Helen MacQuarrie MA (Hons), MPhil ACIFA

Project Officer

Helen MacQuarrieSince graduating with an MA in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow Helen has gained over ten years experience in commercial archaeology. The majority of Helen’s experience has been gained in the south-east of England, starting with AOC Archaeology Group in 2004.  Following four years working predominately in the field, Helen then spent three years working as part of the consultancy team at producing desk-based assessments, environmental statements and heritage statements.  In 2009 Helen returned to full time education after receiving a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake a post-graduate research project at the University of Bristol. The project focused on artefacts recovered from a liberated African cemetery on the island of St Helena.  In addition to coordinating the finds analysis Helen subsequently co-authored a monograph detailing the findings.  She returned to AOC Archaeology as a Project Officer in June 2011 and undertakes fieldwork, post-excavation and consultancy tasks. She continues to develop her research interests in the artefactual remains of the slave trade and Victorian funerary archaeology.

 As part of the consultancy team at AOC Archaeology Helen has provided heritage assessments, advice and expertise for sites and redevelopment schemes across the UK and has been responsible for the successful completion of various heritage chapters within Environmental Impact Assessments. This has included windfarm developers (such as Ecotricity); supermarket developers Tesco; a number of local planning authorities (including numerous Building Schools for the Future Schemes and strategic planning advice); and a range of other clients such as Pinnacle Consulting, Halcrow, Drivers Jonas and Mott MacDonald.


Selected Bibliography

MacQuarrie H & Pearson AF 2016, ‘Prize Possessions: Transported Material Culture of the Post-Abolition Enslaved - New Evidence from St Helena’, Slavery & Abolition (Vol 37:1)

Pearson A, Jeffs B, Witkin A & MacQuarrie H 2012, Infernal Traffic, Excavation of Liberated African Graveyard in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena. York: CBA.

MacQuarrie H, Blackmore L, Yeoman L, (in prep), Recreation and Reclamation: 16th/17th Century Archaeological Evidence from 18-30 Leonard Street, London Borough of Islington