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 

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

 

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. 

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.

 

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.

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!”

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. 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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.’

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.’

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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 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.”

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.