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We are an independent team of archaeological editors, writers, academics, and magazine people.

We cover all parts of the world and all time periods,

publishing the latest stories and biggest ideas. 

We think the past matters more than ever before, and we are committed to communicating the latest insights.

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Meet The Team

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David Miles

COLUMNIST

David Miles is one of archaeology's best-known voices. He was the Director of the Oxford Archaeological Unit, working on projects in Britain, France, Greece, and the West Indies. In 1999 he became Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

He has written and edited many books on archaeology, one on the origins of the British, The Tribes of Britain, another on the spread of farming, The Tale of the Axe, which is out now in paperback.

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Brian Fagan

COLUMNIST

Brian Fagan is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of over 50 general books on archaeology, including the forthcoming must-read Climate Chaos: lessons on survival from our ancestors.

Brian is an internationally recognised authority on world prehistory, an ardent cyclist and sailor, and lives in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by cats.

Meet The Team

Nadia Durrani

EDITOR

Nadia is the editor of Archaeology Worldwide, home of Past Worlds magazine.

 

An author, editor, and journalist within archaeology, she studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University before taking a PhD in Arabian archaeology from University College London. 

 

The former editor of the UK's best-selling world archaeology print magazine, her many books include Climate Chaos, Bigger Than History, and What we did in Bed (here she is on Thinking Allowed talking about the latter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qm0d.)

 

​Nadia lectures widely, including as guest lecturer on archaeological tours, and has a background in documentary-film making.

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Neil Faulkner

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Neil is an archaeologist, author, print magazine editor, and broadcasterHe has a degree in history from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Roman archaeology from University College London.

 

His many books include Apocalypse and Lawrence of Arabia’s War (here he is talking with Melvyn Bragg 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000c0b0).

 

Neil is also the director of several major field projects in Britain, Jordan, and Italy, most recently pioneering the archaeology of cinema with Past Worlds designer, Gary Rossin. 

 

He is a seasoned broadcaster and lecturer, and has worked on numerous documentaries on the human past for Channel 4, the BBC, and others. Actually, if you tune into History channel right now, he'll probably be on it... 

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Brian Fagan

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Brian Fagan is a world leader within archaeological writing. A NYT best-selling author, he has written over 50 general books on archaeology, including the ever-popular A Little History of Archaeology, also the newly-released must-read Climate Chaos: lessons on survival from our ancestors.

 

He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an internationally recognised authority on world prehistory. Educated at Cambridge University, he now lives in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by cats.

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Caitlin McCall

REVIEWS EDITOR

Caitlin has a long background in archaeological writing. The former editor of the UK's best-selling world archaeology magazine, Caitlin has authored and edited many hundreds of articles on world archaeology. 

With a degree in archaeology, from University College London, Caitlin also has extensive experience within the film industry.

When not pursuing her enthusiasm for past cultures, museums, books, and travel, she’s in the greenhouse growing chillies and making hot sauces, which she happily shares with any on the Past Worlds team brave enough to try them. 

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David Miles

COLUMNIST

David Miles is one of archaeology's best-known voices. He was the Director of the Oxford Archaeological Unit, working on projects in Britain, France, Greece, and the West Indies. In 1999 he became Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

He has written and edited many books on archaeology, one on the origins of the British, The Tribes of Britain, another on the spread of farming, The Tale of the Axe, which is out now in paperback.

David is both lyrical and outspoken in his writing, which is why we think he is the perfect columnist.

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Gary Rossin

DESIGNER

Before his life took an orthogonal turn and he entered the savage world that is contemporary archaeology, Gary worked extensively across many fields of the UK magazine publishing industry. He is a director of one of the UK’s largest and longest-running archaeological research projects and with Neil, works with the pioneering archaeology of cinema project and several modern-conflict archaeology fields of research. He has published Sedgeford Aerodrome (an archaeological investigation into a First World War airfield). 

 

In addition to his numerous archaeological field projects, he spends his time travelling around the country in a van solving mysteries, running an arts cinema, having his heart cyclically broken by Peterborough United, yearning for late 80s dance culture, admiring beautiful sunsets and dreaming lucid dreams. 

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ROGER WARD

DIGITAL MEDIA

Roger is a former academic scientist with specific expertise in IT, web design, social media, and other related technologies. He is a multi-skilled expert specialising in conflict archaeology, and the use of digital technologies for data acquisition in the mapping of landscapes and the recording and analysis of data. 

 

He played a leading role in the Great Arab Revolt Project in Jordan (2006-2014) - for which, amongst many other things, he maintained the site blog - and he has also worked on British WWI and WWII sites. He now co-runs Military History Live, and an Italian WWII project near Cassino. 

 

Roger is currently working on new methods of fast on-site recording and cloud data archiving and retrieval for use in the Italian project. 

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Jenny Townzen

DIGITAL MEDIA

Jenny studied Anthropology and History, with a specialisation in Museum Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a recent MA graduate in Conflict Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Since 2017, Jenny has been a proud team member of the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project in Sicily. She has also worked for the instructional services department at the Harry Ransom Center, a research museum and archive in Austin, TX, where she discovered her passion for utilising archival research to help understand and contextualise archaeological investigations.

 

Currently, Jenny lives in her sunny home state of Texas, USA, where she provides Past Worlds with a unique viewpoint and skillset, cowboy boots and all. 

Aoife O'Reilly

DIGITAL MEDIA

Aoife is a geophysicist and archaeologist. She graduated from Bournemouth University with a BSc in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Forensic Science in 2017. During her career, she has worked on a variety of sites – from modern forensic scenes to ancient Neolithic tombs.

 

She currently works for an engineering geophysics company based in Oxfordshire, conducting surveys across the UK, and is also a social media team member for the San Pietro and Cassino, Military History Live, projects.