Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Claire Allum

Archaeologist

Claire Allum

Claire had a diverse childhood, growing up in England, the Solomon Islands, and Canada. From her early travels, she developed an appreciation of the diversity of ancient and modern cultures. She also developed a love of warm weather and warm places. Her doctorate, from the University of Calgary, is in Ethno-archaeology—the study of modern societies to help archaeologists interpret the past. To do her research she lived in the tropical northwest of Ecuador working with the Chachi, an indigenous rainforest people, for a year and a half. She has taught at academic institutions in Canada and the US, and participated in fieldwork in both the Old and New Worlds. Other research highlights for Claire include working in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Subarctic of Canada; surveying and excavating sites in Ghana, the highlands of northern Peru, and along the coast of Ecuador; and working at a Maya ceremonial center in Belize. Co-editor of the book Ancient Travelers, Claire is convinced that learning through exploration and travel was as important to peoples of the past as it is for us today.