We would like to introduce you to some of the experts on our database which numbers over 1200 specialists in many diverse fields.

To book any of our experts please email casting@pastpreservers.com 

Dr. Alicia Colson

Archaeologist & Ethnohistorian

Alicia is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian specializes in the examination of rock art using research tools from the digital humanities and computing. She has undertaken fieldwork in northwestern Ontario in central North America as well as fieldwork in Canada, UK, US, and Antigua, she also undertook a teaching project in Namibia, and developed projects in various places globally with colleagues and working on two manuscripts for publication. She is a team-worker and has led managed and delivered projects overseas. Alicia has a wide range of interests including, the archaeology, anthropology, art history, ethnohistory and geography of the Boreal Forest and Southern Africa, History of the higher education system in North America, the history of the Republic of Letters, history of the tutorial method of teaching.

Ziad Morsy

Maritime Archaeologist & Ethnographer

“I’m an Egyptian Maritime Archaeologist, Heritage Enthusiast and an avid learner. Spent half of my life studying archaeology. Since graduation in 2009 I’ve been working at the Alexandria Centre for maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage as an administrator and research assistant until 2016. Through out my work in Alexandria, I’ve been involved in a number of archaeological projects, all related to underwater archaeology and 3D documentation of cultural heritage sites/objects. I’m currently a PhD Candidate/Researcher at the University of Southampton”

Dr. Nicky Nielsen

Egyptologist & Lecturer

Nicky is a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester and a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Originally from Denmark, Nicky was awarded an AHRC Block Grant to undertake PhD research at the University of Liverpool investigating subsistence strategies and craft production at the Ramesside fortress site of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. He obtained his PhD in 2016. He has excavated in Europe, Turkey and Egypt, and is currently the field director of the Tell Nabasha Survey Project, which conducts archaeological investigations of the ancient city of Imet located in the north-eastern Nile Delta. Nicky’s primary research interest is in the material culture of New Kingdom and Late Period Egypt, with emphasis on ceramics and craft production. He also specialises in Egyptian settlement archaeology, in particular in the Delta and the Marmarican Coast. He also teaches Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs at several levels.

Peggy Brunache

Archaeologist

Peggy is a historical archaeologist with a focus on slave plantation studies, the African Diaspora and the transatlantic slave trade. Her archaeological excavations have taken her from Benin in West Africa to the French Caribbean to the eastern seaboard of the US. When not lecturing at University of Dundee and University of Alabama at Birmingham in Anthropology and American Studies departments, Peggy works as a culinary consultant for Scotland’s Southern Fried music festival, creating menus that highlight authentic American soul food and southern cuisine for music fans and world-renowned artists alike. Peggy has made TV appearances on America’s FoodNetwork and has guested on numerous editions of BBC Radio Scotland’s food magazine show, The Kitchen Café.

Yossra Ibrahim

Archaeologist and Egyptologist

Yossra is an Egyptologist, specialising in archaeoastronomy. She received her B.A. majoring in Egyptology and minoring in Entrepreneurship and History from the American University in Cairo (AUC) and a Master’s Degree from Durham University. She is interested in several topics such as Moral and societal change in the Ramesside period, art and iconography, workshops, wood industry, medical practices and ancient restoration of monuments. Her main area of interest is astronomical activity in the Ancient Egyptian society; particularly astronomical texts and depictions in relation to kingship and cult as well as the relation of astronomy to religion.

Rory Cox

Historian

Rory is a professional medieval historian at the University of St Andrews. As well as sifting through medieval manuscripts and exploring castles, he is always eager to spend time in the great outdoors, whether cycling, hiking or running. He’s explored historical sites all over the world, and believes it’s important to show others how exciting history can be! In the past, he also worked for the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Oxford as a medieval historical lecturer. Rory is part of five different academic publications and has taken part in various academic book reviews. He is also a board member of the St. Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and of the Royal Historical Society.

Dr António Batarda

Archaeologist & Rock Art Specialist

António is an archaeologist working at the Coa Museum & Archaeological Park where he coordinates the Conservation Program, Educational Services & manage s the Museum’s social media. He holds a MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London & a PhD in Archaeology from Bournemouth University, both focusing on the conservation of the Coa Valley rock art sites.

Yvette Osborne

Archaeologist

Yvette says, “I am currently a field archaeologist living in Hawaii. I moved here to work as a Fellow at JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) on Hickam Air Force Base, and just decided to stay. I am a Quartermaster Officer in the Hawaiian Army National Guard and I enjoy flying to the Big Island to drill with my unit. I love to travel, I went gaga in Italy, especially at Pompeii, and I would love to explore more of Asia. Although I love my company and my position, I would really love to get out and have adventures, travelling, excavating and seeing what’s out there. I feel the time is now!”

Dr. Joe Simmons

Archaeologist & Dentist

Joe says “For me, it was always about the sheer thrill of discovery! One picture that completely captivated me was the one of Howard Carter peering through the entrance to King Tutankhamun’s lost tomb. I first experienced that feeling during a summer Archaeological Field School in Taos, New Mexico, during my last years in college and I’ve been hooked ever since! My flashes of discovery have ranged widely: From finding 70-pound ingots of silver on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, to successfully uncovering key construction features of an early sixteenth-century vessel of exploration in the Caribbean. From reading passages in ancient Spanish documents, to finding on display in a Dutch village a nearly exact duplicate of a gunpowder weapon from the oldest shipwreck excavated in the Caribbean. From revealing marks on cannons on the seafloor identifying the British makers, to understanding the exact construction sequence of a wrought-iron weapon made 500 years earlier. I continue to be thrilled by discovery.”

Andrea Kay

Archaeologist

Andrea is an archaeologist and doctoral student focusing on human-environment interaction. She is currently researching subsistence strategies and land use in sub-Saharan Africa, from the early iron age until the 15th century. Andrea specializes in GIS and spatial analysis in archaeology, and has extensive experience with mapmaking and model building. In the past she developed an agent-based model of the neolithic transition in Europe, to explore social factors contributing to the spread of farming societies. She has also worked on field and museum projects in Egypt, Jordan, Italy, the UK, Hawaii, Wyoming, Montana, and Belize, spanning a range of historical periods and environmental settings.

Jacob Wright

Historian

Jacob taught for several years at the University of Heidelberg before going to Emory’s Candler School of Theology. He offers in the School of Theology, College, and the Graduate Division of Religion courses on biblical interpretation, the history and archaeology of ancient Israel, and Northwest Semitic languages. He is the author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers, which won a Sir John Templeton Award (the largest prize for first books in religion). In addition to several edited volumes, he recently published two books on King David (one with Cambridge University Press and another, the first of its kind, as an enhanced ebook on Apple iTunes). Jacob taught a free online course to 27,000 students this summer. His next book is under contract with Simon & Schuster.

 

Dr Victor Thompson

Archaeologist

Victor is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Archaeological Science at Georgia University. He is the 2009 C.B. Moore award recipient for excellence in archaeology by an early career archaeologist working in the American Southeast. He has been involved in field and museum based work in Mexico, the Caribbean, the Midwest, and the Southeast, especially in Veracruz, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida. His research interests include the archaeology of islands and coasts, archaeological survey, shallow geophysics, historical ecology, hunter-gatherers, ritual and monumentality. He enjoys beer, arguing, and travel.

Dr. Adrienne Lazazzera

Anthropologist, Archaeologist & Martial Artist

Adrienne is an anthropologist, archaeologist and martial artist. By nature and by profession, she is curious, adventurous and inquisitive. She loves puzzles and has the tenacity to pursue a question to it roots along all avenues until an answer surfaces. Digging into the past whether philosophically or physically is for her like such an adventure. Part of her passion is to know all sides and to allow all involved to have a voice. Seven years of practice in the martial arts has refined her ability to be fair as well as doggedly persistent in getting to the bottom of things, whether the clarity of her own insights or the facts of “what happened here.” It has also given her a sense of balance, fun and play in everything she does.

David Gadzala

Experimental Archaeologist

David is a professionally licenced consulting archaeologist and experimental archaeologist with over seven years of experience. He is passionate about the history of hunting and gathering peoples, and committed to educating the general public about archaeology and the past. He also has an interest and experience creating “primitive” tools with the goal of comparative analysis with excavated archaeological assemblages. David has a Master of Arts degree in Public Issues Anthropology and an Honors Bachelor of Science with distinction in Archaeological Sciences. David is also a member in Canadian Archaeological Association, Ontario Archaeological Society, Ontario Association of Professional Archaeologists, & Association des Archéologues du Québec.

Breck Parkman

Archaeologist

Breck has a global perspective on archaeology and history from having worked at various locations around the world, including field research throughout California, the Canadian Plains, in Central Siberia, and on the South Coast of Peru. He strives to make his research accessible to the public and as a result his work has been featured in almost 200 media interviews and news articles published in various newspapers, including the affiliates of United Press International and Associated Press. He is passionate about his work and is dedicated to sharing it with the public. As a past president of the Society for California Archaeology, Breck has sought creative ways to reach the public with the meaning, nature, and importance of archaeology.

Tom Roswell

Historian

Tom has produced and presented several short documentaries and has worked as a freelance journalist for over 7 years. His academic concentrations are in media, communications, and history. He is a confident and eloquent speaker with experience in film making and video production. He graduated from UCL with an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and spends his free time traveling. Recently he has been hiking across Sweden examining rune stones, visiting pagan holy sites in Lithuania and examining and admiring the Buddhist temples of Sri Lanka and Thailand. He is a hands-on, physical presenter; an MMA fighter, marathon runner and climber, he likes to combine study of religious history with the natural environment to see how the two influence each other. 

 

Andrew Buckley

Writer and Filmmaker

As creator and host of WGBH- Hit and Run History: The Columbia Expedition, Andrew has combined his skills as an investigator with a contagious enthusiasm for the unknown chapters of the past. From the dusty archives to the streets and waters of New England and the world, the intrepid Andrew engages with experts and his crew with a sense of adventure and fun, putting audiences willingly in the passenger seat. Recently nominated for a New England Emmy, you can learn more about Andrew and Hit & Run History at their website and on Instagram

Jem Duducu

Historian & Writer

Jem’s first love has always been history, ever since he saw the Sutton Hoo helmet as a small boy. He now works as a freelance trainer which has allowed him to hone his presentation and communications skills and has been posting articles about history online since 2012. He has been writing history books for Amberley Publishing since 2013. His style has been described as an historical guide; as he says “I take the reader/viewer on an introductory journey on a topic they may know little to nothing about”. The list of books include: The Busy Person’s Guide to British History, The British Empire in 100 facts, Deus Vult a Concise History of the Crusades, The Napoleonic Wars in 100 facts, The Romans in 100 Facts, Forgotten History Unbelievable Moments from the Past, & The American Presidents in 100 Facts.

Dr Andrew Kinkella

Anthropologist & Archaeologist

Andrew is a full-time faculty member and the director of the Moorpark College Archaeological Program (MCAP). Since 1993, Andrew has spent 17 field seasons in the jungles of west-central Belize, studying the Classic Maya (AD 250-900). His archaeological research focuses on a string of 25 cenotes (water-filled sinkholes) located in the Cara Blanca region of Belize, and how the ancient Maya used these cenotes during water rituals. His research includes an underwater component, where the cenotes are explored and mapped using diving equipment.

Dougald O’Reily

Archaeologist

Dougald is a Lecturer at the Australian National University and has been excavating in Southeast Asia for over a decade. Currently he is researching near Angkor at the Iron Age site of Lovea and a moated site in Thailand on a project called Paddy to Pura: Origins of Angkor. He is deeply committed to heritage preservation and is the founder of the international NGO Heritage Watch – Cambodia which works to combat heritage destruction and promote education in Cambodia. He has also just released an interactive iBook for use at the temples of Angkor.

Jody Neal Segergren

Curator and Archaeologist

Jody has a passion for Egyptian archaeology, underwater cultural heritage and ancient art. Her professional background has included her work as a Curator of Arab art and culture for the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture museum in Saudi Arabia, a UNESCO fellow/student for World Heritage Management, an Art Specialist at Christie’s and a lecturer in Ancient Egyptian Art and Language at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, in addition to extensive archaeological fieldwork in lower Egypt. She currently holds an MA in Egyptian archaeology, an MSc in World Heritage Management (Egypt and marine heritage) and is pursuing her doctorate.

Dr. Rose Drew

Physical Anthropologist

Rose is a physical anthropologist with a focus on human skeletal material, and has been a ‘dirt’ archaeologist since 1995. She has worked in the Caribbean, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Oslo, Cyprus and England, studying indigenous Americans, Vikings, Romans, moderns and folks who lived in medieval times. Rose worked with the Mary Rose remains for a few years, often giving lectures to visiting VIPs, and in one article discusses possible cerebral palsy in two crewmen! Rose is also a performance poet, with a TEDx talk on performance poetry, and has co-hosted a monthly ‘open mic’ in York since January 2006. Rose loves to present lectures to historical societies as well as at conferences, and teaches on Native American topics, archaeological theory and bio-archaeology. She’s made several TV appearances and is most pleased with solving the Cause of Death of Joseph Merrick, a/k/a The Elephant Man. “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein

 

Scarlett Rose McGrail

Archaeologist, Museum Consultant, Presenter

An archaeologist with a passion for telling people about it, Scarlett is a fully qualified and experienced archaeologist with a love of natural history and a talent for presenting it. She first worked for the TV series Time Team at the age of 19 while studying for a BA in Archaeology and Performing Arts at Winchester University. Now with over a decade of experience, she has participated in digs all over the UK and has uncovered many fascinating things from lost Roman temples, crumbling castles, prehistoric settlements and Victorian cellars. She also has a MA in public archaeology from UCL and possesses a thirst for adventure and discovery. She is currently a consultant to Thailand’s National Science Museums where she successfully designs exhibitions, presents science shows to the public, carries out academic research, performs media related tasks and participates in taxidermy for scientific study.

Mary Habstritt

Historical Consultant

Mary is a former academic librarian who now commands LILAC, America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender, a ship that once brought supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Coast Guard. She also works as a freelance historical consultant, interpreting and telling the stories of America’s manufacturing and engineering past.  She is currently working on an anniversary history for the 100-year old A. Ottavino Granite company and recently worked on interpretive displays on steam engines and lithography at Manhattan’s first REI store in the landmark Puck Building.  The unearthing of these stories has often led Mary to advocate for historic industrial sites, the overlooked underdogs of historic preservation. She is a past president and former events coordinator for the Society for Industrial Archeology

Colin Cadieux

Archaeologist, Adventurer and Explorer

Graduate of the University of Toronto, for the past 9 years Colin has worked in the middle East, Spain and Canada. He is a freelance archaeologist who loves to teach archaeological methods and theory to aspiring archaeologists. He is a climber, canoeist, long distance cyclist and hiker.  Colin is currently working as an archaeologist for a Cultural Resource Management company preserving the rich history of the First Nations of Canada. He is continuing his research of the Mycenaean trade networks in the Levant during the dark period between 1250 and 1150 B.C.E.

 

Tom Irvin

Archaeologist

Tom has been involved within the field of archaeology for over 15 years and has a passion for public education and outreach. He is a professionally licensed archaeologist in his home province of Ontario where he has directed dozens of terrestrial archaeological excavations. He has also directed marine archaeological projects in the Great Lakes region and has also worked on marine excavations in the Baltic Sea. He is currently employed as a terrestrial Archaeological Review Officer with the Ontario government. Tom also has experience in the television and film industry having worked as an extra in two dozen features films, television shows and commercials. 

Dr. Jasmine Day

Cultural Anthropologist and Egyptologist

Jasmine is a cultural anthropologist and Egyptologist, a world expert on Egyptian mummies in popular culture and museums and author of “The Mummy’s Curse: Mummymania in the English-speaking World” She has lectured and published worldwide on such subjects as Victorian mummy fiction and poetry, classic mummy horror films and the ethics of mummy exhibition, including at the International Congress on Mummy Studies. You can listen to Jasmine’s interview about mummymania on horror blog Theofantastique And  you can also listen to an interview at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose CA. To keep up to date with Jasmine, you can visit her academia.edu page that lists her publications and forthcoming papers. 

Matthew Steinkamp

Geoarchaeologist

Matthew is a geoarchaeologist in Portland, Oregon and has experience in a variety of landscapes that include jungle, mountain, desert, lakes, riverine, caves and karst, lava tubes, burial mounds and rockshelters and subaqueous areas of lakes and ocean. His expertise includes; geomorphology and geoarchaeology of prehistoric sites, archaeological field methods, archaeological laboratory methods, stratigraphy, sedimentology, soil analysis and description, micro-fossil analysis, storm water infiltration, geologic mapping, mineral separation. Matthew has experience in all phases of archaeological survey, inventory, testing, data recovery and mitigation, burial excavations, and site geomorphology, as well as developing research designs, testing plans, and client and tribal consultation.

Pauline Carroll

Archaeologist

Over the last 17 years, Pauline has worked on projects across the UK, Italy and in Egypt on a broad spectrum of sites and periods. She has participated in several community digs and acted as an Assistant Leader for the Leicestershire Young Archaeologists Club branch for 4 years. The most exciting project she has been involved in was the ‘Search for Richard III’ during 2012 and in her home city of Leicester. Pauline has always held a passion for Egyptology, and working as a mission member and as a Trustee for the South Asasif Project was also a dream come true. The project concentrates on the excavation and conservation of three 25th-26th Dynasty tombs in the Valley of the Nobles on the West Bank, Luxor, the on-going research is broadening our understanding of these later Kushite tombs.

David Rohl

Egyptologist

David has dedicated his life to learning all things Egypt and has professional experience lecturing in various universities since 1987 and continues to do so. He has published joint Egyptology academic papers and was the director of the Eastern Desert Survey and field director of the EDS archaeological mission. He also was the President of the Sussex Egyptology Society and the Institute for the study of Interdisciplinary Sciences. David has been featured and a host in a myriad of television shows namely, a three-part documentary series Pharaohs and Kings and in Search of Eden through the Discovery Channel
and Channel Four, the Sands of Time through Worldwide Television News, and finally was featured in the 2014 documentary movie, Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus by MMG. David also has been featured in several newspapers such as, Der Spiegel, The Jerusalem Report, and the Sunday Times. Check out his blog to get his latest news. 

 

John J. Jonston

Egyptologist

John is the Vice Chair of the The Egypt Exploration Society and continues to study part-time for his PhD at University College London, where he has been a regular contributor to both BA and MA courses, looking specifically at mortuary archaeology and the history of Egyptology. In addition to this purely academic work, John is committed to the importance of widening participation and public engagement in academia; he lectures regularly to societies and groups throughout the UK and has been invited to speak at institutions such as the British Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Hunterian Museum, London,  the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and the Petrie Museum. John is joint-editor of Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Literary and Linguistic Approaches (Peeters, 2011) and is presently working on two other volumes and a number of articles. He remains involved in the Society’s Oral History Project and sits on the Editorial Board of Egyptian Archaeology. He has also contributed to the DVD/BD releases of two restored Hammer mummy films and his introductory essay to Unearthed (Jurassic London, 2013), a collection of classic mummy tales, has been nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award.

 

Angela Keller

Archaeologist

With two decades of experience Angela is an archaeologist’s archaeologist. Angela has directed numerous field projects ranging from the investigation of ancient Maya road systems hidden in the Belizean rainforest to the reconstruction of WWII-era military training maneuvers in the vast Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. She specializes in the analysis of large landscapes interweaving cutting-edge scientific data, such as remote sensing and soil chemistry, with good old-fashioned dirt archaeology and historical accounts. As a researcher and educator, Angela works passionately to foster a richer understanding of the past in the broadest audience possible. Her other activities include managing an impressive fitness obsession, not worrying about her hair, skipping, laughing and making other people laugh by any means necessary. 

Graham McKay

Marine Archaeologist and Boatbuilder

Born and raised along the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Massachusetts, I’ve always been fascinated with boats and the water. After four years of studying economics and playing baseball at Harvard I found myself not wanting to head to Wall St. along with the rest of my class. Thus, my incurable interest in all things maritime led me to become both a commercial fisherman, and professional sailor. By 29, I was: A Sea Captain, A Commercial Diver, and a Fisheries Scientist. Ethically, the killing of marine life involved in commercial fishing became too much for me, and it was at this time I chose to further my education in Maritime History and Archaeology, and moved to the U.K. to attend the University of Bristol where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Maritime Archaeology. I am now the Executive Director and Master Boatbuilder at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, MA. Historically speaking, Lowell’s is the oldest operating wooden boat building business in the United States, as well as a working museum, whose mission is dedicated to continuing both the education and preservation of the craft of wooden boat building. (http://www.lowellsboatshop.com/) For the past 8 years I have continued to build boats, captain tall ships, and have launched several youth programs in boat-building and related maritime experiences. I have travelled throughout New England teaching and lecturing on the art and craft of wooden boat building, and have consulted on marine archaeological projects and findings.

Sarah Yeomans

Archaeologist

Sarah Yeomans is an archaeologist specializing in the Imperial period of the Roman Empire with a particular emphasis on ancient science and religion. Currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California, she also consults as Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society and is adjunct faculty at both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and West Virginia University. A native Californian, Sarah holds a M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, England and a M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Italy, Turkey, France and England and has worked on several television and film productions, most recently as an interviewed expert on “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.” She is a Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California, and is the recipient of a Research Fellowship from the American Research Institute of Turkey (ARIT) as well as a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library and Museum in Los Angeles. She is generally happiest when covered in dirt, roaming archaeological sites somewhere in the Mediterranean region.

Erin Lloyd Jones

Archaeologist

With a PhD on the way and having worked in the heritage sector for ten years, Erin describes herself as ‘Indiana Lloyd Jones’- getting people excited about archaeology. It’s not just the old things that she takes a fancy to. Heritage sites are still full of life today- whether that’s her colleagues who look after them, the people who visit them, or the animals and wildlife that now calls them home. Uncovering the hidden secrets of these sites is exactly what makes her tick- and sharing this with others makes her tock. For such a tiny collection of islands located in our big wild world, good old Blighty has a lot of exciting things to shout about and Erin’s aim is to discover all of the reasons that make Britain Great.

Dr. Amy Calvert

Egyptologist

Amy is an Egyptologist who holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She received her BA in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University and went on to earn an MA at the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology of the University of Memphis with an award-winning thesis examining the elaborate scenes on the chariot body found in the tomb of Thutmosis IV. Amy has been involved in several excavations in Italy, Egypt, and the U.S. and she has also worked at several major museums, including The British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Anthea Nardi

Physiotherapist & Archaeologist

Anthea’s philosophy on life is: “Life is all about the journey! How you get somewhere is just as important as where you end up, perhaps even more. Born in Canada, raised in Australia and being of Italian and Chinese descent, I’ve always loved traveling to the far corners of the world to learn about new cultures, meet new people and hopefully change preconceived notions and attitudes. My passion for history and archaeology started at a young age and I have excavated at archaeological sites in both Rome and Athens. As a Physiotherapist, I’ve had the chance to directly apply my skills, working with locals to support sustainable rehabilitation for people with disabilities living in remote regions in Nepal. Having a foundational understanding of history is fundamental in providing context to some of our current global issues today and allows me to participate as a global citizen of the world.”

Jordan Jacobs

Archaeologist & Museum Professional

As an archaeologist and museum professional, Jordan focuses on the interplay of policy, identity, and the past. He studied these issues at Stanford, Oxford, and as a Masters student at Cambridge, where his thesis on the politicization of Cuba’s archaeology earned the highest score in the program’s history. Since then, Jordan has worked in cultural policy at a variety of institutions—including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the American Museum of Natural History, and the 1970 Convention office at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters. He now serves as Head of Cultural Policy and Repatriation for UCL Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Jordan is also the author of the “Samantha Sutton” series of children’s archaeological adventure novels, which have received critical acclaim and nominations for the Society for American Archaeology book award for their incorporation of real-world sites, data and theory. He enjoys speaking to young readers and classrooms about archaeological practice and ethics. Jordan has traveled to around fifty countries and is always ready for a new adventure.

Dr. Kate Leonard

Archaeologist & Traveller

Kate is an archaeologist and traveller who is passionate about sharing her love of archaeology with the world. Her doctoral research focused on the Irish Late Bronze Age but her fieldwork has no borders! Over her career Kate has surveyed, excavated, and messed around in museum collections in Ireland, Lesotho, France, Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Mexico. She is currently in the midst of her self-directed project Global Archaeology where she is participating in 12 projects in 12 countries in 12 months. While lending an experienced helping hand to exciting archaeological projects she is exploring the world and documenting the journey through social media (www.globalarchaeology.ca). For Kate, archaeology is fascinating because it reveals stories of our shared global past, but equally as important is the way these stories can connect people in the present.

Dr. Emma Wells

Historian, Author & Building Detective

Emma defines herself as an academic, consultant, and author. She is a historian of late medieval/early modern religion and culture, and their associated art, architectural and ‘sensory’ environments. In 2017, she was appointed as Associate Lecturer and head tutor for the new collaborative MA in English Building History between the Centre for Lifelong Learning and Department of Archaeology, which Emma created, designed and developed. Emma is a stalwart of the buildings history approach which seeks to understand people through their surroundings – something she also employs to her writing. Yet, she uses a particularly innovative approach — the senses.

Urmi Chandra Vaz

Indologist & YouTuber

Urmi is a psychologist by training, a journalist by profession and an Indologist in the making. It is her passion for culture studies that makes her want to share what she learns. She also has diplomas in Comparative Mythology and Mysticism. Apart from studying, she currently teaches Mythology at the Mumbai University and is also authoring a book. “My domain and passion are Indology or studies pertaining to India. This niche field comprises the study of Indian history, literature, philosophy, and culture, of which my specialisations are religion and culture. I love to combine my media and academic experiences to find meaning in the endlessly complex cultural landscape of India.”

Dr. Marcy Rockman

Archaeologist

Marcy is an archaeologist turned climate policy wonk and currently serves as the US National Park Service Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources in Washington, DC. Her archaeological research is about how humans gather, share, remember, and transmit environmental information, particularly during colonization. She’s done fieldwork in England, across the American West, and in the Middle East, and worked in environmental compliance in many western states as well. Her policy work started with an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in which she figured out how to connect archaeology to homeland security risk communication at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  In her current role, she works on the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage and how to use cultural heritage information in federal- to global-level climate policy and adaptation.

Catherine Douglas

Archaeologist

Catherine says ‘I have been a professional archaeologist since 2009, and have directed British field evaluations, excavations and geophysical surveys for the last three years, covering a variety of periods from the Mesolithic through to the post medieval period. I find working in other countries the best way to immerse myself in the culture and heritage of each place. I have excavated Mesolithic flint scatters in the Hebrides, excavated human remains at a spectacular pre-pottery Neolithic site in Wadi Faynan, Jordan, reconstructed a Neolithic house and excavated an Iron Age fortified settlement in France. I am about to spend six weeks excavating a Bronze Age maritime sanctuary on an uninhabited Greek Island with The University of Cambridge. I am a rock-climber, runner and gymnast, and spend most of my weekends exploring the great outdoors. I have just returned from my latest adventure kayaking around Ha Long Bay, exploring 7th-13th century Cham temples at Mỹ Sơn, and cycling along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.’

Jeremy Moore

Archaeologist & Traveler

Jeremy is an enthusiastic fun loving Archaeologist and Traveler who is always up for the next adventure. Armed with a master’s in Experimental Archaeology,  years of traveling experience, and great people skills, Jeremy is always looking forward to finding new ways and new places to enjoy this world we live today, but also wants to keep increasing our understanding of where we have come from.  Working with Past Preservers on the Tutankhamun Replica Project and participating in research and filming of “The Secrets of Stonehenge” episode of Nova are just a couple of the ways Jeremy has gotten involved in bringing the past to life.  Currently he finds himself working with the Bureau of Land Management protecting Utah’s vast cultural heritage and looks forward to the next opportunity whether it be on the ski slopes of on your TV screen.

Cody Ames

Archaeologist

Cody says ‘I am a protector and lover of the past via local outreach and teaching.  I have a background in ancient history, classical studies and archaeology which has fostered a passion for culture through education.  I teach at a high school and college in addition to leading and facilitating trips to Europe and Asia.’

Annamarie Hand

Archaeologist

Annamarie’s interests, both academically and in everyday life, lie within the fields of archaeology, forensic anthropology, and human evolution. She is especially interested in combining these aspects of science and, through excavation, gaining a greater insight into the cultural lifestyles she studies. Geographically, her concentration is on the Mesoamerican and Andes areas, with emphasis on Pre-Colombian research. Passionate about archaeology, Annamarie also loves communicating her findings to a general audience and deepening the public’s appreciation for their shared past. With a bright personality that communicates well through the camera, Annamarie will be an asset to any academically focused production.

Kim Parr

Mourning & Funeral Culture Historian

Kim was born in Detroit, a graduate of the University of Michigan and has been working in the museum field for 22 years. She has worked at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village as a Living History On-site Coordinator, Manager of Marketing for the Automotive Hall of Fame and as Director of The Crocker House & Macomb County Historical Society since 2002. Kim lived in Nürnberg, Germany during the years of 1987 – 88 where she worked in Hitler’s old barracks for the American military. She later lived in Bielefeld, Germany where she studied in 1995. Kim is  also an improv actor for Double Exposure who has a show based on The Titanic. Kim has reenacted many different time periods that include: 1750s, 1812, 1860s, 1880s, 1900, and 1910s. Her film credits include: Mark Twain’s America, A History of Film, and Mary’s Buttons. Kim is also fluent in the German language and teaches the history of American mourning and funeral culture.

Julie Martindale

Archaeologist

Julie says ‘I have always been fascinated by exploration, archaeology and the unknown. I am very adaptable, flexible and comfortable in a wide variety of situations and environments as I have lived and travelled in some pretty remote and extreme locations. I love a good challenge and I have participated in archaeological digs in Nicaragua, Canada and Greece (underwater archaeology). I specialize in the mobility strategies, exchange networks and stone tool technology of pre-contact hunter-gatherers in the boreal forest regions of western Canada. I am comfortable speaking publicly, having presented my research at numerous conferences of the Canadian Archaeological Association and at the Chacmool conference at the University of Calgary.’

Dr. Keffie Feldman

Archaeologist

Keffie says ‘I believe we can’t enter the future without a firm understanding and appreciation of the past. I have a Ph.D, in Archaeology from Brown University and am currently on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an archaeologist working in the field for over 10 years, I have worked on excavations all over the Mediterranean and focus my research on issues surrounding water in the ancient world. I share my expertise in the ancient world with the scholarly community through peer-reviewed publications and with the general public through popular media.’

Flora Anthony

Egyptologist

Flora says ‘I am finishing my doctorate at Emory University this May. My field is Egyptology and my dissertation is on paintings of foreigners in ancient Egyptian tombs. I hope to turn this research into a book that will reach a wider audience. I also conduct workshops on ancient Egypt. In one of them we make faience, the first man made material. I wrote the educational materials for the recent traveling King Tut exhibition and have worked on the Animal Mummies Project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.’

Hunter Jones

Author & Historian

Presenter Hunter writes history and fiction using traditional and independent publishing platforms. In the business world, she has negotiated multi-million dollar sales contracts as a consultant for international corporations. Her accomplishments include selling approximately 100,000 books and short stories; receiving numerous awards and one Pulitzer Prize nomination as well as having articles featured in magazines and newspapers. Her latest work will launch via Pen and Sword Books, one of the oldest history and military publishers in the U.K. ‘Sexuality in History: The British Stripped’ in 2018, and ‘Lillie Langtry: Gilded Goddess’ in 2019. Although she has lived her entire life in Georgia and Tennessee, her sense of adventure has led to extensive travel, to more than seventy countries around the globe. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society U.K., Society of Authors U.K., American Historical Association, and several US Civil War societies and roundtables.

Dr. Paul Harrison

Egyptologist

Paul is an Archaeologist, Egyptologist, Presenter and Writer, with over ten years of experience in public speaking and teaching. For the last five years, he has focused on his role as an historical communicator, presenting and producing film and television. Paul was recently interviewed on Sky News, regarding the destruction at Palmyra. He will shortly début on the History Channel USA, and is the current face of Sega’s Total War video game series, for which he has written and presented two mini-documentaries.

Dr. George J. Bey III

Anthropologist

George is Professor of Anthropology at Millsaps College. He has worked in Mesoamerica since 1980 both at Tula and the site of Ek Balam. He has published extensively on Mesoamerica and is particularly interested in the evolution of complex societies and the study of ceramics. For the last 17 years Bey has served as co-director of the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project, exploring the rise and fall of the Maya at the ancient city of Kiuic. The subject of the recent National Geographic documentary “Quest for the Lost Maya,” Dr. Bey also serves as President of the international non-profit organization Kaxil Kiuic A.C. which, with the support of Millsaps College, operates a 4,500 acre biocultural reserve in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula. Bey is beginning a new three study in the Puuc region of Yucatan, using LiDAR to identify, map and explore with this new technology for the first time.

Dr. Mark Schwartz

Archaeologist & Military Historian

Mark is currently working with several researchers examining shipwrecks in Lake Michigan using Remotely Operated Vehicles. He is very interested in presenting issues of archaeology and history to the public, which can be seen through his various media works and publications. Mark has also written several articles on archaeology and military history for popular publications like Ancient Warfare, History Magazine, Great Lakes Life and Times, and Dig Magazine.

Dr. Robert S. Homsher

Biblical Archaeologist

Robert specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Bronze and Iron Age southern Levant. He has spent several years conducting fieldwork at sites in Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, where his field projects focus on landscape and environmental survey, archaeological sciences, and conventional excavation. Among his many interests is using archaeological evidence to confront and rethink longstanding historical paradigms, such as biblical bias and cultural normativity. After all, reconstructing human history is a serious responsibility with real-world consequences in terms of how we think about ourselves today. He has taught at Harvard University and San Francisco State University.

Mandy Weston

Voice Over Artist, Actor & Archaeologist

Public Archaeologist and alumna of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL currently enrolled on MA Artefacts Studies course at UCL. A presenter with a professional training and significant experience in television, film and radio. As a field archaeologist she has excavated Roman, Anglo Saxon, and Medieval sites in the UK, as well as the Iberian Neanderthal cave site: Sima de las Palomas. Qualitative research experience in relation to European Ice Age tools and art, with a particular focus on women’s work, perishable technology and feminist archaeology. Alumna of the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, with a Diploma in Acting and Theatre Studies and an accomplished voice artist, scriptwriter and producer.

Andrew Price

Wilderness Survival Instructor

Andrew was born in 1974 & since then he has spent every spare moment in the pursuit of Adventure. He has travelled extensively all over the world in order to study the traditional skills of indigenous peoples including the Orang Astli people of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, as well as the native inhabitants of Australia and Canada.
Andrew is Owner and Head Instructor at Dryad Bushcraft, he is an experienced practitioner of a wide range of outdoor pursuits including Kayaking, Cycling, Rock Climbing, and Mountaineering. “I first became interested in learning how to live in the outdoors at a very young age when my Father showed me how to catch sea Bass and Mackerel around the Gower coast, from an old Canvas and Wood Kayak. Later, I would spend every spare moment exploring the woods close to my home, or reading about the great explorers and their exploits. At the age of eighteen I took part in a Raleigh International expedition to Malaysia, an experience that would change my life and set me on the course to travel all over the world, and to discover all I could about the natural world and the lives of its indigenous people.

Rachel Sayet

Anthropologist

Rachel or Akitusu (She Who Reads) is a member of the Mohegan Nation. As the daughter of the Mohegan tribal historian, she was immersed in the culture and traditions of her people from a very young age. Her family founded their tribal museum (called Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum) in 1931, and is currently the oldest Native-run museum in the country. Continuing her family’s legacy, during high school she worked several summers at the museum as a tour guide. During her time at Harvard, she completed an internship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. She was brought on to co-curate an exhibit on the Archaeology of Harvard Yard and Harvard’s Indian college.

Bridget Murray

Historian

Bridget’s interested in the stories which lie at the heart of ancient events and times; bringing the distant past into a relatable present. In both her academic and professional career, Bridget has looked closely at mythology in relation to religion and everyday practice, and more recently focused on cultural heritage destruction, including looting and antiquities smuggling. Bridget says “I am never so excited as when I am researching, exploring or digging something ancient, and sharing this with like-minded people and/or  the public.”

Dr. Luke John Murphy

Historian of Religion

Luke tells us ” I’m a Historian of Religion, which means I’m lucky enough to get paid to study Viking mythology and pagan rituals. I more or less fell into the field: I’m from a staunchly Catholic background (Irish immigrants in the UK), and initially studied Literature at Durham University and then took an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. However, even after a break from academia, I couldn’t let go of the amazing world of Viking myth I’d met in my very first undergraduate poetry course. I moved to Reykjavík, Iceland, where I completed a second MA in the History of Religion before coming to Aarhus, Denmark, from where I graduated with a PhD on religious variation and pluralism in Viking Scandinavia. I’m presently employed as a researcher at the University of Stockholm, and will be moving to the UK to take up a new post in January 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Leicester.

Diederik Pomstra

Experimental Archaeologist & Educator

Diederik has been involved in primitive technology and experimental archaeology for over 20 years. He freelances within the field, demonstrating stone age technology and making replicas of stone age artifacts for exhibitions and educational programs in museums. Diederik teaches experimental archaeology at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). In 2015, Diederik advised National Geographic’s series ‘ The Great Human Race’ on a variety of skills and materials, but especially on bow making for episode 7 called ‘Ice’. Prior to his career in archaeology, Diederik practiced law. For six years, he focused on Human Rights and refugee law at Amnesty International and the Dutch Refugee Council.

Chris Sims

Anthropologist & Archaeologist

Chris is an anthropologist & archaeologist based in Portland, Oregon. He is the Vice President of Codifi a paperless data solution startup, where he specializes in helping archaeological projects add value to their data through more efficient, more accurate, and more precise operations. Chris is also the founder and director of the public archaeology nonprofit, Go Dig a Hole. He works as well with American Foreign Academic Research (AFAR), an educational nonprofit that offers archaeological research opportunities to students.

Brenna Slade

Archaeologist & Model

Travelling and exploring the world has always been an adventure for Brenna. She attributes becoming a confident public speaker and her enthusiasm for engaging with the public, to her involvement within pageantry. Notably competing within the Miss America Organisation, as Miss Eastern Shores 2010, for the title of Miss New Jersey. She enjoys grabbing a slice of pizza when visiting her small hometown of Delanco and taking her children on countryside adventures throughout the county of Warwickshire, England. Brenna is a communications professional currently creating vibration reports for a geotechnical firm that monitors ground vibration during construction and implosions. Brenna was recently a model on “Jill’s Steals and Deals” live episode for TODAY’s autumn fashion segment, in New York City.

Dr. Paul Hardersen

Space Scientist & Educator

Paul is currently a Planetary Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. He studies asteroids, their compositions, and strives to unravel what these small bodies tell us about our solar system. Paul also conducts research on the Sun; leads a new non-profit, the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (INStAR), to promote undergraduate astronomical research; and is the CEO of a start-up travel-hosting company, Trouvaille LLC. When Paul is not researching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, fine dining, all things lobster, and helping to make the world a better place.

Dr. Kiera Lindsey

Historian & Educator

Kiera is an Australian Historian whose curiosity for the past is matched only by her appetite for a compelling narrative, carefully crafted characters and creative risk-taking. She is driven to bring the past to life in ways that are magical and meaningful. In her latest TV role, she has been described as a “great TV presence” and “…a lovely storyteller with a pleasantly theatrical style of delivery…” A Senior Lecturer in History, Kiera was recently awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious history awards, is a regular presenter on ABC’s Nightlife program and is also a published author. She is the consultant and on-screen Historian for ‘Lawless: the Real Bushrangers’ a four-part series on HISTORY Channel Australia. Her first book, ‘The Convict’s Daughter’ received outstanding reviews and is now in its sixth print run. She is currently working on her second book; which is under contract with Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin and will be published in 2019.

Phillip Mendenhall

Archaeologist & Anthropologist

For the past ten years, Phillip has been working as an archaeologist in the eastern Mediterranean and the northeast United States. His major fields of study include cross-cultural contact periods in both the North American Colonial Period and the 5th Century ancient Greek colonization of the Black Sea region. During his time abroad, Philip participated in a number of anthropological and archaeological research programs in Kazan, Tatarstan, Tallinn, Estonia and Crimea. Having served three years in the US Army, Phillip is interested in modern Military History and takes part in Civil War reenactment, stage combat (Hamlet), fencing (member of Three Rivers Fencing Center), Martial Arts and archery (primitive and modern). He is also fluent in Russian and French, with conversational skills in Greek and Spanish.

Laura Aitken Burt

Archaeologist & Educator

Known for being incredibly enthusiastic about the subjects she loves, Laura’s passion lies in bringing History and Archaeology to life. She has worked across a wide range of archaeological & historical periods though her specialist fields include Greek, Hellenistic & Roman History as well as Egyptian & Near Eastern studies. Her work has included excavations across Europe, tour guiding around archaeological sites, writing articles, copyediting books, research for documentaries and compiling educational resources for school children. She has worked extensively with TV Historian Bettany Hughes for TV, print and radio, was a Production Assistant in Athens on the BBC documentary ‘Genius of the Ancient World’ and Development Researcher at October Films for the Channel 5 documentary ‘Eight Days That Made Rome’. She currently teaches History, Politics & Classical Civilisation in London.

Dr. Tracy Fanara

Environmental Engineer & Research Scientist

Tracy has a passion for historical artefacts with an expertise in physical science and engineering. Tracy says: ‘I am an Environmental Engineer/Research Scientist; I use scientific principles to uncover answers, discover truths, and innovate paths to push civilization forward through the understanding of our past. I am an investigator of all seen and unseen, science communicator, and was recently on the show ‘Mythbusters: The Search.’ Currently, Tracy manages the environmental health program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, where she investigates natural and man-made impacts to the environment and human health. Tracy has extensive experience in design and modelling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of Civil Engineering consulting experience with some of the world’s most prestigious engineering firms.

Dr. Justin Hill

Historian & Author

Justin is an international author whose award-winning work spans eras as distant from one another as modern China in ‘The Drink and Dream Teahouse’, eleventh century Europe in ‘Viking Fire’ and Eritrea, East Africa in ‘Ciao Asmara’. His work has won numerous wards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award. His work has also been selected by the Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent, Telegraph on Sunday and Washington Post as their Books of the Year. In 2014 he was selected to write the sequel to the Oscar winning film, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Francesca Grilli

Classicist & Educator

Francesca is Course Leader for Classics at Runshaw College in Leyland. She gained a First-class degree in Classical Civilisation at the University of Nottingham and last year was awarded a distinction for a M.A. in Classical Studies through the Open University. She specialises in Classical Archaeology, in particularly Greek art and architecture from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods and Roman art and architecture in the Republic and Early Imperial era. Mostly recently, her research has focussed on the function of male nudity in Greek art throughout the Archaic and Classical Periods, looking at the links between heroic, athletic, and democratic forms of nudity.

Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner

Egyptologist

Mary-Ann is passionate about all aspects of ancient Egyptian society and culture. She directs archaeological fieldwork at the site of Abydos, enjoys collaborating with colleagues and specialists to further our understanding of ancient Egypt.
Meeting people and immersing herself in other cultures is something she loves doing. Mary-Ann has travelled around the world and is fascinated by the unique characteristics and common features of human societies.

Dr. Arto Belekdanian

Egyptologist

Arto is an Egyptologist who specializes on ancient Egypt, with a focus on the New Kingdom period, ancient Egyptian kingship, royal texts, religion, and festivals. He strongly believes that knowledge not shared is a terrible waste and few things make him happier than to relay his expertise to others. Having recently obtained his doctorate, he is ready for new challenges and learning opportunities, and more people to share his knowledge with.

Olivier P. Rochecouste

Archaeologist & Egyptologist

Olivier is an Archaeologist and Egyptologist currently completing a PhD on Egypt’s Early Dynastic Elite. His main interest is analysing the mortuary remains of the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods of ancient Egypt (c. 4000-2545 BC) and the applications of archaeological theory towards their sociocultural interpretation. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork projects in Siem Reap (Angkor), Cambodia; Katoomba, Australia; not to mention the sites of Abu Rawash and Dendera in Egypt.

Amanda Watts

Archaeological Conservator

Amanda Watts is an Archaeological Conservator who has worked on sites in Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Rapa Nui, the UK and the USA. Amanda currently divides her time between teaching and research at North Dakota State University and the Oriental Institute of Chicago with projects in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Amanda’s main interest is in the preservation of archaeological objects found in burial environments, especially extreme environments of the desert, tundra or underwater.

Anthony Casciano

Archaeologist, Archaeometrist & Historian

Anthony fulfills his love of history volunteering at the Palm Springs Air Museum, guiding youth tours and conducting interviews with war veterans. He enjoys travel and studied his Masters in Portugal, Greece and Italy, has a passion for linguistics, archaeological research and preserving history for the next generation. He has studied and continues to study many languages including Arabic, Italian and Spanish.

Alex Fitzpatrick

Zooarchaeologist

Alex is an zooarchaeologist and animal bone expert based in the UK, where she is completing her PhD in archaeology. She has a passion for animal bones and what they can tell us about ancient life and environment in the British Isles. Alex’s research focuses on animals in ritual, funerary rites, British later prehistory, and Scottish archaeology. Her research has been presented at international conferences. Alex enjoys connecting with a public audience about archaeology and science as a writer, podcast contributor and social media manager for a science communication website.

Matt Carter

Maritime Archaeologist

Matt Carter is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and has worked on maritime archaeological projects in 12 different countries ranging from the excavation of a 2800- year-old Phoenician shipwreck in Spain to 3D modelling WWII wrecks in Palau. Matt is an International Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Senior Tutor for the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, and the New Zealand representative on the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH).

Sheila Dooley

Curator & Researcher of Viking Culture

Sheila is a highly educated & inspiringly curious curator with a passion for exploring stories from our past to intrigue audiences of the future. Her Master’s research includes a study on the cause & effects of Viking culture in Ireland & beyond. She is currently co-authoring an upcoming publication titled Dublin in the Viking World & as a member of the Viking Destination Group, she has travelled throughout Scandinavian sites, networking with colleagues, exploring their collections & relishing in the diverse personality of the Viking world. Sheila has been described as a ‘natural’ presenter, with a fun & yet engaging personality. This skill is partly the result of years working on and off stage in various amateur productions & plays.

Dr. Alicia Gutierrez-Romine

Historian

Alicia is a U.S. Historian with an emphasis on California history. She is interested in the history of medicine & how it intersects with race and gender & has done significant research on organized medicine in Southern California and the experiences of non-white physicians. Currently she is editing a manuscript on illegal abortion in California from 1920-1969.

Jordan Dills

Archaeologist

Jordan says ” My journey began in 2010 when I was enrolled in the Near Eastern & Classical Archaeology program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. Through my experiences at Laurier my passion for archaeology was solidified. My past and ongoing research revolves around ancient weaponry and warfare, metallurgy (both iron and copper-alloy), and Byzantine military logistics.”

Dr Katrina Gulliver

Historian

Katrina holds a PhD in history from Cambridge, and has worked at universities and museums in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Her research interests include Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the development of port cities. She has taught courses on the histories of Asia since the spice race, urban history, and the development of policing and forensics. Her first book, Modern Women in China and Japan, discussed the development of feminism and modernity in Asian cities in the 1920s and 30s. She is also the co-editor of the ‘Pacific Worlds’ series from the University of Nebraska Press, covering the histories and cultures of the Pacific. She is the creator of the podcast Cities in History, which is used in college classrooms around the world.

Dean Lomax

Palaeontologist

Dean says “There are only two options for would-be Palaeontologists: either study for a degree at university, or gain hands-on experience. I opted for the latter, & have now been working professionally in the field of palaeontology for a decade. This has included travelling around the world & working on projects from excavating dinosaurs in the American West, to discovering new species of extinct marine reptiles & winning a gold medal for excellence in science communication. In addition to my professional publications, I write books & popular articles, present at conferences & organisations & frequently interact with the media”

Dr Carla Ionescu

Greek & Roman Historian

Dr. Carla Ionescu is a Romanian refugee who escaped the Communist regime with her family when she was 10 years old. She is also an adrenaline junkie, an animal lover and a natural born storyteller. She likes to ride motorcycles real fast, and research through archival documents very carefully. Carla’s research centers on the influential nature of Artemis both in the Greek world and in Ephesus. Her work provides evidence which suggests that Artemis is the most prevalent and influential goddess of the Mediterranean, with roots embedded in the community and culture of this area that can be traced further back in time than even the arrival of the Greeks.

Dr Michael Tuttle

Maritime Archaeologist & Historian

Dr. Michael Tuttle is a maritime archaeologist & historian who has worked throughout the United States & Caribbean, as well as conducted projects in the Pacific & Indian Oceans, Europe, & Africa. He has graduate degrees from Penn State University, University of Saint Andrews, & University of Maine. He enjoys fishing, sailing, being in maritime communities, & traveling. When he is not on the road, he likes a good book.

Marianne Tames-Demauras

Egyptologist and Archaeological Scientist

“My name is Marianne Tames-Demauras, I am half Mexican/half French, and I am an Egyptologist and Archaeologist with a particular focus and interest in science. From exploring the magnificent deserts and temples of Egypt, to investigating abandoned and enigmatic ancient Akhsumite towns in Ethiopia, I have recently set foot on the slightly less glamorous setting of a laboratory due to my deep passion regarding the application of scientific methods within archaeological research. I am particularly fascinated by the use of stable isotope analysis of bone and teeth in order to explore past diets, climate, as well as movements and migrations of humans and animals that took place in the past. I believe in an interdisciplinary approach for the study of the past, and one of my main aspirations is to help demystify the scientific aspect of archaeology.”

Dan Hill

Military Historian

Dan has always had a passion for military history and considers himself incredibly fortunate to have worked since 2008 full-time in that field. Originally at the Imperial War Museum, he founded the Herts at War Project and works freelance as a battlefield guide and on a number of First and Second World War military history projects. Dan regularly works with media, historical and remembrance organisations including the UK Government, Royal British Legion and the BBC. He holds a Master’s Degree in the History of Britain and the First World War from the University of Wolverhampton. Outside of history, he enjoys sport, particularly boxing and cycling.

Jasleen Kandhari

Textiles & Art Historian

Jasleen is an art and textiles historian of Kenyan–Indian origin. She devises and tutors courses on Art History and World textiles and fashion studies at the University of Oxford. She is a Trip Scholar on Indian art and textiles tours. She is an editor for Textiles Asia Journal and author of the forthcoming pioneering Thames and Hudson World of Art series book, Sikh Art & Architecture. She is the first Asian female antiques expert to appear on the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow programme.

Craig Campbell

Archaeologist & Historian

In his own words, “It is my love of history & archaeology, coupled with my adoration of storytelling & entertainment which has led me to pursue possible opportunities presenting historical documentaries. I am also interested in many other aspects of the media world & would love the chance to explore these interests further. I try not to take myself too seriously, & enjoy life as much as humanly possible, I am always learning, & always improving in everything that I set my mind to, & an opportunity for further work in this area would be one in which I could really flourish.”

Joanna Tonge

Maritime Archaeologist

Joanna says “I am a Maritime Archaeologist currently at the University of Southampton with a keen interest in using the material past to bring out the history of peoples often considered a historical. Growing up on the Great Lakes in Canada & studying on the south coast of the UK I have been lucky enough to always live near the water & be inspired by coastal life. My passion in archaeology on screen is in bringing together science & the arts for a wider audience.”

David J.B. Smith

Military Historian, Writer & Ex Royal Navy Seaman

David is a published writer of World War Two military history – specialising in Royal Navy submarines. David is in the final year of a Masters Degree in Naval History, studying at the spiritual home of the Royal Navy with Portsmouth University. In 2012 David’s first book, Being Silent They Speak – The Story of a WW2 Submarine was published in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats. This critically acclaimed publication became a bestseller and reached the number one position in several Amazon UK historical genres. David is an ex Royal Navy seaman with 23 years of Royal Navy Experience.

Iain Shearer

Archaeologist & Expert Tour Guide

Iain is an archaeologist who has always been fascinated by the many cultures and stories to be unearthed and explored within the Islamic World. During the last 20 years, he has worked as an archaeologist in North Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the Arab Middle East and was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008.

Thor Ewing

Writer & Historian

Thor Ewing is a writer and historian whose list of publications ranges from Viking hairstyles to Tudor joke books, covering subjects as diverse as myths and sacrifice, Anglo-Saxon sculpture, Scottish clans and historical music along the way. He has worked extensively in bringing an understanding of history to audiences across the UK from primary schools to care homes, from academic conferences to family fun days, and has featured as a contributor for TV and radio.
“I’m fascinated by past cultures and how they connect with us today, and my work explores that connection with our past, whether through the myths and religion of the Vikings, the forgotten wisdom of the medieval Celts, or songs and tales from Tudor England.”

Dr Rebecca Bradshaw

Archaeologist & Egyptologist

“I am an award-winning researcher focussing on the Middle East and North Africa. I trained as an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge and have been working throughout the region since 2010. My archaeological interests centre around the archaeology of literate societies in Mesopotamia and the Nile Valley. I am particularly fascinated by elite iconography, and understanding how images were created and disseminated across vast distances. Perhaps more importantly I work hard to share archaeological information to the public both in the West and ‘on the ground’ in MENA, and to make it relevant and exciting for modern society.”

Dr Matthew Mandich

Field Archaeologist, Researcher & Author

“An active field archaeologist, researcher, and writer I received my PhD from the University of Leicester (UK) in 2017 with the thesis, ‘The Growth and Extent of Rome: From Fringe to Suburb’. My research and teaching interests focus primarily on ancient urban growth, Roman topography, the Roman economy, and Roman architecture and land use change. I have worked on archaeological projects in and around Rome for over 15 years and I currently hold the role of Field School Director at the Signum Vortumni Project (ISAR) located at the Horrea Agrippiana on the NW slope of the Palatine Hill in the Roman Forum.”

Dr Alba Mazza

Maritime Archaeologist

“I was born and raised in Italy and I moved to Los Angeles in 2017 after getting my PhD in Archaeology at the University of Sydney, Australia. My research focuses especially on the interaction between humans and the environment. In my work I analyze how sea level change impacted ancient civilizations and how people faced environmental challenges, earthquakes, tsunami and floods. I took part in more than 50 fieldwork projects across the world, from Europe to the Near East, North Africa and Australia. I have been working in very diverse sites, Paleolithic caves, indigenous settlements, Greek temples, late roman villas, medieval churches, and more. Also, I am a highly skilled scuba diver.”

Mateusz Polakowski

Underwater Archaeologist & Marine Surveyor

Mateusz is an underwater archaeologist currently researching modes of technological change and ancient Roman ship construction at the University of Southampton. In addition to his academic pursuits, Mateusz has extensive field experience: he has participated in shipwreck excavations, and other sub-sea surveys as the Lead Marine Surveyor onboard the research vessel, Hercules. Projects have drawn him to Sicily, Greece, and Albania as well as shipwreck sites in North Carolina; he has also participated in coastal surveys in Michigan and Florida, having independently contracted with US, UK, and EU governing agencies including: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), National Parks Service (NPS), Sopritendenza del Mare – Sicilia, National Coast Guard Agency of Albania, Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, and National Geographic.