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8th November 2018 Jemma Green

Raksha Dave
Field Archaeologist, Public Archaeologist and Broadcaster

Raksha Dave is a Field Archaeologist, Public Archaeologist and Broadcaster. In 1999, Raksha graduated from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, having already excavated on research projects in the UK, Puerto Rico and Texas. In 2000, she secured her first position as a commercial field archaeologist in London and continued to work predominately in London as well on various research projects around the world. In 2003 Raksha was recruited by Channel Four’s popular archaeology programme ‘Time Team’ – where she was a regular face on the show until its final episode.

In between all of the excavating, Raksha realised her passion for working with communities and the public after working for a local authority in London; commissioning, developing and delivering public services in education and early years as part of a major government funded initiative. This is reflected in her later work when she returned back to the heritage sector. Raksha developed and delivered various HLF funded community projects, sat on the board of trustees for the Council for British Archaeology (London) and became an advocate and patron for the Young Archaeologists Club.

Raksha has now come full circle and has returned to Public Archaeology and broadcasting she recently presented the BBC Learning Zone ‘Ancient Voices’ programme on Prehistory, Co-Presented ‘Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence’ for Channel 5 and ‘Digging for Britain’ – Series 7 for BBC 4. She likes dinosaurs.

Raksha will chair the Inclusivity and Audiences Symposium — setting the tone, bringing a unique viewpoint to the conversation. She’ll also be curating an ‘archaelogical dig’ at lunchtime. More details announced soon.

Image courtesy of Raksha Dave © VoltageTV Channel 5