|Full name||Mike Pitts|
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.