About Us

Context One is an independent commercial unit specialising in all aspects of archaeological investigations across the South-West. Operating from Cornwall to Hampshire and from South Gloucestershire to the Dorset coast, we carry out around 70 projects a year. These range in size from monitoring small extensions to excavating large sites as part of major infrastructure projects. We are accredited archaeological contractors with all County Councils and Unitary Authorities in the South-West and our clients include a number of County Councils, utility companies and major building contractors.

Established since 1997 with offices in Wincanton, Somerset and Exeter, Devon, we pride ourselves on having a reputation for an expertise in the field, for producing high quality reports and having an attentive professional rapport with our clients.

The range of services that we offer include:

  • Watching Briefs
  • Field Evaluation
  • Excavation
  • Post-excavation work
  • Archaeobotanical processing
  • Rapid Appraisals
  • Digital Illustrations
  • GPS Surveying
  • Heritage Statements
  • Desk-Based Assessments
  • Geophysical Survey
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Historic Building Recording
  • Historic Landscape Survey
  • Osteoarchaeological assessment and analysis
  • Listed Building Consent applications
  • Scheduled Monument Consent applications
  • Reporting and Publication

We provide both consultancy advice and a free quotation as part of our initial complementary service so if you have any archaeological work that you are looking to place either now or in the future, we would be pleased to hear from you.

The Context One team..

Orlando Prestidge
Jackie Pugh

Chris TrippBarry Hennessy







A few biographies..

Richard McConnell BA (hons) – Projects Director

Richard is the co-founder of Context One and oversees all aspects of commercial and research work and takes a lead role in managing an average of 70 projects a year for the consultancy. He has extensive archaeological experience across a wide range of fieldwork investigations both in the UK and abroad including excavation, historic building recording, geophysical survey, earthwork surveys and artefact sampling techniques. Richard has also accumulated considerable experience in archaeological reporting and contributes towards many of the project reports and consultative documents produced by the consultancy as well as authoring articles published in academic journals. He is especially interested in medieval archaeology, fieldwork techniques, computer applications and the history of archaeology. Richard regularly gives talks to day schools and archaeological society events.


Stuart Milby BSc (hons), MSc – Fieldwork Manager 

Following graduation from King Alfred’s College, Winchester in 1998, Stuart spent three years working in commercial field archaeology on several large urban and rural sites for various archaeological units including Oxford Archaeology, Cotswold Archaeological Trust and Bath Archaeological Trust. In 2001, Stuart completed a Masters Degree in Human Osteology, Funerary Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, at the University of Sheffield. On successful completion of his MSc, Stuart returned to field archaeology in a supervisory capacity working on some of the largest archaeological excavations undertaken in the UK to date. Stuart has extensive experience in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork and has a specific interest in human remains and burial sites. He joined Context One in 2007 and is now Fieldwork Manager for the company.


Cheryl Green BA (hons), PhD, University of Reading, 2001 – Historic Buildings Archaeologist and Post-excavation

Cheryl has a broad range of archaeological experience within both the commercial and academic arenas, with specific interests in ecclesiastical archaeology and worked stone. After graduating from the University of Reading (1992-1995), Cheryl was a field archaeologist for Oxford Archaeology and Thames Valley. Her PhD (1997-2001) analysed the use of Quarr stone in relation to the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval stone building industries of Southern England. Cheryl joined Context One in 2004, predominantly writing reports but also developing her interest in worked stone and buildings archaeology. In 2007 Cheryl was appointed as the Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for a pilot project, led by Professor Roberta Gilchrist (U of R), assessing the historic excavation archive of Glastonbury Abbey. Following a one-year return to Context One, Cheryl has worked for the Glastonbury Abbey project, analysing the extensive records and co-ordinating a large team of specialists. The forthcoming excavation monograph is a landmark for our understanding of British monasticism (Gilchrist and Green 2014, Society of Antiquaries). Cheryl has published in Medieval Archaeology and gives regular talks on the Glastonbury Abbey project. Cheryl re-joined Context One in September 2012 whilst completing her work with Glastonbury Abbey.


Tara Fairclough BA (hons) – Archaeological Illustrator and Post-excavation Co-ordinator

An archaeology graduate of King Alfred’s College in Winchester, Tara has worked in professional archaeology since 1996. This has included working as a Field Archaeologist for companies such as St Albans City Council, Test Valley Archaeological Trust and Wessex Archaeology. Tara took a family break in 2002 before joining Context One in 2006 as an assistant illustrator. Tara is now the principle illustrator for the unit and has amassed extensive experience of all areas of archaeological illustration from map regression work and interpretation to small finds drawing and reconstruction work.


Orlando Prestidge BA (hons), MA – Project Archaeologist

Orlando graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 and completed a Masters Degree in 20th Century Conflict Archaeology at the University of Bristol in 2012. Since graduation, Orlando has built up an impressive and varied CV in commercial archaeology, including work as a field archaeologist for Trent and Peak and Northamptonshire Archaeology, and supervisory work within commercial Geophysics at Archaeological Services (WYAS). Orlando returned to Stratascan in 2013 and worked as a Project Officer, processing, interpreting and reporting on geophysical surveys for archaeological, engineering and environmental applications, before joining Context One in September 2014. Orlando specialises in the archaeology of 20th century conflict, and has conducted extensive research, both academically and independently, into the landscapes and material culture of the Great War on the Western Front, having an article published in the Exchanges journal in 2013. At Context One, Orlando’s duties includes report writing, desk-based research, illustration, geophysical survey and fieldwork projects.


Jackie Pugh – Accounts

Jackie joined Context One in 2011 and combines a part-time role in accounts with a similar position at Port Regis School at Motcombe. Jackie has over 20 years experience in accounting covering a wide range of roles within different industries.