Founded by a group of passionate archaeologists, Digworld gives you the chance to have a genuine archaeological adventure, getting hands-on at the world's most important sites:
Group sizes are strictly limited to give you low-ratio professional archaeological training, fascinating trips, lectures from academics and professionals, and superb accommodation.
Professor Mark Horton
Mark is Professor in Archaeology at the University of Bristol and presenter on numerous archaeology television programmes. These include the BBC’s Coast, Time Flyers and Inside Out, as well as the early days of Channel 4’s Time Team, together with various archaeology shows on the Discovery and History Channels.
His research focuses on historical archaeology; historical landscapes; maritime landscapes; long distance trade and social responses; early spread of Islam and Christianity; archaeology and the media.
He has conducted excavations in East Africa, Egypt, Madagascar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, North America as well as sites in the UK. He is currently writing a book on his 20 years of excavations in Zanzibar.
Garry Pratt, Honorary Research Fellow
Garry trained as an archaeologist at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Peter Warren, specialising in Minoan archaeology, including the field research and production of a survey exploring the foundations of Knossos on Crete.
He then switched tracks to pursue a fast track career in business, both in the US and across Europe. Most notably Garry co-founded, built and sold a ground-breaking digital educational publishing company, Teachit.
Garry kept up a practical involvement in archaeology through his extensive fieldwork for the Bath Archaeological Society, based in the World Heritage city of Bath. Having sold his company, he returned to the University of Bristol and is currently Honorary Research Fellow.
Aisling Tierney, PhD Research Associate
Aisling is a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol, investigating the Hell-Fire Clubs of Britain and Ireland. She is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology.
Her teaching work includes undergraduate seminars and reading groups, including Comparative World Archaeology, Introduction to Social Anthropology, Material Culture, and Post-Excavation Techniques, as well as Masters reading groups in Maritime Archaeology and History.
Aisling is also the Engagement Coordinator for the Berkeley Excavation project and has appeared as a TV expert for Channel 5's Underground Britain, as well as numerous radio broadcasts as a presenter and expert in the UK, Ireland and Canada.
Charlotte Goudge, PhD Research Associate
Charlotte is a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol, investigating the socio-economic impact of rum on the 18th and 19th century Atlantic world. She is also a Teaching Associate, running undergraduate seminars and lecturing in Social Anthropology and World Archaeology.
A highly experienced field archaeologist, she is currently the Excavation Director on the University of Bristol's field school archaeology excavation in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA. The exciting Dig:Hatteras project is one of the first adventures offered by Digworld.
Charlotte also ran a project in 2015 for the University of Bristol, in conjunction with the Croatoan Archaeology Society, in finding new ways to improve both the student experience and public engagement on archaeological projects.
Martin Levoir, Financial Director
Martin takes care of the financial side of things at Digworld, setting our financial strategy and ensuring that financial management and reporting is done to the highest of standards. His expertise enables the archaeologists to focus on giving our customers the best possible experience in the field.
Martin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Bristol and stayed with them as an audit and investigations manager acquiring experience across a range of sectors. For the last 21 years Martin has held Financial Director positions. His experience includes being FD of a sizeable national air conditioning distribution group. More recently Martin has worked with a range of SME owners as a portfolio FD helping them to develop and sometimes sell their businesses.