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Thomas Dowson Founder & CEO

After matriculating in 1981 I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 1994 I took up a position at the University of Southampton in England, where I set up the world’s first postgraduate degree programme in rock art studies. My research on prehistoric rock art was featured in a BBC documentary marking the new millennium that explored human evolution and what it means to be human.

In 2005 I moved to France, opened a B&B and offered archaeology tours. It was not until 2011 that I launched Archaeology Travel, providing information about archaeology for people who wanted to go beyond the iconic sites. Because of the global pandemic, and the time I had during lockdown, I began to think about the mission of Archaeology Travel in relation to the increasingly pressing and unavoidable discussions about sustainable development.

Thomas Dowson Carcassonne
Explaining the history of Carcassonne.
Presenting at the Tourism Innovation Summit in 2023. © A. Gräf.

My Background in Archaeology

Ape-Man - BBC 2000

Archaeology Travel Over a Decade Later

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Bulgaria Media Award
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