Ruth began working on site as a volunteer excavator whilst still at school, later graduating with a BA in Archaeology from Exeter University. During this time she worked on a variety of sites including a Bronze Age trackway and an Iron Age chariot burial.
Following her graduation, Ruth worked for a number of years with the Museum of London; first as a field archaeologist and then later moving into their finds department. This lead to her acquiring substantial experience working with a range of finds from London, Leicestershire and also East Anglia.
Ruth returned to education at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, to complete an MA in Archaeology where she began to develop skills in ceramic analysis. This was furthered when she undertook a PhD in the petrographic analysis of a pottery assemblage from Tra Kieu, central Vietnam. During the time of her PhD she participated in six seasons of excavation at the site.
Since the completion of her PhD Ruth has been working as a freelance finds archaeologist until joining Suffolk County Council to work on an extensive review of their finds archive. In March 2015 she became part of Suffolk Archaeology CIC as the Finds and archive supervisor, as well as continuing to write some freelance specialist finds reports.