Amanda was born and raised in Canada, and she developed a love of travel and archaeology during a family trip to Mexico’s Chichen Itza. She received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Glasgow. During her doctoral research, Amanda travelled to Israel to survey and to study the ruins of Crusader-era city walls. Her particular interest lies in the interaction between different groups of people and how they alter walls through destruction, reconstruction, ornamentation, or new construction. Some of her other research highlights include—exploring the function of Cyprus’s Frankish castles; surveying and excavating World War II aircraft wreckage in Scotland’s Highlands and islands; and exploring the history of the University of Glasgow’s 19th- and 20th-century architecture. Most recently, Amanda co-authored a book with the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. The book investigates the life of a Pennsylvania farm from colonial times to the present.