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Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Britain Afloat

8pm Saturdays, BBC2

Six-part documentary series exploring how boats have shaped our lives across Britain. Join me on a journey into the history of punts, coracles, narrow boats, sailing boats, rowing eights and the Thames sailing barge & meet the people keeping the traditions alive.

Hidden Histories:

A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape

Recommended by The Sunday Times, Trail Magazine, The Countryman, Countryfile Magazine, Geographical magazine, Tony Robinson, Steve Backshall, Tom Holland (selected as New Statesman Book of the Year) and Professor Francis Pryor

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I specialise in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and outdoor adventure.

For me, it's all about discovering and telling people's stories in the most exciting and compelling way - on TV, radio, in print and in person. From the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone, to conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the slums of Dhaka, the backstreets of Swansea, and the high fells of Britain's Lake District. 

Britain Afloat: Boats that made Britain
BBC2 (Saturdays, 8pm, starting 30th September 2017)
Living on the Roof of the World: Tibet Discovery Networks (coming 2017)
China Next: Stories from China
Discovery Asia-Pacific (coming 2017)
Those Who Came Before;
CNN Create/Visit Jordan
The Why Factor: Childlessness, Raising Other People's Kids, Surrogacy
BBC World Service
Keep Digging (the deepest hole in the World)
BBC Radio 4

Life After: Chernobyl, Animal Planet

A Dirty Secret, BBC Radio 4

Best of Enemies: What do the British Think of the Germans? ARD-Alpha

Ancient Impossible, H2: 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

My new book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape is a guide to puzzling out some of the features you might spot in the landscape around you - what are those lumps and bumps in that field? Is this an ancient burial mound? How old is that church? Is this a medieval woodland? For countryside wanderers and armchair wonderers, I hope it'll feed your curiousity as a landscape detective!

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Join me at an event - talks, walks and more!

I'm a contributor to BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent, the Guardian's Archaeology & Anthropology network, Sky News, BBC News and HuffPost. I'm a regular guest on the Sky News paper preview show. I also report for ITN Industry News on themes as diverse as public health, technology, finance and criminal justice.

I write for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, write a monthly column for Trail Magazine, and regularly contribute to adventure and outdoors magazines including BBC Magazine, Geographical, Summit and Countryfile Magazine.

Check out my: Telegraph outdoor travel guides

My first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was written 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 - twin your loo with a long-drop somewhere in the world

an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion - be inspired to enjoy the outdoors!

a Patron of the Tony Trust, who help fund young people to take part in Outdoor Activities Centres

a Hill Walking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council - the mountains are for all

a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - understand the complex world we live in

I believe 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!