Alex gained his PhD at Cardiff University in 2016 looking at how we can understand Late Bronze Age and Iron Age society in the Thames Valley, following both his BA (Hons) and MA in Archaeology, also at Cardiff University. He joined Oxford Archaeology later in 2016 as a Project Officer in the Post-Excavation department. This role includes the analysis of predominantly prehistoric sites after they have been excavated, compiling information from specialist reports, and writing up assessments and publications.
His special interests are all aspects of the Bronze Age and Iron Age. He is also interested in the use of ethnography in archaeological analysis and how we can integrate all parts of the archaeological record to help understand prehistoric societies.
Alison holds a BA in Archaeology from the University of York and an MA in Reseach in Archaeology from the University of Reading. She has been with the buildings department at OA since 2006 and has carried out many archaeological surveys and heritage statements with impact assessments on a wide variety of projects, among them brick-built motorway bridges, royal palaces, and castles. Alison also undertakes some post-excavation work on building materials, particularly bricks and architectural stonework.
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.
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