Head of Fieldwork
David has worked as a professional archaeologist for OA since graduating from Reading University in 1996 with a first class honours degree in Archaeology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and as a Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing a portfolio of diverse projects, which currently includes one of the largest urban regeneration developments in the country and a number of significant infrastructure schemes.
David has considerable project management experience in fieldwork, post-excavation and consultancy within a commercial environment and is a flexible and adaptable manager. An adept problem solver, often formulating new strategies for excavating and recording the archaeological evidence to satisfy client requirements, he is experienced at planning archaeological investigations to coincide with the work programmes of major development projects, and is particularly accomplished at liaising and working with clients and other contractors on site. David takes pride in completing the archaeological work to a high standard while bringing projects in on time and within budget.
Ian studied Archaeology at University College Cardiff and has worked in archaeology for over thirty years. He specialises in post excavation and finds analysis. His first professional appointment was as Research Assistant to Professor W H Manning when he was employed on post-excavation analysis of the excavations of the legionary fortress at Usk. Subsequently Ian was Post-Excavation Manager at the Test Valley Archaeological Trust in Hampshire and published a monograph on the Romsey Abbey excavations.
In 1994 he joined Oxford Archaeology as a Senior Research Officer in the Post-Excavation Department managing post excavation projects and some small fieldwork projects. Ian then worked as freelance finds specialist for five years before rejoining OA South in 2006, where his main duties are divided between analysing finds, and editing reports and monographs for publication.
Ian specialises in non-ceramic finds and has published reports on material ranging in date from the late Iron Age to the Second World War. He has worked on finds from the Roman city at Zeugma in Turkey, from a World War Two prisoner of war camp near Cherbourg and from a Great War mass burial at Fromelles in Flanders. He has particular interests in Romano-British archaeology; and late Medieval and post-Medieval archaeology and history, with an emphasis on the study of the material culture of the past. He served for a number of years on the Committee of the Society for Church Archaeology.
Nicola (Nicky) Scott
Head of Archives
Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1989 with a BA(Hons) in Anthropology. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 1989, and as Head of Archives she is responsible for ensuring all museum liaison and deposition of archives arising from all our field projects. She is a committee member of Society for Museum Archaeologists and Archaeological Archives Forum.
Nicola has managed the structuring, cataloguing and deposition of over 2000 archives, including many from large and medium scale multi-period excavation and post-excavation projects. She has a good understanding of how archaeology relates to, and affects, other disciplines, and communicates well with county and national museums and public access archaeological archive repositories including digital libraries.
Nicola has contributed to development of national archaeological archive guidance and continues to promote the importance of archaeological archives through her work with SMA.
Ian was first involved in archaeology at Beeston Castle, in Cheshire in 1985 and further work in the north west of England included excavations in Lancaster, twelve years as Environmental Archaeologist at the former Chester City Council, and more recently, research into cave faunas of Cumbria based at Liverpool John Moores University. He has also been involved in excavations in other parts of Britain, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory and a Masters (MSc) in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, both from Sheffield University. His specialism is the sampling, recovery, assessment and analysis of animal bone assemblages.
Paul has worked full-time in professional archaeology since the late 1980s and before that studied for a degree in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford and a PhD at Bournemouth (awarded 1990). He leads the management team at OA East, and has delivered that role since 2002, spanning the acquisition of that business by OA in 2008.
Paul has managed archaeological programmes of all kinds for more than twenty years, but specializes in medieval archaeology and urban landscapes. Paul is also a medieval pottery specialist and has published widely in this area and in the study of medieval landscapes and economy. He has also been involved with the teaching of archaeology in continuing education for many years, and formerly acted as external examiner for Madingley Hall, Cambridge.
Elizabeth (Liz) Stafford
Elizabeth graduated from Cardiff University in 1994 with BA (Hons) in Archaeology. Following a period working as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial units in the north of England she joined OA in 1996. In 2000 Elizabeth undertook an MSc in geoarchaeology at the University of Reading. She currently manages Geoarchaeological Services at OA South, comprising a team of specialists whose activities include borehole and geophysical surveys with 3-D deposit modelling.
With a professional career spanning 20 years, Elizabeth has gained extensive experience in field, environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology. While working for OA, she has been involved in many developer-funded projects across the south, the Midlands, East Anglia and north-east England. She has worked on a range of multi-period sites, and has particular experience of prehistoric wetland archaeology.
Illustrator Project Officer
Anne has over 25 years experience in both academic and commercial archaeology. Starting her archaeological life 1987 (until 1991) at Sutton Hoo, during vacation time, she graduated from Leicester University in 1992 wit BA(Hons) Archaeology, and subsequently worked for Leicestershire County Council Archeological Services, training as a Roman ceramic specialist, until returning to Leicester University to gain her MA Post-Excavation Skills in 1996. It was then that Anne chose to direct her career towards archaeological illustration and graphic design.
Anne now specialises in digital illustration techiniques, having obtained her Btech in Computer Aided Design in 1999, when AutoCad was just being introduced to the archaeological sector. To this end she was an external assessor in AutoCAD for the former Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors (now the Graphic Archaeological Group for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists), and has been an Associate member (ACIFA) since 2000.
Prior to joining Oxford Archaeology in 2001, Anne was the Lead Archaeologist and Surveyor for a geotechnical engineering company in East Anglia, providing Heritage Management advice/reports, and ground settlelment monitoring throughout the region.
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