Hello and welcome to my outpost on the web!
I am a bioarchaeologist and biological anthropologist, living and working in London.
I teach human osteology and related subjects during term time, although I spend as much time as I can away on projects in Peru, Egypt, Bolivia, Ghana, and South Africa, among others.
I also take tours around London, and enjoy teaching kids about history, art and archaeology, which I dress up with a Horrible Histories approach that sneaks in a lot of knowledge under the guise of revolting observation.
However, I live for fieldwork, and have been travelling about doing
archaeological digs on five continents since 1992.
I write about mummies, burials, bones, cultural heritage and anything else that seems relevant.
I am also a photographer and collect African and other non-western art.
Drop by and see me sometime!
Kafr Hassan Dawood (KHD) is one of the most important ancient sites in Egypt, and contains hundreds of burials from the earliest period of Egyptian history, right the way through to the Romans. Only a portion of the original site is left, but is now being encroached upon by rising water levels and building works; the ancient mummies and skeletons will be destroyed unless we act now. The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has given us permission to rescue what we can while we can. This is our last chance to rescue vital data from the site, so we have to take urgent action. (LEARN MORE)
No donation is too small! Every little will help towards getting this project started. So far the smallest donation we have is £1, which was given to me in person by a 7-year-old! You are then welcome to follow the project as it develops on this page and other links that will soon become available. However, if you’re feeling generous we have developed what I believe to be a unique reward system for those of you who donate £50 ($65) or more, giving you the chance to ‘adopt’ your own ancient mummy or skeleton. Please donate today!
I am very sad to have to report the sudden and unexpected passing of my dear friend and colleague Dr Geoffrey Tassie. Tass’ enthusiasm for the KHD site and project date back over twenty years, and his dearest wish was to return to it this summer. His colleagues and I are determined to do everything we can to make this season a fruitful one.
We are therefore bringing in more manpower to the field and behind the scenes to maximise our efforts, and are reaching out to you once more as we boost our intended target to £12,000. So if you haven’t yet donated, please do consider it now. As an added incentive, a professional designer has donated her time and effort to the cause, and has produced an exclusive T-shirt design for the project, which will only be available to project personnel and anyone who donates - or has donated - £200 or above. So please do dig deep, so we can.
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Here is a favourite photo of him, sharing what was probably an esoteric Egyptological but nevertheless hilarious joke. Anyone who would like to make a donation in his memory, may do so to ECHO, which was dear to his heart and/or the KHD Project.
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