The University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology are pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership between the two organisations.  Following the closure of ARCUS (Archaeological Research and Consultancy at University of Sheffield), the new partnership with Wessex Archaeology will ensure in the short term that disruption for former ARCUS clients is kept to a minimum.

In the longer term, the Department of Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology plan to work together across a wide range of areas building on the strengths of both organisations. Joint activities will include:  graduate training, student work placements, topics for student dissertations, community projects, specialist analysis and joint research projects.

Wessex Archaeology has now opened an office in Sheffield and the team based there includes a number of ex-ARCUS staff thereby ensuring that crucial regional knowledge and expertise are retained. The two Senior Project Managers, Oliver Jessop and Richard O’Neill, are leading experts in historic buildings and landscapes, and excavation and publication respectively. Wessex has appointed Chris Moore as the Regional Manager based in Sheffield. Chris’s expertise lies in heritage management and especially environmental impact assessment work.  

The opening of a Sheffield office is part of a strategy of regionalisation for Wessex Archaeology and is in addition to their Salisbury HQ and an office in Maidstone.

The main contacts at Wessex Archaeology will be:

  • Chris Moore, Regional Manager Sheffield

The main contact at the Department of Archaeology will be:

  • John Bennet, Head of Department.

Contact details

  • Chris Moore:; telephone 0114 255 9774
  • John Bennet:; telephone 0114 222 2900

Visit the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology website.