We are legion. Well, we are four. Welcome to our labour of love – kickstarted by a conversation on twitter, and surprisingly, wonderfully, now an actual Thing.


The Team
Brenna Hasset

Brenna is a bioarchaeologist who is especially interested in studying child health in the past, and more than a little obsessed with teeth. She’s lucky enough to have trod in the footsteps of some serious trowelblazers, from Giza to Anatolia, and can be found in tl; dr form at passiminpassing or on the twitter @brennawalks. She is the author of  the Times Top 10 Science Book of 2017 Built On Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death (Bloomsbury).

She is not, despite considerable evidence to the contrary,  a tarsier.


Victoria Herridge

Tori is a palaeobiologist who’s specialist topic is the evolution of dwarf elephants. For reals. She’s trying to answer questions about when, why and how Ice Age island elephants evolved to be so small (like 1-metre-tall small), and what this tells us about evolution more broadly. Plus, what’s not to love about mini-mammoths?

When she’s not looking at tiny – for elephants, that is – fossil teeth and bones in museums, Tori can generally be found scouring Mediterranen islands for new dwarf elephant discoveries. Or on twitter. Or at toriherridge.com.

Suzanne Pilaar Birch

Suzie combines archaeology with biogeochemistry to investigate how humans adapted to climate change in prehistory.

Suzie recently joined the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Anthropology and Geography.

She tweets as @suzie_birch, for the journal @openquaternary, and of course, @trowelblazers. She also maintains the Stable Isotopes in Zooarchaeology website & blog here.

Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Becky would happily work in any trowelblazing field, but happens to be a Palaeolithic archaeologist (an encounter with Jean Auel’s books at a tender age has a lot to answer for). She especially finds the Neanderthals fascinating, enjoys getting intimate with their stone tools, and the Big Questions about who they really were, all of which will feature in her first book, Kindred, coming in 2019.

Affiliated with University Bordeaux after a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, since 2016 Becky has been working as a freelance writer and heritage consultant, and can be found on 21st century Homo sapiens social networks as @LeMoustier, and blogs on research and other stuff at TheRocksRemain.