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Tom Dawson

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Professor Tom Dawson is an archaeologist and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. He started his archaeological career in London, excavating trenches up to 20 feet deep in the heart of the city. He then conducted excavations in Japan, Italy, Ireland and France, and spent three years in Sri Lanka, training archaeologists at World Heritage Sites and doing underwater archaeology on the south coast.

Since joining Scotland’s oldest University, Tom has pioneered ways of working with sites threatened by climate change. He is the CEO of SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) and together with his team, has inspired creative ways of recording threatened heritage. A strong advocate of public archaeology, most projects were developed in collaboration with local communities.

Tom regularly appears on TV shows in the UK and has written many academic papers. His edited publications include Archaeology and Coastal Erosion in Scotland and Public Archaeology and Climate Change. He sits on a number of international panels and advisory boards and was formerly a Commissioner with the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

What Our Travelers Say

Tom is a great guy - a real asset to the trip. His lectures were informative and relevant to the sites we covered, but he added insightful commentary throughout the tour. He worked very well with our tour guide to make the trip memorable for all.

- Clara H., Scotland's Treasures

Upcoming Tours

Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea

9 days | Starting at: $7,460
May 4, 2025 - May 12, 2025

Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot
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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $7,310
May 30, 2025 - Jun 6, 2025

Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain, Le Bellot, or Le Laperouse
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