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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 based in London where she worked predominantly on some of the capitals most iconic multi-period archaeological sites. During this time she worked on various research excavations around the world including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Catalhoyuk Research Project in Turkey. 

With experience in the time periods spanning prehistoric to the Second World War, 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 2013. During her ten year stint on the show she excavated well over 100 sites including Westminster Abbey, Holyrood Palace, the D-Day defences and Normandy. 

In between all of her time excavating, Raksha realised her passion for working with communities and the public whilst employed by a local authority in London; commissioning, developing and delivering public services in the education sector.  This is reflected in her later heritage work when she developed and managed various National Lottery Heritage 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. 

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. Raksha acts as an advocate and consultant for various arts organisations looking to broaden audience participation by looking at ways to encourage diversity and inclusivity in their environments.

Raksha Dave

Time Team Archaeologist

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Raksha Dave

Raksha is a field archaeologist, public archaeologist and broadcaster. With experience in the time periods spanning prehistoric to the Second World War, 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 2013. During her ten year stint on the show she excavated well over 100 sites including Westminster Abbey, Holyrood Palace, the D-Day defences and Normandy. Most recently, she has 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. Raksha also acts as an advocate and consultant for various arts organisations looking to broaden audience participation by looking at ways to encourage diversity and inclusivity in their environments. 

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