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Mike Pitts

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Full name Mike Pitts
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

written and spoken archaeology, travel, comment etc (see biography for more)

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Photography, Radio, Video
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09


I began my career as a professional archaeologist and museum curator, directing excavations at Stonehenge and elsewhere. I left that to open and run a groundbreaking and very busy vegetarian restaurant, and to travel (spending many months in Asia and the Pacific especially, but also in Africa, Madagascar, south and north America and Canada). I closed the restaurant in 2000, since when I have worked freelance as a journalist specialising mainly in archaeology, while continuing to conduct original research (I returned to dig at Stonehenge in 2008). I have written trade books such as Fairweather Eden (Mail on Sunday non-fiction choice) and Hengeworld, features for most UK newspapers and for magazines such as Wanderlust, BBC History, New Scientist and the American Archaeology. I edit British Archaeology magazine.

In the past five years, I have appeared in over 50 programmes for TV and radio, both of which I hugely enjoy. Among TV projects in which I have both appeared and for which I have been consultant are Murder at Stonehenge for Channel 4 and Stonehenge Live! for Channel 5, and a Discovery film currently in production. I bring archaeology news and debate to radio programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Radio 3’s Nightwaves, and am currently recording a series I will present for Radio 4 for broadcast in 2010.

I am a recipient of the British Archaeology Press Award, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the professional Institute for Archaeologists. I am an exhibited photographer, and passionate about arts in general.

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