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 in 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..

Clare-Randall Pete Fairclough Jackie Pugh

A few biographies..

Richard McConnell BA (hons), MCIfA – 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.


Cheryl Green BA (hons), PhD, MCIfA, FSA – Post-excavation Manager and Historic Buildings 

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 recently released excavation monograph is a landmark for our understanding of British monasticism (Gilchrist and Green 2015, 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. Cheryl is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


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.


Clare Randall BA, BSc, MSc, PhD, MCIfA, FSA,  – Archaeological Officer

Clare first picked up a trowel at the age of thirteen, and following a detour into teaching and the civil service returned to education to compete a BSc in Archaeology, MSc in Osteoarchaeology and PhD at Bournemouth University. She worked as Research Assistant on the South Cadbury Environs Project which involved a range of geophysical and other survey work, excavation and post-excavation tasks. Her PhD thesis looked at later prehistoric land use and animal husbandry in the south west of Britain, and involved analysis of the large faunal assemblage from Cadbury Castle, and surrounding sites. She taught undergraduate and masters courses in zooarchaeology and later British and European prehistory at Bournemouth University for a year. Since 2011Clare has worked as a freelance osteoarchaeologist alongside holding various roles in museums in Dorset. She has a particular interest in Bronze Age and Iron Age land use; pathology in livestock populations; refinement of livestock ageing methods; later prehistoric cremation practice; and Late Iron Age and post-Roman burial practice. Clare had been Treasurer of the Prehistoric Society since 2011 and a Trustee of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society since 2014. Clare joined Context One in 2015 and involved in archive management, publications, human and animal bone assessment/analysis, report production and outreach. Clare is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


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.