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).
Graeme holds a BSc in archaeological science from University of Edinburgh. He has a particular interest in all parts of British prehistory, particular its earliest phases.
Some of Graeme’s recent excavations have included: the oldest recorded iron furnace and landscape around Messingham, North Lincolnshire; rarely-excavated Late Saxon to medieval salt-making activity in Kings Lynn, Norfolk; an Early Saxon hall and settlement at Saxmundham, Suffolk; settlement and wells in the small Roman town of Wenhaston, Suffolk; and an Iron Age shrine and settlement at Ashford, Kent. Some large evaluations that Graeme has overseen include of early works on the A14 in Cambridgeshire; Roman settlement on the former MoD Waterbeach barracks; and Iron Age and Bronze Age remains in Thanington Kent. A personal highlight was supervision for the year-long excavation of Mesolithic and Palaeolithic flint scatters on the Bexhill Relief Road in Sussex.
Community Archaeology Manager
As Oxford Archaeology's Community Archaeology Manager, Clemency develops and supports all educational and community work across Oxford Archaeology involving volunteers, educational institutions and the general public. She also oversees the legacy of OA East's highly successful Jigsaw project, as well as other outreach initiatives already established in the Cambridge office.
Previously, Clem was the Outreach Officer for a Heritage Lottery Funded project to recruit and train volunteers for the Portable Antiquities Scheme based at the British Museum and, before that, she worked for Access Cambridge Archaeology, running archaeological outreach activities for schools and community groups in East Anglia from the University of Cambridge.
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.
Nick graduated from the University of Bradford in 2008 with a BSc in Archaeology and has since worked for a number of archaeological units in the south and east of England. He joined OA East in 2011, and has subsequently worked on a broad range of sites and periods throughout East Anglia, including the Great Fen Spitfire project. His current role involves directing excavation on site and writing reports in the post-excavation phase, recent work has included large excavations of Iron Age and Roman activity in Essex and large and small evaluations throughout Cambridgeshire.
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.
Denise has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2003 as an environmental Project Officer specialising in charred plant remains, wood and charcoal. She graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter with a first class degree in environment and archaeology in 1996, and then went on to gain a PhD from the University of Bristol geography department. Denise then returned to Lampeter to work for CADW (Welsh Government Historic Environment Service) and the Palaeoenvironmental Research Centre where she carried out the analyses of pollen and waterlogged plant remains for both developer-funded and research-led projects.
Denise has worked on a diverse range of projects covering a wide range of periods and has a particular interest in British prehistoric subsistence and resource use. She is also keen on exploring regional variations in later prehistoric and Roman plant assemblages. Denise has considerable experience in the assessment of a wide range of palaeoenvironmental material, and produces publication-standard analysis reports. She is also an ordinary member of the Association of Environmental Archaeology and European Association of Archaeologists, and enjoys attending conferences and participating in outreach activities.
James joined Oxford Archaeology in 2005, and has been a Project Officer since 2013.
James leads evaluations and excavations on site. He also specialises Historic Building recording. Drawing on a former career as a professional photographer, James does a great deal of photographic work, including photogrammetry, finds and publication photographs.
James makes a major contribution to community archaeology projects at Oxford Archaeology East. Some major projects have included a large Heritage Lottery funded community excavation of a Roman villa at Itter Cresent, Peterborough, and also excavation of a Spitfire from Holme Fen in conjunction with the MoD’s Operation Nightingale.
Ben graduated from Reading University in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology. He joined Oxford Archaeology in 1996, and serves as a Senior Project Manager and Term Contract Manager for the Historic Royal Palaces. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Ben has particular strengths in the management, organisation, execution and delivery of large and medium scale excavation and post-excavation projects on urban, and built environment sites where archaeological work has to dovetail with that of demolition/remediation and construction contractors. He has a good understanding of how archaeology relates to, and affects, other disciplines, and can communicate well with all project stakeholders, such as engineers, architects, local authorities, and English Heritage.
His many years in the profession allow him to be highly versatile, maintain a clear focus on the implications of time and budgetary constraints, and deliver high quality from a project’s conception to its completion.
Senior Project Manager
Deirdre holds a BA in Archaeology from University College, Cork, and an MA in Buildings Archaeology from the University of York. She has been with the buildings department at OA since 2008 and in this time has contributed to many of the department's important conservation management plans, and carried out extensive archaeological surveys at sites such as the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
Stuart graduated from from Durham University in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (MCIfA). He joined Oxford Archaeology in 1997 after an early career as a field archaeologist in Essex and elsewhere in the UK.
His range of experience includes environmental impact assessments, field surveys, evaluations, excavations and building recording. He has training and experience in expert witness work and extensive practical experience of designing mitigation and preservation schemes, including codes of construction practice. He is particularly experienced in managing archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation projects on major transport infrastructure schemes, such as OA's commitment to High Speed 1, the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens Roadscheme, and the London Gateway Port.
Rachel has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2000 following a career change from pharmaceutical research. As an archaeobotanist, Rachel specialises in the identification and interpretation of charred, mineralised and waterlogged plant remains and she has worked on assemblages of all periods from numerous sites in the East of England, resulting in extensive regional knowledge. Rachel has a particular interest in cereal cultivation, processing and brewing and related experimental archaeology.
Rachel is a member of the Association of Environmental Archaeologists and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Hayley (Hayley) Foster
Hayley joined OA East in 2017 as our Zooarchaeologist. Hayley graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), an MA in Osteoarchaeology from University of Southampton and a PhD from the University of Exeter. Her PhD research involved studying butchery practices and dining habits from medieval castle faunal assemblages. Hayley has worked as a Zooarchaeologist since 2007 in Ireland, Turkey and the UK.
Mark began his career in commercial archaeology in 2003, having studied ancient history and archaeology at university, followed by a Masters in osteology. In 2004, he joined the fieldwork team at OA South, and following a brief three-month break to travel in 2008, he moved into the burial department.
Mark's work combines analysing skeletons in the lab, writing reports, and excavation in the field on both burials and non-burial sites.
Nicola supports OA East's contractual obligations and its staff through management of office resources, administration, premises and grounds maintenance, a compliant vehicle fleet, as well as personnel, finance and health and safety functions.
She joined the company in 1998, giving her many years of relevant experience, and prides herself in her organisational abilities. Nicola has a BA (Hons) from Middlesex Polytechnic.
Jonathan (Jon) Gill
Jon has worked in Oxford Archaeology’s Historic Buildings Department since 1998, and he particularly specialises in the investigation of post-medieval and modern buildings. He holds a BA in Architecture, as well as a Masters Degree in Industrial Archaeology from the Ironbridge Institute, and he is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Jon helps to coordinate the overall department’s workload, as well as manages individual projects, undertakes on-site investigations, writes reports and tenders for new work. He undertakes a wide range of projects, including conservation management plans, impact assessments, environmental statements, large-scale building recording prior to developments, and small-scale assessments to assist in planning applications. While with OA, Jon has worked on scheduled Cold War sites, Royal Palaces, airfields, industrial complexes, gunpowder factories, grand country houses, and much more humble dwellings.
Andrew (Andy) Greef
Senior Project Manager
Andy graduated from the University of York in 2007 with a BA in Archaeology. He joined Oxford Archaeology in 2012, and currently serves as a Senior Project Manager. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
In his current role, Andy oversees excavations on site, and also coordinates post-excavation work and reporting. As a Project Officer he directed a wide range of fieldwork projects including significant excavations of a large high status Iron Age settlement at Cressing, Braintree and part of a Roman roadside settlement in Bishop’s Stortford along with medieval and post-medieval excavations in Huntingdon, Norwich and Cambridge.
Illustrator Project Officer
Gillian joined Oxford Archaeology East in 2007, has almost 20 years experience in archaeological illustration, and pioneered her own style of digital finds illustration.
Gillian Greer (Gilmour) graduated in 1995 from Queen's University Belfast with a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology with Palaeoecology and worked for the Environment and Heritage Service of Northern Ireland (EHSNI) as an archaeological illustrator and finds conservator. Gillian studied graphic design at the London College of Printing in 1999 and began transitioning traditional pen and ink artwork to digital format via Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Alongside her artistic skills Gillian has a solid base of technical mapping software such as AutoCad and QGIS. She has created an in-house GIS map of Roman Britain, tailor making Roman landscape maps for each monograph she works on. In 2000 Gillian was awarded full membership of the former Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors, and is now a member of the CifA at MCifA level.