Thanks for visiting. This site is about archaeology, and things that catch the interest of an archaeologist who is lucky enough to work in journalism: I often get to see and hear about amazing things before the rest of the world does, and to meet the people who find them. I work for my own company (Digging Deeper Ltd), and fortunately for now I am pretty busy, so what you will find here will be selective.
Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by me, and my copyright.
There is a list of talks and things lower down.
I began my career as a professional archaeologist and museum curator, directing excavations at Stonehenge and elsewhere. I left that to write, photograph and travel (spending many months in Asia and the Pacific especially, but also in Africa, Madagascar, south and north America and Canada), and in the event to help open and run a groundbreaking and very busy vegetarian restaurant (Stones, in Avebury). We closed the restaurant in 2000, since when I have worked freelance as a journalist specialising mainly in archaeology, while continuing to conduct original research (I returned to dig at Stonehenge in 2008).
I have written trade books such as Fairweather Eden (Mail on Sunday non-fiction choice) and Digging for Richard III; features for most UK newspapers and for magazines such as Wanderlust, BBC History, New Scientist and the American Archaeology; and research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Antiquity, World Archaeology and Journal of Archaeological Science.
In 2009 I was one of 2,400 people to take part in Anthony Gormley’s One & Other in Trafalgar Square, London, when for one hour I was able to create a museum of 700,000 years of British archaeology on the empty statue plinth (the “fourth plinth”). I edit British Archaeology magazine and Salon, the Society of Antiquaries’ fortnightly online newsletter. I work frequently for TV and radio, both of which I hugely enjoy, as I do public speaking. Among TV projects in which I have both appeared and for which I have been consultant are Murder at Stonehenge for Channel 4 and Stonehenge Live! for Channel 5. I bring archaeology news and debate to arts and science programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and elsewhere, and have presented a couple of archaeology-themed series on Radio 4.
I am a recipient of the British Archaeology Press Award, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a director of Antiquity Publications Ltd. I am an exhibited photographer, and passionate about arts in general.
“The many journeys of Hoa Hakananai’a”, British Museum free lunchtime lecture 13.30-14.30, November 28
‘Whose ancestors are buried at Stonehenge?” Bristol Museum Winter Lecture Series, December 6
“100 Years of Digging at Stonehenge: a Centenary Lecture”, at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre June 13
“Brian Graham: Towards Music”, exhibition in Salisbury Museum January 26: opening address
Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference, Sheffield November 2: keynote address
CBA Archaeology Day and AGM London, November 6: panel session on public presentation and image of archaeology
British Academy, Reflections on Archaeology February: possibilities for a strong unified voice for archaeology
Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology July: chaired panel discussion about major excavations
Stonehenge and Avebury WHS 30th Anniversary Conference, Devizes November: on discussion panel
Richard III Society Triennial Conference April: Digging for Richard III
CBA Wessex June: Early guides at Stonehenge
Richard III Society, London & Home Counties Branch June: Digging for Richard III
Beaminster Festival, Dorset June: Digging for Richard III
Theatre Royal Bath June: Stonehenge
Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology July: chaired panel discussion, An object that changed my life
Pacific Island Research Network conference, UCL Archaeology September: Hoa Hakananai’a
CBA trustees Stonehenge visit October: after dinner talk on opportunities and challenges facing British archaeology
Art Fund, London October: Digging for Richard III
Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society October: Digging for Richard III
The National Archives Kew, Writer of the Month November: Digging for Richard III
National Portrait Gallery June: Digging for Richard III
Ashmolean Museum July: Digging for Richard III
Marlborough Literature Festival September: Digging for Richard III
Ilkley Literature Festival October: Digging for Richard III
Theatre Royal, Bath November: Digging for Richard III
National Public Radio Weekend Edition November 2014, with Rachel Martin: Digging for Richard III