My life and love of history
I was born in Wimbledon in 1957. I studied Archaeology and History at the Universities of Durham and London and have degrees from Durham, London, and UCL. I worked for the BBC for most of 1981-1999 but started writing Archaeology and History books for Shire, then Batsford in the late 1980s. More recently I've written for the Bristol Classical Press, Thames and Hudson, and Yale University Press. From 1998-2013 I worked for Channel 4's TV archaeology series Time Team as a Roman expert. From 2007-2016 I taught History and Classical Civilization at a grammar school in Lincolnshire. I have lectured at many locations in the UK and also Australia. I am proud to be an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
It all began with a Roman coin my father gave me when I was about eleven. I was fascinated by the thought of how old it was, where it was made, and the adventures it must have had. At the age of sixteen I saved up to make my first visit to Pompeii. I've never looked back!
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