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Archaeologist and Producer
Ellie studied at Manchester University and more recently Bristol, gaining a distinction for a M.A. in Archaeology and Screen Media. As a student she has worked on the Stonehenge Riverside project and abroad in Africa. Her most recent work was in conjunction with the National Trust and Bristol University. It was based on an excavation of the lost wing of William Wordsworth’s Lake District Mansion, Allan Bank. She looked at the biography of the house through time, as she believes strongly that objects and architecture, as people do, gather time, movement and change.
Peggy Brunache 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.
A professional maritime archaeologist passionate about education, outreach and making archaeology accessible to all, Sarah has over a decade of experience, gained whilst working internationally in UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and Oceania. Sarah has managed coastal and marine projects across the corporate, government, research and education sectors, most notably combining her marketing acumen with her project management skill and heritage experience in the management of strategic capacity building, volunteer programs and community engagement initiatives.
Phil is an Archaeologist and Heritage expert with his own fascinating history. From the deserts of Oman to mist-shrouded Orkney he has dug up the past; he has managed a Roman Villa, analysed soils for traces of ancient faeces, looked for dissolved bodies at Sutton Hoo, and even worked on making a digital archive of the first hundred years of Swansea City Football Club! This latter job involved close dealings with the people whose heritage he was recording – and it is in his dealings with people that Phil really shines through. He is not a stuffy academic and believes in making the understanding of heritage an entertaining experience.
Haleh was born in Kermanshah, Iran, and from then on she has relocated and travelled to various locations. She studied in Norway and continued on to England where started a Phd. at Liverpool University. She is currently living n Germany. Being an experienced field archaeologist with a passion for learning, she has been involved in all aspects of archaeology, pre-excavation, excavation and post excavation work. She was trained on the job, whilst working for Northamptonshire Archaeology, to be an archaeological illustrator, specializing in digital illustration as well. Her area of expertise is the Achaemenid Empire, the art and architecture, mainly the engineering of the Achaemenid Royal identity.
Christo is a museum curator and passionate about Oceanic and American anthropology. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University, and many years of experience researching in various countries around the world. She focused her doctoral degree on the Maori cultural and material history where she lived in Whanganui, New Zealand during her fieldwork. She is primarily interested in object histories and what they mean to their source communities. She is ecstatic in working with visual media and enjoys traveling.
Charlie is an archaeologist and artist with a passion for bringing the past to the present. She has valuable media and professional archaeological experience that comes with a great disposition on and off the camera. Previously, Charlie has worked for Time Team as an archaeological advisor and the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles as an archaeologist working on the La Brea Tar Pits. She has also has experience as an archaeologist working at the Museum of London, on various research projects, and several other cultural resource management firms. She also was a Curatorial Specialist at the White Cube Gallery in London
Raised in the Bay Area, Christopher received his B.A. in Classics from San Francisco State and his Masters in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Over the years he has devoted his time to working as an archaeologist at sites such as Pompeii, and museum education working as a docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. A former alumnus of the American Academy in Rome Summer Program, his interests include Hellenistic and Roman portraiture, monumental architecture and the use of public space, and ancient cult practices of the Mediterranean.
Dr. Allan Morton
Allan Morton possesses qualities and quirks that epitomize the unhinged, archaeological spirit. He has worked as a professional archaeologist for twenty years. His scientific interest started with the archaeology of human origins and he spent eight years working for Harvard University in the deserts of northern Kenya. Allan is currently the director and associate partner & principle investigator at Paciulli Simmons and Associates and also the principle investigator at Bluestone research LLC. He also has dozens of academic publications and has conducted archaeological research on five continents, ranging from burial sites, to human remains, to forensic taphonomy
Katie graduated the top of her class from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in Anthropology, Communication, and Art History. She has traveled fairly extensively worldwide to destinations including Thailand, Greece, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, Mexico, Canada, and Chile. She has found incredible fulfillment in connecting with diverse people and cultures. Most recently, during intensive field research in northern Chile, she found herself enjoying living in adverse conditions in the name of discovery. Her current and future goal is to share her love archaeology with the public through accessible media.
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.
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. Carolyn Dillian
Dr Carolyn Dillian says, “I am an anthropological archaeologist with ongoing research in northern Kenya and the southeastern coast of the United States, including specializations in environmental change and cultural adaptation, trade/exchange, and resource procurement. My interests particularly emphasize human responses to environmental change through deep time with a specific focus on indigenous knowledge and traditional practices. I use geologic and geochemical techniques, most notably X-ray fluorescence, to provide scientific data that helps me understand past behaviors. By looking at the ways in which people adapted to change in the past, it can lead to increased understanding for the mechanisms, tensions, and potential outcomes of adaptation to environmental change in the present.”
Dr. Joe Simmons
Archaeologist & Dentist
Joe Simmons 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.”
Dr. Kirk French
Kirk says ‘I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in the interplay between humans and their environments. Much of my past research has focused on Mesoamerica, mainly the Maya. My current research deals with global alcohol production/consumption. A new class I am teaching at The Pennsylvania State University is a cross-cultural approach to the evolution of alcohol (Anthony Bordain style). I was the creator, consulting producer, and host of the Discovery Channel series American Treasures. The show was an opportunity to alter the public’s perception of archaeology and highlights the importance of site and artifact preservation.’
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.
Dr. Victor Thompson
Dr. Victor Thompson 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 Lazazzera 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.
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 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 says ”I’ve been described as a “punk archaeologist without borders,” meaning I am active in the archaeology of the Old and New World, of the ancient and modern, and dug the Atari Burial Ground. I strongly support citizen science, public archaeology, Open Access, and am an archaeological activist. I led the archaeological team that dug the Atari Burial Ground for the documentary film Atari: Game Over. I have excavated in Greece, Italy, Illinois, and Kansas. I am a generalist, but with special knowledge of pottery, coins, photography, and computers. I also host the Drunk Archaeology podcast. I’ve also recorded and produced a Punk Archaeology album of punk, rock, and metal songs about archaeology and cultural heritage” Andrew also has a blog punkarchaeology.com
Adam Thompson is a Pacific Island Archaeologist who lives on the island of Kosrae and has focused on the archaeology of the Micronesian islands over the past several years. He specializes in examining the settlement of low-lying atolls which acted as stepping stone islands for the settlement of larger areas of the Pacific. His most recent work was on Mwoakilloa atoll where he uncovered 1900 year old layers at the bottom of a three-meter deposit associated with the initial settlement of Eastern Micronesia. The potential for future sea-level rise threatens these early deposits. Adam is doing what he can to discover these early histories while the opportunity is still available.
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 Buckley 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 and Run History at their website and on Instagram
Traci is a professional photographer with years of experience in archaeology, acting, exploration, travel and paranormal investigation. Most recently, she was the host of the web series, Morbid Curiosity, where she explored historic sites with a paranormal edge and shared little known or odd facts. You can see more of Traci at her website
Andrew Thomas Price
Andrew has worked as an Outdoor Pursuits instructor for over 20 years, teaching adventure activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering, surfing, kayaking, cycle touring and of course wilderness Bushcraft and Survival Skills through his own company Dryad Bushcraft which was established in 2004. He is the charismatic presenter for the popular online series The A-Z of Bushcraft and has been the lead presenter on ITV Wales Coast and Country since 2013. (If you are in Wales, you can see the link here). Andrew has also been recently filming for the new series of the BBC show Coast.
Dr Monica Hanna
Monica was a post-doctoral fellow in the Topoi Cluster of Excellence in the department of Egyptology and North African Studies in Humboldt University. Her research focuses on space, knowledge and identity of archaeological sites, with particular interest on different meanings and reflections of heritage on identity of space and communities. Recently, she has been working on a project in al-Qurna, Luxor on the different narratives of the multiple worlds of the Theban Necropolis and its meanings to the various stakeholders in a forthcoming monograph.
Filmmaker, Producer and Egyptologist
Ramy currently lives double lives between Los Angeles, DPing and shooting documentaries and TV shows and Cairo, where he gives guidance on all things Egyptian. Backed by over 30 Years experience in the media, he has been featured on-screen as the “Egypt Expert” for many documentaries, including “Joanna Lumley’s Nile”, “Brew Masters”, “Long Way Down” with Ewan McGregor and “Egypt’s Lost Cities” He is also a producer for Egypt Fixer Productions, one of the leading companies in Egypt for making films and television programmes.
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
Art Museum Educator, Podcaster, Homebrewer
Sculpting the narrative of antiquity, Lucas is the creator and host of the Ancient Art Podcast, bringing you detailed, lively, and sometimes irreverent discussions of notable works of ancient art and architecture. He also directs educational programs for adults at the Art Institute of Chicago and leads gallery tours, lectures, and seminars on the art of the Ancient Mediterranean World and Asia. Inspired by the archaeology of ancient brewing and winemaking, Lucas has recently taken up the enjoyable hobby of homebrewing, which you can read all about in his Homebrew Blog
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
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.
Naturalist and Historian
Rob Hope, a self -taught English pre-historian and naturalist has been making Earth Science films for French tv since 2008. Working mostly alone, he sets off from an initial idea, to researching and writing… to exploring wilderness landscapes and then incorporating ancient Human interaction within them. His documentary films ‘Les Montagnes Neolithiques‘ and ‘Descente: un passage à travers le temps’ achieved awards in European film festivals. His latest venture is ‘Symbiose: terres des Neanderthals‘ and his next film is entitled ‘Journey’s End: Lugdunum’, a story of the Roman exploitation of the rugged Hadrian’s Wall landscapes in Northumberland; and a new film concerns the enigmatic Neolithic presence on Sark Island. Learn more about Rob here: www.robhopefilms.com
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
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.
James is an award-winning restoration architect and architectural historian. He is certified as an advanced scuba diver and has hiked to the top of some of the highest peaks on the East coast of the United States. For the past ten years, he has conducted archaeometric research into some of the oldest buildings in our civilization’s history – some of which now reside at the bottom of our oceans.
Tom Irvin 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
Dr. Jasmine Day 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 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.
Teacher and Archaeologist
Daniella Garran lives on Cape Cod where she has taught Ancient History for the past 13 years. during the school year and spends summers as an Assistant Director at Cape Cod Sea Camps. She has been on several archaeological digs in which she has excavated ancient Roman ruins (England and Bulgaria) and Native American artifacts (Cape Cod, MA). She is the author of A History or Collegiate Rowing in America and Celebrating Summer Camp as has published numerous academic articles about education and project-based learning.
TV Host & Actress
Zoe D’Amato is an on-screen TV host, writer and producer specializing in travel, food and adventure programming. Her quirky charm and adventurous spirit can be seen on PBS, TLC, Discovery and Travel Int’l, Sky, Voyage, and the History Channel; acting and presenting for the world’s most popular travel TV series, Globe Trekker. She also writes, produces and presents for the award-winning websites AOL On!, MyDestination.com & Proje
Archaeologist and Producer
Michael Arbuthnot began his television odyssey in 1997. As a professional archaeologist, Mike dreamed of bringing the excitement and intrigue of the anthropological sciences to audiences around the world. He has been featured on ABC, Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel. In 2005 he conducted an archaeological survey of the famous shipwreck, R.M.S. Titanic, with film director James Cameron on Discovery Channel’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic. During 2010 Mike hosted Secret Worlds with Michael Arbuthnot, a 6-part archaeology series on the Travel Channel. Mike currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida, and consults for Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCHinc.com) and teaches at Flagler College (flagler.edu). He has written over 250 professional archaeology reports and has presented numerous professional papers.
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 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 Johnston
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.
Dr. Monty Dobson is no ordinary archaeologist. Adventurous and eager to learn about the world around him, Dr. Monty has scuba-dived with both sharks and barracudas, explored the Egyptian desert, and traveled the world. He is also the host, writer, and producer to a four-part PBS television series that explores America’s secret history—as seen through the archaeological record called America From the Ground Up. Monty and his crew explore various museums and excavation sites to help explain what became of great people. Episodes will cover the French Colonial fur trade, the American Revolution, and the settlement of New Philadelphia. Monty enjoys history, anthropology, and archaeology, and when he is not working on his television show, he teaches history at Drury University in Missouri where he is able to learn and teach others about the world around them.
Kelly is a graduate from Boston University, USA and the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. She has lived and worked extensively in Cairo with organisations and institutions that include the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the Egyptian Antiquities Information System (EAIS), AUC and the Egyptian Museum. Kelly has archaeological experience with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii (AAPP) and has also worked with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). She has lectured in both the USA and Egypt, and her recent research interests lie in cultural tourism and sustainable development and the roles of identity and the modern community in heritage management. Kelly is now running her own company with Claudia Brose called Heritage in Action, a cultural heritage consultancy. Together they launched an the MyEgypt, assisted by Past Preservers.
Scientist and Egyptologist
Dave is an author, researcher, and a self-educated scientist and performer. Having pursued an avid interest in science since the age of four, he has kept current in developments in the fields of nuclear physics, computer science, cosmology, space exploration, archaeology, anthropology, and more! With qualifications like this, there’s little David can’t do. He has incredible profession experience in both media and academia. He has extensive experience translating Middle Egyptian and completed 3 years study in this subject alone at UCLA. He has been a computer programmer for Network Dynamics in California, a self-employed computer contractor, and has been the CEO of Dynamics West from 2005 – present.He has academic publications in physics, Egyptology, and computer science.
With two decades of experience Angela is an archaeologist’s archaeologist. Angela has directed numerous field projects ranging from the investigation ofancient 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.
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://
Writer, Historian, Castle Hunter
David has applied his immense passion for history to some of Scotland’s most important heritage projects. He is a ‘Battlemaster’ at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre where he brings Scotland’s greatest medieval battle to life for visitors using interactive 3D technology. He also develops interpretation materials at Gladstone’s Land, a 500-year old tenement on Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Mile. David is a panel member for the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, a committee of heritage industry leaders advising the Scottish Government on heritage conservation. His side projects include freelance writing, with works in publications such as The Scots Magazine and History Is Now Magazine, and he delivered a talk about medieval fortifications for 2014’s Previously…Scotland’s History Festival. He is working on a book about Scottish castles for which he has visited over 150 castles and ancient sites such as standing stones, Iron Age settlements, and early-modern artillery forts. David’s primary expertise is the history of Scotland, but he is equally comfortable discussing classical civilisations, the historical development of battle and campaign tactics, and the weapons, armour, and political regimes that civilisations used to make their mark on the world. His enthusiasm for history has been described by colleagues as infectious; he is a lively entertainer and an informed expert rolled into one.
Sarah Yeomans is an archaeologist specializing in the Imperial period of the Roman Empire with a particular emphasis on religions and ancient science. She is faculty in the department of Religious Studies at West Virginia University and is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California. She is also the Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society in Washington DC. 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 Fox’s The Nativity: Facts, Fiction and Faith. She is a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library and Museum in Los Angeles and a Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her current research involves ancient Roman medical technology and cult, as well as the impact of epidemics on Roman society. She is generally happiest when covered in dirt, roaming archaeological sites somewhere in the Mediterranean region.
Ahmed Seddik has spent much of his life in Egypt and has travelled extensively throughout the country and its archaeological sites. As President of the Egyptology Society at AUC, Ahmed lectures regularly on several aspects of Ancient Egyptian civilization and culture, most notably the hieroglyphic language and the New Kingdom. A well-versed linguist, Ahmed also acts as an interpreter and translator for numerous international organizations and independent scholars. His vision is to educate younger generations about their cultural heritage and to inspire them to preserve it.
Ina St George
Educated in the arts of conservation at the University College London, Ina has plied her craft on three continents and worked professionally as a conservator with a number of private companies in the United States. Though she is passionate about art and archaeology, she is especially interested in raising public awareness about these fields through television and film media. Her bright personality and engaging way of relating to people shines when put on camera and she lights up every production she works on. Not only is her personality warm, but her expertise is apparent when she talks about these subjects that have captured her imagination and she is able to bring the audience along in her experience. She is an asset both in front of and behind the camera, her enthusiasm for quality work adding a special quality to these productions.
Coming in from the fieldwork in the natural sciences to find Big History, Rich Blundell has effectively traversed the science-humanities divide by developing new strategies for communication. He is not your typical expert. Rich wonders, finds out, and passionately communicates his discoveries and those of others. Authentic curiosity is what makes Rich Blundell a quintessential renaissance man and also what makes him an engaging television personality. He is fun, friendly and passionate about the life and times on planet earth. Laid-back, competent, confident and eager to share his experiences, he is also trained in outdoor skills. He can be idiosyncratic and irreverent, but whether he’s being physical or philosophical, he’s always the real deal.
Not only does Mercy have the qualifications of an archaeological specialist and the expertise that comes from working in the field for twenty years, but she also has an infectious personality and the ability to communicate enthusiasm through a camera lens. Unlike many professionals who go dead in front of a camera, Mercy springs to life as she discusses topics she is passionate about. With an engaging personality backed up by years of experience, Mercy gains the trust of her audience as they go with her on whatever new adventure she is embarking on. She has a wide variety of interests and though her background centres mostly on field and laboratory experience, she has also acted in a number of programs and taken numerous master courses on everything from dialect to improvisational comedy.
Christian says, “Do you know anybody who has been struck by lightning? Tapped by a great white shark? Who can water ski nine events? My love is being outdoors, from horseback riding to surfing. Now you are getting to know me. I live one life and that is what I have always espoused to, my dedication to the world. This lifetime is a great gift, if you met me for five minutes you would understand the meaning of what it is to be alive.”
Dr. Kit Messham-Muir
Kit says, “I am a Senior Lecturer in Art History at The University of Newcastle and the Program Convener of the Bachelor of Fine Art. I have a passion for teaching – I am always trying to keep it interesting, for me and for my students. I introduce ‘tactical ruptures’ into my lectures, to disrupt the flow and provoke students to think more actively. These are often videos made especially for the class, performances such as George Maciunas’s 1962 Fluxus piece, Solo for Violin, which involves destroying a violin with power tools, or changing into my pyjamas in a lecture on Surrealism. My teaching has been recognised and rewarded by my peers in the last three consecutive years.”
Having recently completed my Masters degree in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford, I am keen for my next adventures in archaeology to take me on a course of discovery and learning, to different countries and with people from all walks of life! Whilst my main academic research interests remain in forensic archaeology and isotopic analysis of bone collagen, I am always on the search for new and interesting projects. Most recently, a research trip has taken me to Thailand with the Oxford Primate Archaeology Group (PRIMARCH) who are studying the behaviors of stone-tool using macaques. I am also very actively interested in studying the ‘role’ and position of archaeology in this changing global, political landscape. Creating archaeological graphics is a new-found interest of mine, as well as attempting to play in the mandolin orchestra which I joined on a whim! My eternal wanderlust means that I am always planning a new adventure…next up, Mexico!
Erin Lloyd Jones
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.
Peter is an underwater archaeologist whose research includes shipwrecks, sunken cities, and underwater caves. Though he is an early career researcher in his 30s, he has years of experience as the archaeological director of the Albanian Center for Marine Research, a member of the board of directors of the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN), and a research associate with RPM Nautical Foundation. His primary research is innovation and how the past can inform the present. This line of inquiry takes him all over the world on high impact research projects. He co-directs the Fourni Underwater Survey in Greece, an archipelago called the ancient “shipwreck capital of the world” by CNN. He reconstructs ancient technologies for testing, such as ancient Roman warship rams. His edited book “The Archaeology of Underwater Caves” seeks to understand how people used springs, cave lakes, and submerged landscapes in the past. He frequently works in Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, UK, and the United States.
Dr. Amy Calvert
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.
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.”
Suzanne Evans & Natasha Marshall
Suzanne Evans and Natasha Marshall are a mother-daughter team of Egyptologists from Sydney, Australia. While both of them have a keen interest and specialisation in Old Kingdom studies, they each have their own unique perspective and approach to research in that area. Both Suzanne and Natasha have specialised in Old Kingdom art, especially in the late fifth to the early sixth Dynasties. Understanding elements of culture, religion and social structure through representation and commemoration are of key interest in both their PhD studies. Having worked in Deshasha, Saqqara and Karanis, these Egyptologists have experienced a broad spectrum of archaeological methods from excavation to conservation and epigraphic recording. Suzanne and Natasha are dedicated to the maintenance, protection and celebration of heritage in Egypt and the rest of the world. It is their hope that through educating not just university students, but also the general public about heritage issues, real lasting change can begin to happen so that these monuments and objects can be enjoyed by generations to come.
Archaeologist & Museum Professional
As an archaeologist and museum professional, Jordan Jacobs 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.
Archaeologist & Educator
Jesus says “I am a full time educator…I teach History, Geography and Science but I’m still a part time archaeologist. I attained my bachelor’s in pre-Columbian Archaeology from UT Austin (Hook Em!) and currently getting my masters in Geospatial Intelligence from Penn State. I have done Native American Archaeology in about 50 % of the U. S and I’ve had the privilege of doing digs abroad in Belize and Yucatan Peninsula. I love travelling to visit historic places which I guess is pretty much everywhere and to immerse myself in different cultures . Countries that I’ve visited have been Spain, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Belize, Guatemala & Mexico. I am willing to go almost anywhere and do anything to seek adventure. While performing field research, I have been flown into remote areas by helicopters; I have hiked in all kinds of weather and in diverse terrains. Meeting cultures or peoples whose existence or beliefs have been forgotten or simply ignored by the rest of the world is awe-inspiring. I believe it is my job to probe into those clandestine niches in world history, and make them come to light.”
Archaeologist aka The Muddy Archaeologist
Gillian says “After graduating in Latin & Ancient History from Exeter University in 1983, I spent several years working in BBC Television on everything from live television at No.10 to the Domesday Project (remember that?) and a spell in Children’s Programmes, as well as Drama Series & Serials and Science & Features. I moved to North Yorkshire where I began to throw myself (often literally) into archaeology and started my award-winning writing and public speaking career. I love to share history through teaching Latin and Classical History, community archaeology projects, writing books and articles, or presenting in person, on-line, in the media and on tours and cruises to demystify the past – I aim to open our eyes to see that it’s all around us, if we just know where to look. But what use is Latin and Ancient History? is a question I am frequently asked, to which my answers were, and are, many and varied but which nearly always include the concept “because it’s FUN!”. For history and archaeology are all around us. We see it every day of our lives and use Latin and classical echoes all the time, often without even realising it – and it can be great fun. Honest!”
Australian archaeologist with concentrations in field excavation and history. Joshua is a member of the World Archaeological Congress, Flinder’s Archaeological Society and SAFE, a cultural heritage network. Joshua loves traveling and is keen on learning about the cultures and peoples of the countries he has and will visit.
Egyptologist, Tour Guide & YouTuber
I have been working as a tour guide for almost three years. I’m simply a girl who fell in love with the Ancient Egyptian civilization when I was little… I continued my college study in that field following my passion of ancient history. I majored in tour guiding, to learn more about my culture and heritage and introduce this knowledge to others. I created my own YouTube channel KEMET Egypt to present history through media, to show the past once more.The study of our ancient past made me realize that it is not just stones or masterpieces of art, it is a whole story to tell, a story waiting to be revealed. The monuments and heritage have to be preserved in an appropriate way to be saved for generations to come. It is my ambition to learn more about preservation techniques to help save our heritage for future centuries.
Archaeologist & Photographer
Chris is an archaeologist and photographer who enjoys telling stories about the past on either side of the camera. One of his first projects involved documenting the Qala Yampu, a 15-m reed boat that successfully carried a 9-ton stone across Lake Titicaca; here are some of his images from the project: https://youtu.be/IoWBYyIRwoU. He has worked at archaeological sites in Tunisia and Turkey and across the American West, ranging from a 19th-century African American saloon to the largest prehistoric village ever excavated in the Pacific Northwest. Chris’s specialties include archaeological survey, experimental archaeology, and Roman art. He also enjoys acting on the side; recent roles include a businessman on Portlandia and a biker in an indie action film currently in production. Chris has studied 14 languages and has degrees in Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania), Archaeology (Cambridge), and Development Studies (London School of Economics). You can see more of Chris’s work at www.behance.net/chrisknutson
Oral Historian & Archaeologist
Dana specialises in topics related to Japanese American history with an emphasis on the experiences of WWII Japanese American internment. She has worked on a variety of oral history projects that range in topic from the Japanese American floral industry in Northern California to the San Francisco Chinatown garment industry to plant resources of Northern California Native American tribes. She is passionate about preserving and sharing stories of the past using the words and voices of those who experienced it. Some of Dana’s work can be seen at: www.janurseries.com
Archaeologist & YouTuber
Archaeologist, Researcher & Freelance Writer
Archaeologist & Tour Guide
Evelyn says ‘I have been working at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) since 2013 and in my spare time, volunteer at the Melbourne Museum; where I conduct guided tours of the Dinosaur Walk exhibition. During my undergraduate course (Bachelor of Archaeology) I tried to focus on all areas of archaeology and ended up finding myself drawn to evolution and the Mayan civilisation. While studying Masters of Cultural Heritage, I concentrated my studies on tourism, globalisation and modernisation. My absolute goal would be to work as an archaeologist TV presenter. I was a ballerina for many years and also taught dance. Being able to tie my profession with my love of the arts, through the means of a job such as presenting archaeology would be most ideal. To work in exhibitions or tourism/globalisation would also be a dream.’
Dr. Alex Joffe
Archaeologist & Historian
Alex Joffe is an archaeologist and historian who brings the ancient and the modern together in a unique way. With a degree in American history from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, he’s long been known as a specialist on the Early Bronze Age Levant and as editor of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s monthly e-zine The Ancient Near East Today. He’s done fieldwork in Israel, Jordan, Greece and the US, but Joffe also writes and speaks about extremist movements, antiquities looting, and Middle Eastern politics for think tanks, policy organizations, and the popular press.
Indologist & YouTuber
Urmi Chanda-Vaz 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
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 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.’
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 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’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.
Eileen says ‘I am qualified with an MA in Egyptology and have expertise in the lives of the pharaohs and less elite members of this ancient culture which takes in all aspects of their history, language, religion and funerary practices and much more. I am an experienced speaker and lecturer on the subject, having worked as a Guest Speaker for the Carnival group of cruise ships for several years as well as giving talks to Egyptology societies throughout the UK. I am also a registered speaker for the Decorative and Fine Arts association (NADFAS).’ Eileen is also a published author with her first book ‘What Did the Poor Take With Them’ which investigates the 18th and 19th dynasty grave assemblages of the non-elite from Qau, Badari, Matmar and Gurob. Followed by her second book ‘Understanding Ancient Egypt’.
Dr. Shane McKee
Shane says ‘I am a doctor working in the field of genes, DNA and data, trying to deliver precision medicine and advanced diagnostics, as well as connecting medicine up and making it better. I also have a keen interest in the Middle East, stemming from my medical elective in the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth. I enjoy cycling to raise money for the Nazareth Hospital too. I can comment and advise on genetics, DNA and precision medicine (eg “Science Squad” for RTE). I have spoken on controversies around embryo research for Channel 4’s 4Thought.tv. I was a Northern Ireland “FameLab” finalist.’ Shane’s interests lie in Genetics, Medicine, Evolution, Permaculture, Chickens, Innovations, Wood-burning stoves, Space exploration, Middle East, Egyptology – just the usual. Check out his work here.
Garry says ‘I am a maritime archaeologist and currently Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, specialising in maritime networks in the Aegean Bronze Age. I started out in archaeology, then built a career in educational publishing, before returning to the subject -throughout this I have done a lot of public speaking and high level presentations. I have dug extensively in the UK and on projects in Greece and I am currently working with the Dickinson University team at Mycenae and on launching a new adventure travel firm, Digworld, with Prof Mark Horton (project video here).’
Mourning & Funeral Culture Historian
Kim Parr 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 also is 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 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.’
Archaeologist, Historian & Writer
Bill describes himself as an ‘archaeologist, historian, writer, and research fanatic. Passionately obsessed with uncovering and sharing the mysteries of history. Have had works published in the Ancient History Encyclopedia and sold on iTunes. Working on a project where I have uncovered evidence a Nazi Wunderwaffe – considered a myth – is instead a reality, and on raising it from the Atlantic Ocean.’ See more of Bills work here.
Dr. Keffie Feldman
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.’
Sgt. Diane Cockle
Diane says ‘I have been a police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the past 17 years; the last 14 as a crime scene examiner. Due to my B.A. and M,A in archaeology and Ph.D. in forensic archaeology, I specialize in the search, recovery and analysis of victims of crime. I am 46 years old, married (yes I did meet my husband at a crime scene), no kids, but two large hairy golden retrievers. I live in Langley, BC and work at the RCMP headquarters in Surrey. Because of my specialized skills, I do end up travelling to crime scenes all over BC and sometimes across Canada. Many of the scenes are difficult to get to and logistically challenging. Due to my training and experience (and rank!), I am always the team leader and run the forensic instigations, which means that I also spend a lot of time in court. I grew up in Scotland, but moved to Canada when I was almost 16 years old. When I got to high school in Edmonton, they put me in English as a second language, which is probably why I still stubbornly hang on to my Scottish accent. I am very much into the great outdoors and go hiking, biking, running and backpacking in the great BC mountains any chance I get. I have a great sense of humour and I’m always up for a challenge and an adventure.’
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.’
Author & Historian
I write history and fiction as Hunter S. Jones. I am absolutely passionate about history and here’s why. I grew up in southeast Tennessee, climbing rocks, exploring caves and sinkholes. In fact, my family owns one of the last privately owned caves in the state. We’ve been in the area since it was the Cherokee Nation. One of my ancestors went west on the Trail of Tears, but some of his children stayed in Tennessee. The Cookson Hills in Oklahoma are named for my family, I’m a Cookson by birth so you can understand my love of history. I was born a part of it. But, that’s what makes history so exciting. We’re all a part of history.
For me, the most intriguing events in history involve English Colonial migration, early settlement of the southeastern states, Civil War & Reconstruction in the southeastern US, Cherokee history, and music – which is part of the rich heritage of the region. In fact, a member of my dad’s family was on stage at the early Grand Ol’ Opry. I love to incorporate the mystery and magic of early medicine in my writing. My family sold medicine during the Civil War & Reconstruction in Chattanooga Tennessee and I have the recipe, which has its roots in Cherokee and British herbal remedies.
Piecing together this very American background was aided by a B.A. in English and American History which also helps in research for my fictional and historical works. And, the secret is most families worldwide share remarkably similar stories. That’s what makes history so exciting and compelling.
Adventurer, Outdoorsman, TV & Film Director
Greg Goodall is a Director/Presenter hailing from Lincolnshire. He is a country boy who has lived and travelled far and wide; his experiences in life have made him a well rounded individual, able to speak confidently on a vast array of subjects. He has an abiding love for adventure and the outdoors and takes on extreme challenges at regular intervals (often on camera!) Having experience behind the lens has given him a much greater understanding and ability to deliver what is wanted and needed as a Presenter. Greg’s skillful rapport and endearing and likable demeanor also gives him the ability to connect with the people he works with in life and on film, making sure he gets the best out of them
Dr Carmen Obied
Maritime Archaeologist & International Model!
Carmen is a Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology with 10+ years of international experience, undertaking various maritime and terrestrial archaeological surveys and excavations, as well as geoarchaeological, geospatial and conservation projects around the world (e.g. Oman, Egypt, India, Spain, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, UK). She is also an AAUS & ESDP Scientific Diver. Her fluency in five languages accents her proven ability to communicate with versatile and expert authority. She is dedicated to the discovery, preservation and outreach presentation of cultural heritage through scientific and technological research. She loves travelling and adventure!