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Mary-Ann Ochota

Anthropologist, broadcaster and writer specialising in history, archaeology and culture.

Mary-Ann Ochota is an anthropologist, broadcaster and author.

Her work has taken her across the world, including into the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Algerian Sahara, across Australia’s Simpson Desert with seventeen camels, and to the slums of Kampala, Dhaka and Delhi to report on subjects as diverse as feral children, homelessness and the impact of poor sanitation. TV credits include Channel 4's Time Team and Unreported World, Animal Planet's Life After: Chernobyl, BBC and Smithsonian's Operation Stonehenge and ITV's Britain's Secret Treasures.

She regularly reports for BBC Radio's From Our Own Correspondent, is a pundit on Sky News Paper Preview and writes for Guardian Science blogs, The Great Outdoors, Geographical and the Daily Telegraph Outdoors section.

Her new book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape, reveals the archaeological clues you can spot in the British countryside.

Mary-Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council and the Ordnance Survey. She's a proud supporter of Toilet Twinning and the Tony Trust.

Kids Vs Plastic

Plastic pollution is the hot new environmental catastrophe on everyone's timeline. But is it really as bad as the moaners make out? I had a chat with the brains behind the Kids Against Plastic campaign, Amy and Ella Meek.
07/03/2017 16:38 GMT

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.
06/12/2016 11:57 GMT