It's rare to get thanked in any line of business, so it's always welcome to receive awards, get great feedback from our clients, or get good reviews for our work. Here are just a few of those positive messages.


'The success of the project has been due to the integrated approach which was adopted for the work; archaeologists, environmental specialists, engineers, developers and regulators have all worked effectively together with enthusiasm and commitment.'

Marcus Pearson, DP World London Gateway Environmental Manager. Project: Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve

'Excellent working relationships have been established and the archaeological work has been important and carried out to a high standard.'

Richard Havis, Essex County Council, Senior Historic Environment Officer. Project: Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve

'Thank you for your and your teams' efforts and contribution to the success of this project.'

Graeme Campbell, Senior Programme Manager, Network Rail, September 2011. Project: Thameslink, London

'This is a case study for many students for years to come. It sets a new benchmark for regional analysis to which we all should aspire.'

Harold Mytum, Director of the Centre for Manx Studies at the University of Liverpool, June 2011. Project: Thames through Time

'Oxford Archaeology successfully carried out a significant archaeological investigation scope on the M1 J6a-10 Widening Scheme. I am extremely comfortable to provide an unreserved recommendation for their appointment on other Balfour Beatty projects.'

Liam McGirl, Project Director, Balfour Beatty Skanska JV. Project: M1 J6a-10 Widening

'Oxford Archaeology was employed to carry out the recording of the listed buildings and to carry out the archaeological investigations associated with development of the site which is a scheduled ancient monument. They carried out their work in a professional manner and complied at all times with the requirements of the CDM regulations. Their workforce was constantly supervised and we have no hesitation in recommending this company.'

Mike Davy, Director, GDG Management. Project: Oxford Castle Development

'I have been impressed and delighted with – and frequently grateful for – OA North’s efficiency and effectiveness, and for the unswerving can-do attitude evinced by the company and its staff. I have found them to be highly professional, creative, yet analytical in their approach, and very well organized. Their field teams are focused, motivated and well managed; they are also well equipped, using the latest survey and recording equipment. I have also found that OA North’s positive attitude and expertise in the field are matched back in their offices, when undertaking post-excavation assessment, analysis and reporting works. I have been very glad to have them at my side and would be delighted to have the opportunity of working with them on future infrastructure projects.'

Derek Cater, Cater Archaeology, Archaeological Advisor to National Grid and Scotland Gas Networks. Project: Easington to Paull Gas Pipeline, Hull

'The professionalism displayed by the project team has been exceptional. Every sign-off deadline has been met with ease, and the standards of excavation have been consistently high. I was constantly impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of every archaeologist on site, which must be attributed in part to your dissemination of information to the entire team. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated project team and I commend everyone involved, including the various specialists I met on site, for their exceptional knowledge of the area.'

Annie Calder, Senior Archaeological Consultant for URS Scott Wilson Ltd. Project: Clay Farm, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire

'Just wanted to thank you again for doing a brilliant job for us.'

Beth Williams, Conservation Officer (Waterways), Norfolk Broads Authority. Project: Ormesby

'You did us a great service and your infectious enthusiasm demonstrated during the site tour did more for archaeology, and the way my colleagues view it, than you will ever know.'

Andy Girvan, Campbell Buchanan. Project: Hampden House, Huntingdon

'There can be no doubt that this is the most important ironworks of the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD that has been discovered in the Weald for many years, and without question the one that has been most meticulously excavated and explored. It is, moreover, of great significance, since no Roman industrial operation of this extent has ever before been discovered and so comprehensively explored and recorded in this part of the Weald.'

Professor Henry Cleere OBE PhD FSA on behalf of the Wealdon Iron Research Group. Project: Bexhill to Hastings Link Road

'It was a particular pleasure to be able to include such recent finds in the exhibition and the Weymouth Viking burial was one of the real highlights of Vikings. We remain very grateful for your support of what was a unique and very special exhibition.'

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Project: Viking Age mass grave, Weymouth Relief Road, Dorset

'On behalf of the PCC of St Mary's Ambrosden, I should like to thank all involved for their great help during the time of digging the trench in the churchyard. The people involved on site were always cheerful and helpful and Louise Loe's expertise in handling things from the 'office' was invaluable.'

Charles Masheder, Rector, the Ray Valley Benefice


Reviews of our publications


'No longer, it seems, are long delays in publication a millstone around the neck of urban archaeology. It is to the immense credit of the team behind this new Oxford Archaeology monograph that the results of an important excavation carried out in Southampton’s medieval French Quarter in 2005 and 2006 – the largest within the town to date – are available so soon, in such good order and presented so attractively. Overall, the formidable team of authors can be congratulated for the new light their monograph sheds on one of medieval England’s foremost ports and its vibrant and strikingly inter-connected community.'

Oliver Creighton in Medieval Archaeology. Publication: Trade and Prosperity, War and Poverty. An archaeological and historical investigation into Southampton’s French Quarter

'The speed of publication with no loss of production values is no less impressive than the numbers and quality of the data (many of them environmental) gathered to support the work.'

Rob Ixer in British Archaeology. Publication: London Gateway: Iron Age and Roman salt making in the Thames Estuary

'This is an excellently produced and crafted volume. It provides an exemplary model not just of what can be achieved when sufficiently large areas are excavated in the course of development-led archaeology, but also of what an integrated approach to all the different strands of evidence can produce.'

Barry C Burnham in Britannia. Publication: Between Villa and Town. Excavations of a roadside settlement and shrine at Higham Ferrers, Northants

'This report fully deserves to stand alongside Clarke's 1979 publication, and will likewise continue to be a source of evidence and ideas for a generation and more.'

Simon Esmonde Cleary in Britannia. Publication: The late Roman cemetery at Lankhills, Winchester. Excavations 2000-2005

‘Richly illustrated throughout … this volume will continue to provide landscape researchers with a rich pickings for many decades to come.’

Andy Wigley in Landscape History. Publication: Yarnton. Iron Age and Romano-British settlement and landscape

'The work presented here is in the very best tradition of field archaeology: thorough and systematic survey, presented using superb plans...and numerous high-quality illustrations. The richness and complexity of the landscapes surveyed here are thus brought fully alive.'

Angus J Winchester in Landscape History. Publication: Cairns, Fields, and Cultivation. Archaeological landscapes of the Lake District uplands

'If you wish to learn more about Cumbrian archaeology, upland archaeology generally, or the ways in which surveys such as this are essential to effective landscape management, then you should buy, and read, this book.'

Paul Frodsham in Antiquity. Publication: Cairns, Fields, and Cultivation. Archaeological landscapes of the Lake District uplands

'Brown and Hardy have used the documentary and archaeological evidence from King's Lynn to great effect... Archaeology of the Newland makes extensive use of colour throughout, adding to its appeal and usability.'

Mike McCarthy in Medieval Archaeology. Publication: Archaeology of the Newland: Excavations in King's Lynn, Norfolk 2003-5

'Whilst providing a wealth of comparative material for professionals working on the gravels, these datasets should be meat and drink to PhD students and their easy availability should encourage academics to devise enticing topics that attract funding and ensure that the effort already expended continues to pay dividends.'

Nicholas J Cooper, 'Referee Statement' in Framework Archaeology (2014). Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavation Archive (Data Paper). Internet Archaeology 36.

'Superbly illustrated, the book is extremely good value and will have lasting relevance for comparative research in Viking studies.'

Mark Redknap in British Archaeology. Publication: Shadows in the Sand: Excavation of a Viking-age cemetery at Cumwhitton

'Under the Oracle is an excellent addition to the growing archive of Reading's archaeology and history. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Reading, or in urban archaeology and history.'

Jane Greenaway in Oxoniensia. Publication: Under the Oracle. Excavations at the Oracle Shopping Centre site 1996-8

'This publication...represents a comprehensive and solid foundation for the further study of the mass grave. The findings are undoubtedly significant and they will remain so for many years to come.'

Ben Raffield in Medieval Archaeology. 'Given to the Ground': A Viking Age Mass Grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth

'This report exemplifies how every aspect of the excavation and analysis was done with the utmost respect and rigour. For all future work on mass graves, military or otherwise, the methodology sets a standard to be emulated.'

Paul Stamper in British Archaeology. Publication: "Remember me to all": The archaeological recovery and identification of soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Fromelles, 1916

'The resultant type-series of pottery for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are detailed with numerous line drawings and excellent colour plates, supported by data from a rigorous programme of ICPS analysis to test chemical signatures, as well as characterisation of pottery and thin-section studies.'

Maureen Mellor in Medieval Archaeology. Publication: The Production and Distribution of Medieval Pottery in Cambridgeshire


British Archaeological Awards

Highly Commended 2014, Jigsaw Cambridgeshire

Highly Commended 2012, The Thames Through Time

Highly Commended 2012, Combe Down Stone Mines, Bath

Highly Commended 2010, Wisbech Castle Community Archaeology Project

Winners 2008, Terminal 5 Heathrow Project

Winners 2006, Whiteleaf Hill Local Nature Reserve Project

Highly Commended 2006, A421 Great Barford Bypass, Beds

Other awards and recognition

Dubai Ports World recognised the contribution of OA to the successful completion of the fieldwork at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, London Gateway, with the award of a golden dhow.

The Australian Army presented OA South with a certificate of appreciation, which recognised the ‘methodical, tireless and meticulous work’ carried out by the Fromelles team during its sixteen-week excavation at Pheasant Wood, Fromelles, and subsequent anthropological investigation. Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General K J Gillespie, noted OA’s ‘dedication to excellence’ and ‘exemplary standards’.

OA was awarded a certificate of safety by Skanska and the Highways Agency in recognition of its safe working on the A2 Pepperhil to Cobham Widening and achieving one 1 million man hours without reportable injury.

Skanka Balfour Beatty presented OA with a 'Making Safety Personal' certificate in recognition for working 1.5 million hours safely on the M25 Junctions 27 to 30 Widening.