Head of Heritage Burial Services
Holding a BA in Archaeology and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Bristol, Louise has over 20 years' experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains from archaeological sites. As Head of Burials, Louise leads and manages a team dedicated to all aspects of burial archaeology, providing expert guidance, advice, consultancy and quality assurance on burial-related projects.
Louise directed the excavation and analysis of WWI mass graves in Fromelles, France, and subsequently served on the Joint Australian and British Government identification board. She has contributed numerous osteology reports on assemblages both large and small and dating from prehistory to early modern, to publications, and has published on peri-mortem trauma.
Louise is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA) and the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO). She is also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), a Research Associate at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, and Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading.
Deputy Regional Manager
Stephen has over 30 years' experience in British, French and North American archaeology. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Prehistory and Archaeology and has an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge.
He is a leading proponent of Public Archaeology and has the responsibility for the education and outreach projects across Oxford Archaeology, managing the Oxford Archaeology Outreach service. Stephen has considerable experience in successfully obtaining grant aid for this type of heritage project.
He has extensive experience in project management, contracts and the heritage sector in general. Stephen is a Heritage Management and Roman specialist, and continues to pursue research projects in these areas, predominately but not solely in the Eastern Region. Stephen is a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), a member of the Council for British Archaeology (East) and sits on the council of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.
Neal graduated from University College London with a BA in Ancient History in 2002, and after working in other sectors, joined OA in 2015. Since then Neal has worked on a large range of commercial projects, both in the field and in post-excavation. Some of his recent projects have involved running a large evaluation (185 trenches) at East Hemel Hempstead, and overseeing the first phase of excavations at Cambourne West. Neal is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Lauren graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield in 2004. She since gained an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, and completed a doctoral thesis exploring palaeodemography, diet and health in the population of Roman York. Her specialisms within the field of osteoarchaeology include palaeodemographic analysis and Romano-British urban populations.
A member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaelogy (BABAO), Lauren has substantial experience working as an osteoarchaeologist for a variety of institutions, both on site and in the laboratory. In 2008 she conducted analysis of over 550 skeletons multi-period cemetery of All Saints Fishergate in York, including analysis of 113 individuals interred in ten mass graves and thought to be Parliamentary soldiers pertaining to the 1644 Siege of York. This excavation was shortlisted for "Rescue Dig of the Year" by Current Archaeology.
Lauren joined the team at Heritage Burial Services, at the Oxford Archaeology South office in August 2015. She has also recently become an eMentor to archaeology students at the University of Sheffield.
Julia has worked within the Environmental Department at OA since 2007, after completing a BSc in Archaeology at the University of Reading and an MA in Landscape Archaeology at Bristol University.
During her 10 years at OA she has supervised the recovery of environmental material from a diverse range of sites. In particular, she oversaw the environmental aspects of the major infrastructure projects at St Brieuc, Brittany and at the Bexhill to Hastings Road Scheme in East Sussex. As an archaeobotanist, Julia now spends much of her time in the environmental laboratory at OA’s Oxford office, analysing charred and waterlogged plant macrofossils and charcoal.
Head of IT
Paul has Group responsibility for the support of OA’s IT systems and users, in all OA offices and sites in the UK and abroad. He manages a small team of technical specialists based in Oxford and elsewhere.
Paul has been continuously employed in archaeology since the late 1970s, with breaks to gain archaeology degrees from Durham and Leicester universities. Between running urban excavations, Paul also became a medieval pottery specialist, which involved doing a lot of hard sums. One day in 1982 somebody showed him a clever toy to do the sums for him, and the rest is history. Ever since then, he has been working with computer systems in archaeology, principally in Stamford, Lincoln, and Oxford.
Senior Project Manager
Louise has worked in commercial archaeology since 2005. She has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MA in Practical Archaeology from the University of Birmingham.
In her current role, Louise coordinates large-scale complex evaluations and excavations, along with associated post-excavation publication. She also undertakes Desk-based Assessments and Heritage Impact Assessments. Further to this, she is an archaeological surveyor, and experienced in graphics and geomatics.
Louise has a particular interest in British prehistory. She has worked extensively across East Anglia and the East Midlands, and has a broad knowledge of the historic environment. Major projects she has overseen include 27 excavations along the 60 kilometre Covenham to Boston Pipeline in Lincolnshire; a prehistoric landscape in Raunds, a Bronze Age funerary landscape in East Tilbury and a series of Bronze Age alignments made up of over 400 posts at the Bell Language School, Cambridge.
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Patrick (Pat) Moan
Senior Project Manager
Pat has worked in commercial archaeology since 2008 and holds a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History from Reading University.
In his current role as Senior Project Manager, Pat co-ordinates archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation programmes for large residential, commercial and infrastructure projects across the East of England. Major projects he has directed fieldwork for include the Norwich Northern Distributor Road for Balfour Beatty, Wintringham New Housing for Urban and Civic and Great Chesterford New Housing for Bellway Homes.
A background in heritage consultancy also means he is skilled in the production of Desk-Based Assessments, Heritage Impact Assessments, Heritage Statements, Setting Assessments and Cultural Heritage EIA chapters. Some of his major pieces of work include a setting assessment for the National Trust owned Wimpole Estate, PEIR heritage chapters for Heathrow West and Hornsea Project Four and the ES heritage chapter for the Morlais Tidal Array, Anglesey.
Pat has a particular interest in prehistoric landscapes and the transition from the Late Iron Age to Early Roman period.
Pat is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Head of Buildings
Julian has worked on medieval houses, castles, cathedrals, and country houses, and is interested both in the archaeology of buildings and the link between documentary history and extant remains of the past. With an interest in urban and rural landscapes, he has examined the relationship between places, their physical remains and written history, and has published numerous studies.
He often undertakes investigation and assessment of historic buildings and places for planning purposes, and has been involved in a series of Conservation Plans for national monuments (castles, country houses and cathedrals), for National Trust, English Heritage and others, and planning assessments of greater and lesser buildings of all types and periods.
Julian is involved in teaching and outreach activities, and is a frequent public speaker on many aspects of the historic environment. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), has often appeared as an expert witness at public inquiries and planning hearings. He is Chairman of the Chichester Cathedral Fabric Committee (FAC).
Senior Executive Officer: Research and Publications, OAN
Rachel graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and has worked in the North West for more than 30 years, during that time gaining a wealth of knowledge about the archaeology of the region. She acts as Senior Executive Officer: Research and Publications at OA North, in which role she oversees the post-excavation programme from post-excavation assessments through to publications. From its instigation, she has been the Series Editor for the Lancaster Imprints monographs and has overseen the development of the Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed series. She also has an overview of community and research project undertaken by the office.
Rachel has a deep commitment to the archaeology of the region, with a specialism in the early medieval period. She acted as period coordinator for this during the compilation of the North West Regional Archaeological Research Framework, working also as a member of its steering group. She was also a member of the steering group for the Hadrian’s Wall Research Framework, and has acted as a committee member for the last two Hadrian’s Wall Pilgrimages and also the 2019 event, and the International Limes Congress, held in Newcastle in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, and Trustee of both the Senhouse Museum Trust and the Mouswald Trust, as well as being active in other local societies.
Rebecca Nicholson graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and History from the University of York, followed by an MA in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (University of Sheffield) and a D.Phil (University of York). Her professional career started in the 1980s as a technician in the Environmental Archaeology Unit at the University of York, followed by employment as environmental archaeologist for a commercial archaeological unit in Newcastle and academic research posts at the Universities of York and Bradford. She joined Oxford Archaeology as Environmental Manager in 2005.
Rebecca is responsible for designing and co-ordinating the sampling programmes for OAS excavations and liaises with other specialists within and outside OA to ensure high academic standards and to provide an effective outcome for our clients. Her specialism is archaeozoology, particularly the study of fish remains and fishing through the ages, and she has worked on many assemblages mostly from England and Scotland. Rebecca also has an editorial role in other post-excavation projects.
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), and member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology.
Illustrator Project Officer
Adam has worked at Oxford Archaeology North for over thirteen years as a core member of the Illustration and Publications team. He has a number of skills from manual illustration of artefacts, digital illustration and Photoshop work, and use of AutoCAD and GIS packages, to identification and analysis of early medieval artefacts and production of publication text. In this time he has produced a number of archaeological monographs, popular publications, posters, interpretation panels, museum designs, leaflets, digital content for the web, teachers packs, and schools resource boxes. Adam’s primary area of interest is the early medieval period in Britain, particularly Northern Britian, and he has a particular interest in artefacts of the period and their manufacture. He is the co-author of: 'Shadows in the Sand': A viking-age cemetery at Cumwhitton, Cumbria; the academic publication for the important Pagan inhumation cemetery at Cumwhitton, for which he was also the illustrator and typesetter. He is also actively involved in the St Michaels Church, Workington, post excavation project looking at the early medieval burials, finds, sculpture, and phases of the church.
He has also run many outreach events for OA North, including museum events for Tullie House and Carlisle Castle, schools projects and archaeology open days.