Creswell Crags
Creswell Crags

To travel on an Andante tour is to encounter the past in real time. Through the expertise, passion and knowledge demonstrated by our Andante Guide Lecturers, history will be brought vividly to life in a variety of ways. Whether you are handling artefacts, enjoying behind-the-scenes access or listening to lectures as you go, our guides will be on hand to ensure your experience on tour is both memorable and immersive. From leading archaeologists to broadcasters and esteemed historians, the experts leading our tours will put sites into cultural context, share fascinating insights and make your journey to the past simply unforgettable.

Tours that focus on a particular theme or subject may also be led in full or part and/or accompanied by an Onboard Expert Guest Lecturer or Celebrity Guest and other tours are led by other experts such as Local Guides in a particular destination. Please see individual tour pages on our website for who is taking part in any particular tour.

Andante Guide Lecturer


Adrian O’Neill

Adrian is a passionate and energetic historian and general tour guide who was born and bred in Sligo. He studied Archaeology and Classical Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) where he developed a strong interest in the broad spheres of early Greek and Roman history.

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Andrew Farrington
Andrew Farrington

After a career of teaching Classics, Ancient Greek, and Roman history, Andrew is now Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek History in the Department of History and Ethnology at the Democritus University of Thrace.

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Dr Andrew Foxon
Dr Andrew Foxon

Andrew Foxon has a strong background in archaeology, prehistoric technology and interpretation.

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Aristotle Koskinas
Aristotle Koskinas

Aristotle studied classical archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece, and worked for the Greek Ministry of Culture for several years.

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Barnaby Rayfield
Barnaby Rayfield

Barnaby Rayfield was born in Hampshire and studied German at Bristol University, along with subsidiary courses in theatre and European cinema.

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Caroline Wickham-Jones
Caroline Wickham-Jones

Caroline Wickham-Jones is an archaeologist living and working in Orkney. She studied archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and has a Masters in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham.

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Colonel Paul Beaver
Colonel Paul Beaver

Paul Beaver is very much a hands-on historian with a pilot’s log book which includes the Spitfire, Harvard and Mustang.

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David Drew
David Drew

Writer, broadcaster and archaeologist, David Drew studied at Oxford and UCL.

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Diana Blumberg
Diana Blumberg

Diana Blumberg is an archaeological scientist who specialises in the analysis of archaeological materials. She has worked on archaeological field schools in both Pompeii and Portus (the latter being one of the harbours of ancient Rome), and also has excavation experiences in the United Kingdom.

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Doru Bogdan
Doru Bogdan

A researcher and lecturer at the University of Alba Iulia in Romania, Doru Bogdan is a specialist in Roman archaeology and has also supervised an array of fascinating excavations.

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Dr Andrew Foxon
Dr Andrew Foxon

Andrew Foxon has a strong background in archaeology, prehistoric technology and interpretation.

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Dr Andy Fear
Dr Andy Fear

Dr Andrew Fear is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester.

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Dr Andy Souter
Dr Andy Souter

Dr Andy Souter currently lectures at the University of Reading and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is particularly interested in the architecture of ancient Rome and completed his PhD thesis on the rural economy of Roman Portugal.

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Dr Steven Snape

Dr Steven Snape is Reader in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and director of excavations at the Ramesside fortress site of Zawiyet umm el-Rakham.

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Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley
Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley is a tutor in Greek archaeology at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN). She specialises in Minoan Crete and is the co-directed of the Praisos Survey and Excavation Project.

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Dr David Rudling
Dr David Rudling

Dr David Rudling is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

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Dr Denise Allen
Dr Denise Allen

Dr Denise Allen began her archaeological career in the 1970s as an excavator on many British sites. She studied Archaeology at Cardiff University, with a PhD on Roman Glass.

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Dr Eireann Marshall
Dr Eireann Marshall

An Honorary Research Fellow for the Open University, Dr Eireann Marshall is bilingual (Italian and English), and she has led many Andante tours.

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Dr Elizabeth Baquedano
Dr Elizabeth Baquedano

A Mesoamerican specialist, Elizabeth is a Senior Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She often lectures at the British Museum.

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Dr Elizabeth Bloxam
Dr Elizabeth Bloxam

Dr Elizabeth Bloxam is currently Visiting Professor of Egyptology at North East Normal University, Changchun, China and has held an honorary senior research associate post at University College London for the last ten years.

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Dr Elizabeth Norton
Dr Elizabeth Norton

British historian, Elizabeth Norton, has written twelve books on the Tudors, including The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor and The Lives of Tudor Women. She has also edited the only source book on Anne Boleyn.

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Dr Emma Wells
Dr Emma Wells

Academic, author and broadcaster, Dr Emma J. Wells is a specialist in the ecclesiastical and architectural history of medieval and reformation-era England, and the author of an array of publications.

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Dr Gai Jorayev
Dr Gai Jorayev

Raised in Turkmenistan, but now living in London, Gai works at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

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Dr Gillian Shepherd
Dr Gillian Shepherd

Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe in Australia, Gillian specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.

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Dr Ian Friel
Dr Ian Friel

Dr Ian Friel is a maritime historian, who has enjoyed a long career working in museums, including the Mary Rose.

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Dr Jacke Phillips
Dr Jacke Phillips

A specialist in the archaeology of Sudan and Ethiopia, Dr Jacke Phillips is a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London and Affiliated Scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

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Dr Jamie Sewell
Dr Jamie Sewell

Dr Jamie Sewell has fifteen years’ experience supervising excavations in Britain, Germany, Romania and Italy, including Pompeii. He has authored books and articles on the archaeology of towns in Hellenistic Italy and in the broader Mediterranean region.

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Dr Joyce Tyldesley

Dr Joyce Tyldesley is a Reader in Egyptology at The University of Manchester, where she teaches a suite of online courses in Egyptology. She is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Manchester Museum.

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Dr Katie Tucker
Dr Katie Tucker

Dr Tucker is a Visiting Fellow in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Winchester, a Visiting Researcher at the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, and a freelance osteologist and archaeologist.

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Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, and Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture.

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Dr Eleanor Blakelock

I am a trained archaeometallurgist who specialises in Early Medieval metalwork. My primary fieldwork experience is at Sedgeford in Norfolk, where I am now the director of excavation of the largest trench.

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Dr Nicholas James
Dr Nicholas James

Nicholas James has worked on the history, archaeology and anthropology of the indigenous peoples of the Americas for more than 40 years and he is author of 'Aztecs & Maya'.

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Dr Nick Thorpe
Dr Nick Thorpe

Dr Nick Thorpe is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at The University of Winchester.

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Dr Pamela Marshall FSA
Dr Pamela Marshall FSA

Pamela is an expert in the archaeology of standing buildings. Her interests range from the Classical to the Renaissance, but she specialises particularly in the medieval period.

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Dr Paul Bahn
Dr Paul Bahn

Dr Paul Bahn is the leading expert on prehistoric rock art worldwide, and is certainly one of our best-known archaeologists.

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Dr Paul Tubb
Dr Paul Tubb

A landscape archaeologist and Mountain Leader, Paul has been studying the prehistory of southern Britain for the past 40 years.

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Dr Rita Roussos
Dr Rita Roussos

A native Athenian, Rita taught archaeology and art history at the American University of Athens. She has worked on archaeological projects in Isthmia, Kato, Lossous and Mantinea.

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Dr Rob Dinnis
Dr Rob Dinnis

Dr Rob Dinnis is an expert on the Palaeolithic, and particularly the archaeology of the last Ice Age.

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Dr Sandy MacGillivray
Dr Sandy MacGillivray

Dr Sandy MacGillivray is an archaeologist who specialises in the Aegean Bronze Age as well as the civilisations of Crete, the Cyclades and mainland Greece during this period. He has previously excavated at Sparta, Paros and Kythnos in Greece, at Knossos in Crete.

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Dr Simon Elliott
Dr Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is a best-selling author and has written books on a wide variety of classical history subjects, ranging from Septimius Severus in Scotland and Roman Legionaries to how the Roman military built an empire.

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Dr Tertia Barnett
Dr Tertia Barnett

Dr Tertia Barnett is an archaeologist specialising in the rock art of Britain, Europe and North Africa. She currently runs a research project exploring Neolithic rock carvings in Scotland, based at Historic Environment Scotland, and is also an Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.

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Dr Ursula Weekes
Dr Ursula Weekes

Dr Ursula Weekes is an independent Art Historian based in London, specialising in Mughal art and culture. She read History at St John's College Cambridge, followed by an MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on printmaking in 15th-century Europe.

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Dr Val Turner
Dr Val Turner

Dr Val Turner has been Shetland’s Regional Archaeologist since 1986. An expert in Prehistoric and Viking Field Systems Val has project-managed two major excavation projects: Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village and Viking Unst.

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Elizabeth Cory-Lopez
Elizabeth Cory-Lopez

Elizabeth is an independent Experimental Archaeologist with an MPhil, an MScR and an MA (Hons) in the discipline. Her expertise is prehistoric technical processes, drilling, and she has taught on the Archaeology of Scotland.

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Elizabeth Cory-Lopez
Elizabeth Cory-Lopez

Elizabeth is an independent Experimental Archaeologist with an MPhil, an MScR and an MA (Hons) in the discipline. Her expertise is prehistoric technical processes, drilling, and she has taught on the Archaeology of Scotland.

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Esther Unterweger
Esther Unterweger

Born in Austria, Esther studied Provincial Archaeology and Art History at the University of Graz, Austria. Her other interests include 20th century Vienna and the Viennese Secession, two of her favourite subjects.

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Farès Moussa
Farès K Moussa

Farès has researched and published on Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and ancient Amazigh cultures in North Africa and the central Mediterranean; and on rock-art in North Africa and Saudi-Arabia.

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Francois Desset
Francois Desset

Francois Desset is a French archaeologist specialising in Near Eastern Archaeology.

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Giles MacDonogh
Giles MacDonogh

Giles MacDonogh is an academically trained historian and the author of fifteen books: eleven on history and another four on wine. Most of the history books are about Germany and span the period from the birth of Frederick the Great until the reign of Angela Merkel.

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Guto Rhys
Guto Rhys

A specialist in 'The Pictish Language', Guto is the author of the Ulpan Gaelic language course and works with historical linguistics.

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Ian Colvin
Ian Colvin

Ian Colvin is a historian specialising in the late Roman and Byzantine history of the Caucasus regions. He studied classical and modern Georgian after receiving his MST in Byzantine studies, and has devoted himself to excavations at the site of Nokalakevi.

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Isabella Sjöström
Isabella Sjöström

Isabella Sjöström is an archaeologist with a particular interest in Anatolia and North Africa. She has excavated in the UK, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Libya, and currently works as a pottery specialist with the Sudan Archaeological Research Society in Sudan.

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Kate Parkinson
Kate Parkinson

After graduating from St Hilda’s Girls' Grammar School in Melbourne in 1985, Kate completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1988.

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Jenny Hall
Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall was Senior Roman Curator at the Museum of London for 36 years and is now Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Jeremy Bennett
Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett is currently embarked on PhD studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His research focuses on the development of the agrarian landscapes of Malta and Gozo, particularly the rise of agricultural terracing.

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John Kinahan
John Kinahan

John Kinahan is an archaeologist with more than 40 years in the field and has a broad range of research interests ranging from mid-Pleistocene hominids, to rock art and ritual behaviour, to the advent of farming and the archaeology of early colonial settlement.

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John Oxley
John Oxley

John Oxley is an independent archaeologist, and former York City Archaeologist 1989-2019. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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John Shepherd
John Shepherd

A specialist in the study of ancient glass, John has worked extensively in the field in Europe as an archaeologist, including France, Italy and Bulgaria.

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Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is a novelist known for her Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco and her ongoing series about his daughter, Flavia Albia. She has also written standalone books, some set in English Civil War, and novellas. Her work has been dramatized for radio and is being developed for TV.

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Mark Corney
Mark Corney

Mark Corney is an Archaeologist, broadcaster and former Senior Landscape Investigator with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England.

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Lucia Gahlin
Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin is a specialist in the archaeology of Ancient Egypt and has been leading archaeological tours to Egypt for over 20 years. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology.

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Marc Morris
Marc Morris

Dr Marc Morris is a historian who specializes in the Middle Ages. He studied and taught history at the universities of London and Oxford, and his doctorate on the thirteenth-century earls of Norfolk was published in 2005. An expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy

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Mark Corney
Mark Corney

Mark Corney is an Archaeologist, broadcaster and former Senior Landscape Investigator with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England.

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Milena Melfi
Milena Melfi

A lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at the prestigious University of Oxford.

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Miranda Bruce-Mitford
Miranda Bruce-Mitford

Miranda specialises in social anthropology, Burmese language and literature, Buddhist Art & Architecture of South and Southeast Asia, and Oriental religious studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University.

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Nick Jackson
Nick Jackson

Graduating in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, Nick later took up a research post at the University of Cambridge.

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Oliver Gilkes
Oliver Gilkes

Oliver is an experienced archaeologist who currently works for Andante Travels in the archaeology department, designing and leading new tours all over the world.

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Peter Berridge
Peter Berridge

Peter has published on a range of archaeological subjects including prehistoric stone tools and Norman castles. He has worked on excavations in Britain, Gibraltar and Morocco. His particular passion is the study of Colchester Castle.

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Peter Yeoman
Peter Yeoman

Peter Yeoman has worked as an archaeologist throughout the UK for more than 40 years, directing and publishing major excavations, while also writing a number of books. He studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Leicester.

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Prof. Alexei Leporc
Prof. Alexei Leporc

Curator of Western European Art at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Professor Alexei Leporc previously worked as Professor of 15th to 20th century West European Art and Architecture at St. Petersburg’s Eurpoean University.

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Prof. Craig Benjamin
Prof. Craig Benjamin

Craig Benjamin is a Professor of History at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where he teaches big history and ancient Eurasian history. Craig is a frequent guest presenter at conferences worldwide, and the author of several books and numerous chapters and articles on ancient world history

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Prof. Tony King
Prof. Tony King

Professor Tony King is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Winchester and a specialist in Roman archaeology. He has excavated widely in Britain and abroad, at sites that include Hayling Island, Meonstoke Roman Villa, Pompeii, Leptis Magna, and at Volubilis.

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Prof. Valerie Higgins

Professor Valerie Higgins is currently Associate Professor of Archaeology and Program Director for Sustainable Cultural Heritage at The American University of Rome.

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Professor John Hines
Professor John Hines

John Hines is Professor in the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University, and is a specialist in the archaeology of the early medieval period, particularly the material culture and literature of the Vikings.

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Professor John Rick
Professor John Rick

Professor John Rick is Associate Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, previous Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center. He focuses on South American archaeology including the lost city of the incas.

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Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

Historian, broadcaster, and award-winning author Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is a highly-regarded specialist on the Tudor period with five titles to her name, including 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII.

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Roger Harrison
Roger Harrison

Widely travelled in Africa and the Middle East, Roger triggered his lifelong interest in people and places in (then) Rhodesia as a Fairbridge Scholar and Malawi working with the British Leprosy Relief organisation.

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Steve Roskams
Steve Roskams

Steve Roskams is a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at the University of York. He has a background in rescue archaeology having worked for the Museum of London and directed a number of excavations in the city, principally the large-scale Billingsgate excavation.

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Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson has a university background in ancient history and classical civilisation. He first travelled to Turkey as an undergraduate back in 1977 and has been back countless times since then, and he also lived in southwest Turkey for around 13 years.

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Tony O’Connor
Tony O’Connor

Tony O'Connor is a specialist in the Roman Empire, who has excavated widely across Britain, Europe and North Africa. He is particularly passionate about Roman North Africa, having excavated in Libya for many years.

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Tony Wilmott
Tony Wilmott

Tony Wilmott specialises in the Roman and Late Antique periods, with particular interests in the Roman military and frontiers, in Roman religion, and also in the late and post-Roman transition.

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Celebrity Guest Lecturer


Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon is a leading British art historian and broadcaster.

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Ivan Hewett
Ivan Hewett

Telegraph classical music critic Ivan Hewett has been The Daily Telegraph’s classical music critic for 16 years and has worked as a journalist, academic, author and broadcaster for more than 30 years.

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Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is a novelist known for her Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco and her ongoing series about his daughter, Flavia Albia. She has also written standalone books, some set in English Civil War, and novellas. Her work has been dramatized for radio and is being developed for TV.

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Rupert Christiansen
Rupert Christiansen

The Telegraph’s opera critic Rupert Christiansen is the author of a dozen books, including Prima Donna and The Faber Pocket Guide to Opera.

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Onboard Expert Guest Lecturer


Eugenia Alexiou
Eugenia Alexiou

Eugenia Alexiou was born in Athens. She studied Archaeology and Art History at the National University of Athens and holds a Masters degree in Byzantine Art.

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Local Guide


Jaime Droguett
Jaime Droguett

Jaime has 27 years of experience leading tours, the majority in the Atacama Desert.

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Miranda Spitha
Miranda Spitha

Miranda Spitha studied archaeology in Italy and is from Crete, so is very knowledgeable about history and contemporary life in Greece.

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