asselby to Pannal Natural Gas Pipeline. Fraser is also a qualified Health and Safety Advisor and helps co-ordinate and implement health and safety policy at OA North.