James Billson BA MA
James graduated from Reading university in 2014 with a degree in Archaeology and History. This degree gave him the opportunity to excavate extensively, not only in Britain but abroad as well. In particular James was part of an excavation in Israel in the autumn of 2014, after which, he returned to Reading in order to complete a 1-year masters course in the Archaeology of Medieval Europe, with a specialist emphasis on the Archaeology of the Crusades. This masters course was partly inspired by his work abroad, with his dissertation being conducted around the material evidence of trade.
After joining AOC in a temporary role in the autumn of 2015, he has worked on a number of significant projects; both with AOC and other commercial companies such as Network Archaeology. Some examples of the large-scale projects James has worked on are Clandon Park and the excavations conducted at Sandy with AOC, and the Lincoln Eastern Bypass with Network Archaeology - this was a particularly significant excavation which revealed not only a roman farming complex, but an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, thousands of worked flints and a medieval brewing complex to name a few. During his time there, James was able to develop his skills in most of these areas.
Since gaining his degree, James has gained experience not only in fieldwork but also in desk based assessments, watching briefs, data processing, report writing, geological test pitting and geophysical work.