Dr William Saturno lecturing at Cantona
Dr William Saturno lecturing at Cantona

Expert Scholars

When you choose Archaeological Tours, you are choosing quality, passionate, and unrivaled expertise. Our Expert Scholars are leading archaeologists and historians, who accompany each of our tours, bringing ancient sites vibrantly back to life as well as being on hand to share fascinating insights from the historical periods in question. Their boundless knowledge and personable nature keep guests returning to us year after year.

Expert Scholar


Ben Kane
Ben Kane

Kenya born, Irish by blood and UK resident, Ben Kane’s passion for history has seen him change career from veterinary medicine to writing, and taken him to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents.

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David Drew
David Drew

Writer, broadcaster and archaeologist, David Drew studied at Oxford and UCL.

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Diana Blumberg
Diana Blumberg

Diana Blumberg is an archaeological scientist specialising in the analysis of archaeological materials. She has worked on archaeological field schools in Pompeii and Portus (one of the harbours of ancient Rome), and also has excavation experience in the UK.

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Doru Bogdan
Doru Bogdan

A researcher and lecturer at the University of Alba Iulia in Romania, Doru Bogdan is a specialist in Roman archaeology and has also supervised an array of fascinating excavations.

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Dr David Rudling
Dr David Rudling

Dr David Rudling is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology, and his current duties include directing the ongoing excavations at Plumpton Roman Villa.

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Dr Eireann Marshall
Dr Eireann Marshall

An Honorary Research Fellow for the Open University, Dr Eireann Marshall is bilingual (Italian and English), and she has led many Andante tours.

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Dr Gillian Shepherd
Dr Gillian Shepherd

Gillian Shepherd PhD is Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe, Australia. She specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.

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Dr Jamie Sewell
Dr Jamie Sewell

Dr Jamie Sewell has fifteen years’ experience supervising excavations in Britain, Germany, Romania and Italy, including Pompeii. He has authored books and articles on the archaeology of towns in Hellenistic Italy and in the broader Mediterranean region.

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Dr Neil Faulkner
Dr Neil Faulkner

Dr Neil Faulkner is a Research Fellow at Bristol University and a specialist in Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and First World War archaeology. He is involved in fieldwork projects in Norfolk, Jordan, and Slovenia.

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Dr Simon Elliott
Dr Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling historian, archaeologist, author, broadcaster, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology.

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Dr Xavier Droux
Dr Xavier Droux

Dr Xavier Droux completed his Ph.D at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. His research focuses on predynastic Egypt and the role and significance that animals held for the Egyptians at the time.

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Francois Desset
Francois Desset

Francois Desset is a French archaeologist specialising in Near Eastern Archaeology.

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Ian Colvin
Dr Ian Colvin

Ian Colvin is a historian specializing in the late Roman and Byzantine history of the Caucasus regions. He studied classical and modern Georgian after receiving his MST in Byzantine studies, and has devoted himself to excavations at the site of Nokalakevi.

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Dr William Saturno
Dr William Saturno

Dr William Saturno received his BA from the University of Arizona and his PhD from Harvard University and has been leading tours with us for over eight years. He is an expert in Mayan Civilization.

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Jeremy Bennett
Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy is a British archaeologist. He is currently studying for his PhD, examining Maltese agricultural terraces at Cambridge University.

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John Shepherd
John Shepherd

John Shepherd is an archaeologist who has worked extensively in the field in Europe, for example Italy, France and Bulgaria. He is a specialist in the study of ancient glass.

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Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin is a specialist in the archaeology of Ancient Egypt and has been leading archaeological tours to Egypt for over 20 years.

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Mark Corney
Mark Corney

Mark Corney is a Lecturer/Broadcaster and former Senior Landscape Investigator with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England.

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Oliver Gilkes
Oliver Gilkes

Oliver currently works for Andante Travels in the archaeology department, designing new tours all over the world. Oliver worked for over ten years as a field archaeologist in Italy at classical and medieval sites, before moving across the Adriatic to Albania.

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Professor John Rick
Professor John Rick

Professor John Rick is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center. His teaching concentrates on South American archaeology including the lost city of the Incas.

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Tony O'Connor
Tony O'Connor

Tony O'Connor is a specialist in the Roman Empire, who has excavated widely across Britain, Europe and North Africa. He is particularly passionate about Roman North Africa, having excavated in Libya for many years.

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Tony Wilmott
Tony Wilmott

Tony Wilmott is a Senior Archaeologist with Historic England.

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Yonatan Zilbersheid
Yonatan Zilbersheid

Leading tours to all parts of Israel, Yonatan is knowledgeable in all aspects of the country’s history, religions, archaeology, culture, folk music, fauna and flora.

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