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Presenter of BBC's Digging for Britain to visit Eden Court Theatre in Inverness

By Val Sweeney

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Professor Alice Roberts. Picture: Craig Hastings.
Professor Alice Roberts. Picture: Craig Hastings.

Life, death, and disease in the Middle Ages will be put in the spotlight by TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts at an event in Inverness.

Professor Roberts, who presents the BBC's popular archaeological series, Digging for Britain, is touring theatres across the UK this spring to launch her new book, Crypt.

She will appear at Eden Court Theatre on Thursday February 22.

Crypt, the final instalment of her highly acclaimed trilogy, explores life, death, and disease in the Middle Ages and beyond.

She looks at the archaeological evidence for terrible brutality directed at an ethnic minority in medieval England, explores the impact of incurable epidemics sweeping through Europe and looks at how modern science is unlocking secrets from the watery grave of the Mary Rose shipwreck.

She also reveals how archaeogenetic research is uncovering cryptic clues and shedding new light on diseases such as leprosy, syphilis, and the plague.

Professor Roberts, who originally studied and practiced medicine, went on to become a university lecturer, teaching clinical anatomy, and undertaking research in biological anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

She is especially interested in the intersection between biology, archaeology and history, the impact of ancient genomics in archaeology, and the interaction between humans and the environment through time.

A familiar face on TV, she has filmed the 11th series of her hugely popular BBC series Digging for Britain.

Last year, she presented Ancient Egypt by Train and Fortress Britain for Channel 4, The Lost Scrolls of Vesuvius for Channel 5 and Curse of the Ancients and Royal Autopsy for Sky History.

She is also an award-winning writer and has published 15 best-selling, popular science books.

In 2015, her book, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. She published her first children’s novel, Wolf Road, in 2023.

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