Mary Ann Ochota

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Mary-Ann Ochota
OccupationAnthropologist and Broadcaster
Spouse(s)Joe Craig, author
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Mary-Ann Ochota
OccupationAnthropologist and Broadcaster
Spouse(s)Joe Craig, author

Mary-Ann Ochota (born 8 May 1981) is a British broadcaster and anthropologist specialising in anthropology, archaeology, social history and adventure factual television.[1]


Ochota was born and grew up in Wincham, near Northwich, in Cheshire to Indian and Polish parents. She studied at the sixth form college of Sir John Deane's College in Cheshire, and was a member of 146 Sqn Air Training Corps. From 1999 to 2002 she studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2] In 2008, she married children's author Joe Craig.


Ochota is the co-presenter for Series 19 (2012) of Channel 4's archaeology show Time Team with Tony Robinson, and has presented for Discovery Networks (Squeamish, 2012), Nat Geo (The Truth Behind King Arthur, 2011) and for the BBC.

She co-presented the documentary Silbury: The Heart of the Hill for BBC Four with Neil Oliver about the neolithic mound Silbury Hill in Wiltshire. She was part of the expert panel on a BBC Two daytime game show Identity in 2007, hosted by Donny Osmond. She was the resident anthropologist on BBC Three's Castaway Exposed, the sister show to BBC Castaway 2007, hosted by Richard Bacon. She has contributed to current affairs radio programme Weekend World Today on the BBC World Service.

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Ochota modelled for several commercials including Kellogg's Special K.[3] She has been chairman and interviewer at the annual Institute of Art and Ideas Crunch arts festivals and HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy festivals, and she regularly blogs for The Independent's Notebook.


[1] Noel Gay artist's page via Internet Archive [2] via the Internet Archive

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