Raksha Dave
Born (1977-08-22) 22 August 1977 (age 46)
  • Archaeologist
  • TV presenter
  • author
Known for
Academic background
Alma materUniversity College London
Academic work

Raksha Dave (born 22 August 1977) is an archaeologist, TV presenter, and is the current president of the Council for British Archaeology.

Early life and education

Dave graduated with a degree in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology in London in 1999.[1]

Personal life

In April 2017, Dave married Nigel Jeffries, who is a medieval and post-medieval pottery expert at the Museum of London.[2]


Dave worked with a commercial archaeological unit, primarily excavating in London with the Museum of London Archaeology Service.[1] She also excavated at the World Heritage Site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, and sites in Texas and Puerto Rico.[3]

Dave featured regularly on Time Team between 2003 and 2013 as a field archaeologist.[4] She was a presenter on season 7 of Digging for Britain, broadcast in 2018.[1] She presented the BBC Learning Zone Ancient Voices programme on prehistory, broadcast in 2015,[5] and co-presented Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence for Channel 5.[1]

Other TV work includes The Bone Detectives (2020) and Digging Up Britain's Past (2020).

Dave is an advocate for increasing the diversity of archaeologists,[6] was a trustee for the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is a patron of its Young Archaeologists Club.[1] In July 2021 CBA announced that Dave had taken up the three-year presidency of the organisation.[7]

She is a co-founder of the archaeological social-enterprise DigVentures.[8]

Dave is a research affiliate of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Raksha Dave | Pitt Rivers Museum". www.prm.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Raksha Dave". Marathi TV. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Raksha Dave | Pitt Rivers Museum". www.prm.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Inside the Mind of… Raksha Dave". The Heritage Journal. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC Two – Ancient Voices". BBC. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  6. ^ Dave, Raksha (23 May 2016). "Archaeology must open up to become more diverse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Broadcaster Raksha Dave will champion innovation and inclusion in her new role as President of CBA" (Press release). Council for British Archaeology. 18 July 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Raksha Dave". DigVentures. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2019.