Ricky Patten

Project Manager


Ricky has been with the CAU for over twenty years, and is now one of our project managers, overseeing fieldwork and post-excavation for our clients. In his career, he has worked with many types of clients including housing developers, infrastructure contractors, and Cambridge colleges. He has experience in leading both urban and rural projects.

Some highlights of his career have been: 

  • overseeing excavations on Round Church Street in the historic core of Cambridge for Trinity College

  • leading on the archaeological works preceding the redevelopment of Old Court for Clare College and Pump Court for Jesus College, which uncovered remains of medieval religious buildings 

  • leading fieldwork at Earith Quarry, Cambridgeshire and Eyebury Quarry near Peterborough

  • overseeing fieldwork at Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge ahead of major housing development by Gallaghers. 


Ricky is also the CAU’s Departmental Safety Officer. He advises on the safety requirements of both our field teams and office staff, and liaises closely with our clients’ safety teams and the University Safety Office. Ricky also manages our accreditation with industry bodies.

Key publications

Evans, C., S. Lucy, and R. Patten 2018. Riversides: Neolithic Barrows, a Beaker Grave, Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon Burials and Settlement at Trumpington, Cambridge (CAU Landscape Archives: New Archaeologies of the Cambridge Region, Volume 2). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. 

Evans, C., with M. Brudenell, R. Patten and R. Regan 2013. Process and History: Prehistoric Communities at Colne Fen, Earith. (The Archaeology of the Lower Ouse Valley, Volume I). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. 

Evans, C. and R. Patten 2012. An Inland Bronze Age: Excavations at Striplands Farm, West Longstanton. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 101: 115–142. 

Evans, C. and R. Standring, with Appleby, G., Patten, R., and Slater, A. 2012. A Landscape Corridor: A14 Improvements Investigations. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 101: 81–104. 

Patten, R. 2011. An Iron Age and Roman Settlement at Summersfield, Papworth-Everard. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 100: 7–46.