David Drew is an archaeologist, writer and broadcaster who studied at Oxford and UCL. Having excavated in Peru for many years, more recently he has been closely involved with a British NGO, the Cusichaca Trust, working with Andean farming communities to improve their agriculture through restoring ancient systems of irrigation canals and agricultural terraces. With local people around the town of Ollantaytambo he has helped to establish a community museum of archaeology and indigenous material culture. He has made many television documentaries for the BBC, including a series transmitted in the USA by the Arts and Entertainment Channel, which followed the stories of those 19th and early 20th century adventurers who ‘discovered’ many of the world-renowned archaeological sites that Andante visits, including Petra, Mesa Verde, Tikal and, of course, Machu Picchu.
David has written ‘The Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings’, published in the USA by University of California Press, and is currently completing a book about Machu Picchu. You can read more about the work of the Cusichaca Trust on their website, here.