Public Speaking

I do a good deal of public speaking to community and professional groups on a variety of topics based loosely around the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East and the historiography of the archaeologists who have worked in the region. Some of my most popular talks include: “Agatha Christie and Archaeology”, “Adventures of a Female Archaeologist Abroad”, “Digger, Teacher, Soldier, Spy” and “The Dawn of Writing”.

I am an engaging, lively, and fun speaker and would be happy to come and talk to your group.  All my topics are illustrated with slides and last about an hour with time for questions and discussion at the end.  For possible dates and costs please contact me at

Most of my lectures are for private groups, but I will post upcoming dates below that are open to the general public. I will update this list as new dates become available. Please contact these organizations regarding tickets, times, and locations.

I am also thrilled to announce that I have been invited to be a Kershaw Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology by the Archaeological Institute of America for the 2020/2021 lecture season. COVID has obviously meant that these lectures are now virtual which means that they are available to a wider audience. Please see the AIA’s website for links to these talks.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to have me speak at your organization. I do a lot of PROBUS groups, museums and historical societies, seniors community groups, and also speak to students and children of all ages.

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