Archaeology South-East


LGBTQIA+ archaeologists celebrated as part of Pride Month

30 June 2023

As pride month comes to an end, we’re handing over to some of our archaeologists who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. Let’s meet them!

The pride progress flag with the colours replaced with close ups of archaeological finds

Alice Dowsett (she/her), Senior Geoarchaeologist

I’ve been working for ASE for over 10 years and I specialise in reconstructing Holocene palaeoenvironments in the south-east of England. I’m currently part of a team of specialists working on a really exciting project in the Wantsum Channel, Kent where we are reconstructing 13,000 years of landscape change using deep boreholes. I live in Brighton with my wife and our dog Monty. When I first became an archaeologist there weren’t many ‘out’ people but now I’m lucky enough to have many LGBTQIA+ colleagues and allies.

An archaeologist in a high viz jacket and wellies stands in a muddy puddle, using a rectangular tin to take a cross section of soil from the side of the excavation.
A woman smiles at the camera standing on a pretty cobbled street.

David Brown (he/him), Assistant Archaeologist

I have been working with ASE since October 2021. As an Assistant Archaeologist, my time is chiefly spent out on fieldwork projects of various types and periods. My main interests include zooarchaeology as well as medieval and industrial archaeology. In addition to my archaeological work, I also work as a performing drag queen and have had nothing but support from my colleagues at ASE many of whom have seen me perform on multiple occasions.

A man smiles broadly while standing on an archaeological site
A gorgeous drag queen with bright pink curly hair, a deep purple feather boa, a gold dress and long black gloves.

Samara King (she/her), Post-Excavation Project Manager

Prior to moving to the UK, I worked in development-led archaeology in my home country of Canada. I started at ASE 10 years ago as a site technician, moving up to direct large projects myself, before progressing into management in the last year. Having seen projects through from the field to the publication stage has been very rewarding and helps highlight the great research potential that comes from development-led archaeology. I really enjoy still being able to work closely with the field team while also collaborating with our specialists to produce the reports needed after the fieldwork is done. My main areas of interest are in rural Iron Age settlements and Bronze Age funerary monuments. I live in Essex with my wife and our two cats.

An archaeologist in a hard hat kneels down to excavate a circular feature
An archaeologist with a ponytail shovels mud into a wheelbarrow.