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JM has been working continuously in archaeology for over thirty years.  He set up John Moore Heritage Services taking over the services formerly offered by the Oxford office of an Edinburgh based company, of which he was a director. During the three years with that company he helped establish offices in England to broaden the base of the Edinburgh based company, being responsible for contracting services.  Prior to that JM held responsibility for all fieldwork projects undertaken by a large archaeological unit over a seven year period.  When funding for archaeological projects was changed from being Government based to being developer funded John was the first archaeologist specifically appointed within an archaeological organisation to seek commercial projects.  As such he has a broad base of dealing with different types of projects and designing suitable mitigation solutions in partnership with designers, architects and engineers.


The majority of John’s archaeological work has been in Southern England and the Midlands.  He has directed and published the results of major excavations in Berkshire and the Thames Valley.  He has also set up and managed many types of archaeological fieldwork including major urban excavations and evaluations in London, Oxford, Reading, Chertsey and Newcastle, and rural excavations and evaluations throughout southern England and the Midlands.  These have included work on pipelines and road schemes.


John was directly involved in the Environmental Assessments of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, advising on the scope and format of the Stage 2 archaeological work, and the Eton College Rowing Lake project, preparing the archaeological and cultural heritage section of the assessment and advising Council during the Public Inquiry.  He also directed evaluations and excavations of part of a Roman farmstead and Iron Age enclosed settlement for the Diamond Synchrotron Light Source development at Harwell in Oxfordshire.  This is the largest scientific development in Europe for several years. More recently John has managed a large 4 ha excavation of a Neolithic ritual monument complex in Basildon, Essex and the extensive field evaluations in the Topsham area of Devon.

For three years JM held a fellowship at the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara where he directed a major excavation of Islamic and Hellenistic levels of Tille Hoyuk as part of a large-scale international project. He has also worked in France, directed a fieldwork project in Ukraine and undertaken consultancy work in Germany.

He has written, and co-authored, three books on the results of major excavations and has produced numerous articles. He is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists.