Melissa Melikian BA MSC MCIFA

Director (Operations Director, London)

Melissa Melikian

Melissa has been working in commercial archaeology for over 20 years. After graduating, Melissa worked as an excavator for the Museum of London Archaeology Service. During this period, she worked on a number of prestigious sites including the cemetery at Spitalfields, London where she learned skills in the recording and retrieval of human remains. During her MSc she was a visiting scholar at the Royal College of Surgeons and Natural History Museum, London. Melissa joined AOC Archaeology in 2001 and has since been involved in the supervision and management of several large cemetery excavations. She is responsible for the creation and development of the osteology department at AOC Archaeology. In 2007 Melissa was promoted to Post-Excavation Divisional Manager which involved the management and implementation of AOC South’s post-excavation programme.

In December 2007, Melissa was further promoted to Operations Director of the southern region and is responsible for the management of all the offices within that area. This includes all the finances, line management of a team of staff and the overseeing of projects. Melissa has managed many major infrastructure projects on behalf of AOC, including the Olympic Park, East West Rail Alliance and HS2 North Priority and Enabling Packages.


Selected Bibliography

Melikian, M & Waldron, T 2003  An examination of skulls from two British sites for possible evidence of scurvy. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Vol. 13, 4, 201-212.

Melikian, M 2004 An archaeological watching brief of the exhumation of the Jesuit Cemetery at Manresa House, Roehampton. London Archaeologist, Summer 2004, Vol. 10, No. 9, 230-233.    

Melikian, M 2006 A case of metastatic carcinoma from 18th century London. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16, 2, 138-144.

Hindmarsh, E & Melikian, M 2006  Baldred’s Auldhame: a medieval chapel and cemetery in East Lothian.  The Archaeologist, Summer 2006. No. 60, 37-39.

Stevens, T, Melikian, M & Grieve, SJ  2006 Excavations at an early medieval cemetery at Stromness, Orkney. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 135 (2005), 371-393.

Melikian, M  & Sayer, K 2007  Recent investigations in the ‘Southern Cemetery’ of Roman Southwark. In Zakrewski SR & White W (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.  BAR International Series 1712.

Hart, D & Melikian, M 2008  Ritual deposit on a Roman site in the City. London Archaeologist, Winter 2007/2008, Vol. 11, No. 11, 300-305.

Melikian, M  2008  Moselle Place: from a high status medieval farmhouse to a Georgian house. Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, Vol. 58, 151-168.

Ives, R & Melikian, M 2009 Current Findings and Research Potential of a Post-Medieval Osteological Collection from London. Paleopathology Newsletter No. 145, 15-21.

Bruce, G,  Perring, D, Stevens, T & Melikian, M 2009 Roman and Medieval Activity in the Upper Walbrook Valley: Excavations at 12-18 Moorgate, City of London, EC2, 1997. Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, Vol. 60, 73-89.

Eddisford, D,  Melikian, M & Wilson, M 2010  The Medieval Manor of Chilvers Coton: excavations at Bermuda Park, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 1970–2004. Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society, Vol. 114, 81-109.