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.
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.
Health and Safety Advisor
Anthony staring work at OA North in 2007 and moved to OA East in 2010. He graduated from York University in 2002 with a BSc in Archaeology and then in 2004 with an MSc in Zooarchaeology. He has worked on a number of large pipeline and infrastructure projects across the country.
Anthony has particular interests in the Late Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and aviation archaeology. He has worked on several significant flint scatters including the Mesolithic site at Stainton West, Carlisle, and a Mesolithic house on the Isle of Man at Ronaldsway airport. He was the project officer in charge of the excavation of a large in-situ Late Upper Palaeolithic site at Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. He led the excavation of the Holme Fen Spitfire, and has been involved with the excavation of P51D Mustang ‘Ellie May’ and Halifax Bomber LL587.
Outside of OA, Anthony is involved with the People of the Heath community excavation project at Petersfield Heath.
Ant is also Oxford Archaeology East’s health and safety advisor, and is an Associate of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (AIOSH). He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
Chris is a senior project manager in the post-excavation department at OA South. His responsibilities are focused on the management of the final stages of projects: assessment and analysis of the results of excavations, and publication of a final report. This role involves focusing resources as efficiently as possible upon both the needs of our clients and relevant academic research questions.
Chris has worked at OA for over 14 years on projects ranging from an early Neolithic long house in Kent to the world’s first purpose-built office building, Somerset House in London. He has special interests in the prehistoric period, especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and in the use of quantitative methods in post-excavation analysis.
Chris has a BSc from the Institute of Archaeology in London and a PhD from Cambridge. He has worked on numerous excavations in Britain, France, Germany, Malta and Peru, and lectured for two years at the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Financial Officer
Andy joined OA as CFO in March 2021. Andy is a very experienced financial professional and joined OA after spending the past decade in global roles in the international charity sector. Prior to this he worked in industry and business consultancy. As well as financial management, Andy has extensive experience in business change, technology delivery, programme management and digital transformation.
At OA, Andy has overall responsibility for the leadership of finance, legal, HR, property and administration across all aspects of the charity.
Steve has experience at many levels of fieldwork, having been employed in professional archaeology since 1994. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Steve was responsible for the field direction of excavations of several large late Iron Age and Roman settlements. These include two large rural Roman ‘small towns’ and a villa complex. Each project was completed over periods of several months with large field teams, and included significant volunteer involvement that had to be managed as part of the excavations. Following fieldwork, Steve had a role in the analysis and publication of each site, and was the lead author for the Higham Ferrers and Thurnham Villa monographs.
Steve also has a wide range of project management experience, with notable large projects being the investigation of an important copper works at Swansea, carriage widening around the M25, and the ongoing excavations at Great Western Park, Didcot. Each of these have provided challenging programmes, deadlines, excavation conditions and archaeological remains, which have been successfully managed to provide project delivery to the clients.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Chief Business Officer
Dan has worked for OA since 1992, starting as a volunteer and working his way up the fieldwork ranks. He has extensive experience of project management and the pursuit of new contracts, gained from his years as a Senior Project Manager and then as head of the OA South Fieldwork and Contracts teams. As CBO, he is responsible for operations company-wide, ensuring quality and compliance across all OA projects. He also leads on business development.
Dan is also responsible for Health and Safety at OA. He is a Technical Member of the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH). He is a Director of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and is its advisor on health and safety issues. Dan is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and also regularly advises the organisation in health and safety matters, as well as being a member of its Registered Organisations Committee. Dan is closely involved in OA’s partnerships, particularly with Pre-Construct Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, and leads on the COPA team bidding for work on Phase 1 of HS2.
Dan's main interest is in Anglo-Saxon archaeology and in particular the origins of Oxford. He is a member of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society.