Magazine article Geographical

Archaeologist

Magazine article Geographical

Archaeologist

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Julian Richards

AGE: 47

OCCUPATION: Archaeologist, presenter of the BBC series Meet the Ancestors and author of the accompanying book (BBC Worldwide, 17.99 [pounds sterling] hb)

ROUTE TO THE JOB: "I discovered archaeology after I'd left school. After doing my degree in archaeology, I was lucky to be offered a job as a field archaeologist. This led to 15 years of digging, survey work and report-writing, finally ending up as a project manager with Wessex Archaeology where I did a lot of work in the Stonehenge area. I left Wessex with two of my colleagues to set up AC Archaeology, an independent team, but after three years, I decided that I'd had enough of commercial contract archaeology. I then worked on the protection of sites for English Heritage for three years during which time I had my first involvement with television. This was in a programme about how to build Stonehenge, part of a series called Secrets of Lost Empires. In 1996, I had the idea of making Meet the Ancestors, which I now present for the BBC science department. We have just finished making the second series, which is currently showing on BBC2, and we are now filming the third series. …

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