Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann is a TV presenter and writer, specialising in anthropology, archaeology, social history and adventure, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Mary-Ann has presented shows for all the major broadcasters, including cult archaeology show Time Team, ITV’s Britain’s Secret Treasures, and History Channel’s Ancient Impossible. She’s a regular host on the BBC World Service ‘Why Factor’ series, exploring human behaviour around the world. Her next TV series will be about the culture of Tibet, to be broadcast in 2018. She writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including the Telegraph, Countryfile Magazine, and Trail. Her first book, Britain’s Secret Treasures, explored the stories behind archaeological artefacts discovered by members of the public.

Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape, was nominated for Book of the Year at the Current Archaeology Awards 2017 and selected by historian Tom Holland as a New Statesman Book of the Year.