Ailsa Mainman


Ailsa was born in England, but grew up in northern Canada before returning to the U.K. to study archaeology. As a student she participated on digs throughout Europe and the Middle East, and chose the links between Denmark and England in the Anglo-Saxon period as a study for her doctoral thesis. She counts herself as privileged to have spent much of her career as part of York Archaeological Trust’s team, researching and publishing the discoveries from the internationally renowned  “Viking Dig” in York.

Teaching both students and adults has always been a pleasure and she is currently a research associate at the University of York. Travel has always been a passion – gaining a better understanding of cultures past and present in the company of fellow travelers.

Ailsa lives in York where she is now a freelance archaeologist, researcher and writer. She has led study trips for students and worked with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and Smithsonian Tours. Ailsa is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. 

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