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Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in 2002.

I specialise in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and adventure: 

Life After: Chernobyl, Animal Planet

Ancient Impossible, History Channel 2

Unreported World, Channel 4

Raised Wild/Feral Children, Discovery Networks 

Britain's Secret Treasures, Britain's Secret Homes, ITV1

The Truth Behind: King Arthur, Nat Geo

Time Team, Channel 4

Silbury Hill: Heart of the Hill, BBC4

I've contributed to Radio 4 (Our Daily Bread, 2012) the BBC World Service (Weekend World Today), Sky News, BBC World and BBC Breakfast News and am a regular guest on the Sky News paper preview show.

I've written for the Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun and the Mirror and have contributed to adventure and outdoors magazines in South Africa, USA and the UK, including Getaway, Women's Adventure and Countryfile Magazine.

Check out my: Telegraph articles & Independent Blog

My first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was published last year by Headline, in conjunction with the British Museum and ITV.

It reveals the incredible stories behind 80 archaeological artefacts discovered by members of the British public. Buy your copy of Britain's Secret Treasures here!

I'm proud to be a 'Loo-minary' for Toilet Twinning and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

I think anthropology (the study of people, biologically and socially) can help to challenge the most basic preconceptions we have about ourselves and our own society, shedding new light on what it means to be human, and why we do what we do.  Anthropology in your own 'backyard' can be as eye-opening as research further afield!