After receiving her Studies in Antiquity degree from Trinity College, Dr. Meg Watters was working at Harvard University when she decided to take a night course in archaeology. As the course progressed, Meg became fascinated by the subject, and volunteered to join an excavation at the Agora in Athens. In Greece, she saw for the first time the ground scanning technology that was to become the passion of her career. Meg returned to Boston and earned a Master's degree in Remote Sensing and GIS in Archaeology from Boston University. After working in the U.S. with cultural resource management and a radar equipment manufacturer, Meg moved to England where she received her PhD. from the University of Birmingham in Archaeology with an emphasis on Archaeo-Geophysical Data Visualization. Meg has worked with a number of television programs on networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, and the BBC. She also appeared on Channel 4's Extreme Archaeology for one season as the team's technical leader. Meg has participated in archaeological digs all over the world, including Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Morocco, Italy, the Sudan, the UK and Spain. She now lives with her husband in a suburb of Boston, where, after filming Time Team America during pregnancy, she is mastering the ancient skill of being a new parent.
Time Team Q&A
A Roman Villa in Vescovio Italy, or no, wait... a Nubian temple in Gebel Barkal, Sudan or was it the shaft tomb on the Giza Plateau??
Secret Dig Kit Weapon
Duct tape and my soldering iron.
Lets see... was it the pig farm? no... cockroach infested bathroom while drinking water from the Nile in Sudan? uh, no... must have been either the Vilcabomba Inca burial survey in Peru (flown up to our camp on a peak in the Andes in an old Russian high-altitude helicopter) or looking for the Manilan shipwreck carrying Ming Dynasty porcelain on the Baha Peninsula, Mexico where we putt-putted out to our site in a local fishing boat.
When did you first know you wanted to be an archaeologist?I used to make lots of mud pies when I was very young, so I had a thing for dirt (that and my worm business) but discovered archaeology probably during my junior year abroad in College, studying at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.