Matilda Webb

From archaeologist...In Maeshowe tomb

I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was 11 and allowed to roam the moors, woods and fields searching for arrowheads, bottle dumps and other signs of the past. When not exploring I sat in my cave of chairs and blankets reading stories set in the past. When I became an archaeologist I was lucky enough to work on fascinating sites from ancient Rome and Prehistoric Stonehenge to Medieval Mongolia and the mysterious Easter Island.
 
...to children's book writer
 
Signing with border
 
 
However, I was always dismayed at the absence of children (and women) in archaeological narrative, whether in museum displays, books or articles. So I felt compelled to write stories for children set in the past, full of characters and plots that they could identify with. It continues to be my passion to make these wonderful ancient worlds accessible to all.
 
Read my interview with Ed on the web

Ed the owl