Dr. Meg Watters, Archaeologist
Meg is passionate about the fusion of science, technology, and history and being able to reach out to and communicate with the public through media and outreach programs. Through the engagement of the public and in particular youth through television, social media, and hands-on experience Meg uses different paths to approach the unique blend of science and the humanities that archaeology has to offer; a path to inspire the innovators and problem solvers of the future.
With degrees in Classics, GIS and Remote Sensing, and Archaeological Landscape Visualization Meg’s approach to bringing the past to life includes a broad spectrum of methods for a unique perspective on storytelling and visualization of events, people, and landscapes.
Meg pulls on her experience from work in academic research, Cultural Resource Management and the build environment (modern city infrastructure), technological development and applications in the ground penetrating radar industry, and from heading her company Visual Environment Solutions, LLC to work with media productions in every aspect of program development, filming, and broadcast.
Over the past 20 years Meg has lead large and small scale archaeological remote sensing expeditions on sites around the world. One of her interests is working with local researchers and helping them investigate their past cultural heritage and in the process pass on relevant training and skills to enable communities to help themselves continue to preserve their resources.
Since 2000, Meg has worked extensively with the media helping search for a Manilan Shipwreck carrying Ming Dynasty Porcelains on the Baja Peninsula, mapping sacred Inca landscapes on the Andes Mountains in Peru, discovering new shaft tombs on the Giza Plateau, and exploring the diverse history of the Unite States. Each project brings a unique opportunity to explore our past and reveal the sacred and hidden facets of our history through scientific investigation.
Meg is a co-Principle Investigator for the PBS television program Time Team America. In this role she has helped develop the format and content of the program, working as part of the PBS production team from program inception to broadcast. On camera Meg is a contributing scientist and main Time Team presenter getting people excited about the potential buried landscape they are on site to investigate.
Whether in the trenches, ruthlessly pacing back and forth on geophysical survey grids, or behind a computer, Meg’s disposition and excitement about the work she is doing, and the people she is working with, is clearly communicated through the lens of a camera.