Jamie Quartermaine (BA Hons, Surv Dip, MCIfA) has been a project officer and then project manager at OA North since 1984, and has considerable experience of all aspects of commercial archaeology. He has specialised in landscape recording and building surveys, and is one of the leading authorities in the study of archaeological landscapes. He has published monographs on the archaeological landscapes of the Lake District and the archaeology of Thomas Telford’s Holyhead road through North Wales.
Jamie is a qualified land surveyor, and has striven to develop landscape and building recording techniques, which vary from the introduction of GPS techniques in the early 1990s, to laser scanning, LiDAR, GIS and, more recently, modern photogrammetry techniques. He has extensive experience of training in all aspects of digital recording and was involved in the training of a Nepalese survey team to undertake a comprehensive recording programme of a large 17th-century palace on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Senior Project Manager
Gareth is currently a Project Officer responsible for geomatics at Oxford Archaeology East. He has 12 years experience in UK commercial archaeology after graduating with a BA in Archaeology from the University of Reading and an MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. He has been directing fieldwork in the UK since 2007 and has also worked extensively on international projects, notably at Al Zubarah in Qatar, as well as in Sudan, Oman, Romania and Jordan. He has written and contributed to articles and monographs as well as publishing his own research in to Iron Age settlement morphology.
In his current position Gareth leads the geomatics team in Cambridge developing new procedures and methodologies, and tests new equipment and software to enhance OA’s geomatics capabilities. He is responsible for dGPS survey, CAD and GIS processing, 3D modelling and photogrammetry, and oversees the logistics of UAV (drone) surveys.
Illustrator Project Officer
Marie graduated with honours from Boston University, Massachusetts in 2002, with a BA in both archaeology and religion. Marie subsequently graduated from the University of York in 2003 with an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management. Since then, she has volunteered with several museums, worked as an outreach officer at Chester Amphitheatre, and has now worked for Oxford Archaeology North since 2006. She is also a member of the CIfA at Practitioner level.
Marie has become a core part of the Illustration and Publications team at OA North, with skills in manual illustration of artefacts, digital illustration, book design and typesetting, and GIS and AutoCAD. Marie is particularly interested in book production, outreach and education, and Iron Age and Roman pottery.
Marie has produced many archaeological monographs, popular publications, interpretation panels, leaflets, reconstructions, and teachers' packs. She also helped produce several issues of OA’s internal magazine, and has helped with several outreach events for OA North.
Mairead has worked as a palynologist for 30 years, with experience in both industry and research. She joined BP Exploration and Research in 1989, taking part in scientific expeditions to the Yemeni desert and the Pontide Mountains in Turkey. After relocating to the north of England, Mairead joined a research team at Durham University in 1994, investigating sea level changes and landscape evolution along the west coast of the USA, NW Scotland, the Humber estuary and Swale-Ure washlands. Since joining OAN in 2010, Mairead has worked on diverse projects for all three offices, and is particularly pleased to add identification and interpretation of fungal spores as a routine part of palynological assessments and analysis, as well as assessment and analysis of water-logged plant remains, to these projects.
Mairead obtained her degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Dublin (1982), followed by an MSc in palynology from the University of Sheffield (1983).
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 has managed 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.
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.
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.
Gerry joined Oxford Archaeology as an Archaeologist in 2000, after graduating from the University of Reading. Since gaining promotion to Senior Project Manager in early 2013, Gerry has managed projects as diverse as the excavations on the nationally important Upper Palaeolithic flint scatter site at Guildford fire station, and an industrial metal working site at Rogerstone, South Wales. Gerry has also managed numerous other excavations, evaluations, geophysical surveys and watching briefs. Gerry’s responsibilities include the day to day management of field work projects and liaison with clients, consultants, field staff, contractors and the media. He also undertakes the post-excavation analysis of sites. Additionally Gerry has considerable involvement with the Contracts Department, compiling tenders for a wide range of projects and clients.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Christopher (Chris) Thatcher
Senior Project Manager
Chris has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Reading. He worked for a number of commercial units in East Anglia and London before joining Oxford Archaeology East (then CCC AFU) in 2006.
As a Project Officer, Chris directed a wide range of fieldwork projects on sites around the region, including numerous sites in medieval Huntingdon and broadacre evaluations and excavation ahead of housing development in Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire. He has produced a large number of reports on excavated sites and is a grey literature sub-editor for OA East. Chris edited the Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey Reports, and has completed a Rapid Assessment Report for English Heritage's National Importance Programme Project.
Senior Project Manager
Adam has nearly 20 years' experience in professional archaeology in Britain. After starting as a commercial field archaeologist he graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2001 with a First Class BA in Archaeology and Prehistory, followed by an MA in European Prehistory at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and then undertook research into middle Neolithic pottery at Sheffield University, gaining his PhD in 2013.
Adam is an experienced archaeologist, having worked at multiple commercial companies including PCA, MOLAS, and ARCUS, and then as a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology North. His portfolio as a project manager includes a large landscape project at Newark, medieval excavations at Carlisle Cathedral and post-medieval and industrial sites near Manchester. He has undertaken post-excavation work, including specialist analysis and report production relating to prehistoric pottery, and has contributed to several peer review articles in this capacity.
Adam is in the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA) and a member of both the Prehistoric Society and Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group.
Magdalena (Magda) Wachnik
Magdalena has an MA in archaeology, with a specialization in the conservation of archaeological relics, which was attained from Nicholaus Copernicus University in Poland. She produced high quality illustrations for this university for 6 years and for last 10 years for OA South Graphics Office.
Her duties cover a wide range of types of finds drawings from many archaeological periods. She has a keen interest in photography. This began with an extensive course in practical photography at Art School which has been extended through a further course at University. Her illustrations and photographs contribute to over 20 OA publications.
Since she become Graphics Office Manager, in addition to regular Archaeological Illustrator duties, Magdalena is supervising the daily work of the graphics team; interfacing with printers, typesetters, and project managers to facilitate production of various types of publication; and dealing with publication and copyright issues.
Robin started work in commercial archaeology in and around Sheffield in 2005. Following completion of his Masters degree, he began work with OA in 2012 where he has building his experience in the field, and with graphics and geomatics.
Chief Executive Officer
Ken has over 30 years' experience in professional archaeology and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). After graduating in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, Ken worked as a geologist before transferring to archaeology in 1988.
Since joining Oxford Archaeology in 1995, Ken has managed a wide range of archaeological projects and has particular experience in the management of complex mitigation schemes within large-scale infrastructure works, development of innovative and cost-effective approaches to archaeological mitigation, implementation of digital recording systems, databases and GIS analysis and the provision of archaeological planning advice.
From 2016, Ken was the Regional Manager for OA South, responsible for the successful operation of that office.
Ken is also a qualified Health and Safety Advisor and helps co-ordinate and implement health and safety policy at OA.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he obtained a BA (Hons) in archaeology, John has worked as a professional archaeologist for nearly 30 years, becoming a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) in 1987. A highly experienced fieldwork director and post-excavation researcher, John spent much of his early career working in historic urban environments, where he gained considerable expertise in the excavation of highly complex archaeology, including internationally significant waterlogged deposits.
John is vastly experienced in the excavation, recording and interpretation of multi-period archaeological remains, though his principal research interests lie in the archaeology of the Roman army and the development of urbanism in Britain. Since joining OA North in 2001, he has established a reputation as a leading expert on the Roman period in northern England, and has developed a strong track record of post-excavation analysis and publication. John has authored a wide range of archaeological reports, including substantial monographs presenting the results of large-scale urban excavations he directed at Winchester and Carlisle.