Hello and welcome!
Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in 2002.
Mary-Ann specialises in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and adventure:
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 XIX, Channel 4
Squeamish, Discovery Dmax
Silbury Hill: Heart of the Hill, BBC4
She has also contributed to Radio 4 (Our Daily Bread, 2012) the BBC World Service (Weekend World Today), Sky News, BBC World and BBC Breakfast News and is a regular guest on the Sky News Paper Preview show.
Mary-Ann regularly blogs for The Independent newspaper, and contributes to Adventure magazines in South Africa, USA and the UK.
Check out: Mary-Ann's Independent Blog
Her first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was published this September 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!
Mary-Ann is interested in how anthropology 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!
Born to Indian and Polish parents in northwest England, Mary-Ann's international heritage stirred her interest in the peoples of the world at a young age. That, and a TV documentary about child sacrifice.
Mary-Ann's research interests include health and medicine, attitudes to the body, children and childhood, food, applied philosophy, animals, sex and gender, myth and folk history.
Some of her fascinating research on Feral Children went into the hit Animal Planet series Raised Wild.
Mary-Ann has worked with a university research group in the southern Sahara in Algeria, surveying prehistoric rock art in desert cave shelters. Her undergraduate thesis addressed notions of 'responsibility' in healthcare choices in complementary therapy.
Mary-Ann also works with a number of corporate clients in business training, speaking engagements and as a chair and interviewer at festivals and events.
Mary-Ann is an experienced scuba diver (PADI Divemaster, BSAC Dive Leader), enthusiastic sailor and moderately competent horse rider. She needs only the slimmest excuse to pack a bag and travel.
She married author Joe Craig in 2008 and rehomed and retrained a large brown dog, Harpo, in 2010.