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Summer Reading List

Join us, ancient explorers, as we explore the literary world this school holidays. We have put together our first Ancient Explorer reading list for 2019 and this includes books for explorers of all ages. For our young explorers, I have selected 10 books and these...

The Coral Tree: A South American Queen in Australia

On the walk last week I discovered a Cockspur coral tree (Erythrina crista-galli) on the edge of the creek close to my home. I live near subtropical rainforest on the East Coast Australia, and I can easily spot the coral tree in amongst the gumtrees and banksias when...

Llamas and the Play Dough Challenge

A few years ago, while working on an excavation just outside of Cusco city with a team consisting of archaeologists and representatives of a local Quechua speaking community, I gained several key insights about the nature of creativity. These experiences inspired...

Book Review: Grandmother’s Song

Recently, I was trawling through the book shelves of my local library when I discovered 'Grandmother's Song' by Barbara Soros, and illustrated by Jackie Morris. This picture book is set in a village located in the heart of Mexico and focuses on the beautiful and...

Drawing Artefacts as Creative Play

Painting watercolour illustrations of ancient Andean objects is one of my favourite past times. I love to paint and draw because I find it very relaxing but recently, I discovered that that drawing artefacts also supports my own problem-solving process. As I create...

Ana Solana’s Photographic Diary of the Inkas

During the month of October, we are celebrating Ana Solana and Team Ancient Explorer’s adventures at Inka places in Peru by sharing photographs from her field diary via our social media pages. As you, our fellow ancient explorers already know,...

Planning A Retreat For Ancient Explorers

At the moment, I am coordinating our very first retreat in Cusco, Peru, which will take place next year, and I confess that I am very excited about it! For a number of years, friends asked me about travelling to Peru and when I was going to organise a tour. At first,...

Planning A Creative Adventure

At the end of a recent school holiday workshop about Mayan pyramids, a parent approached me and after thanking me, she commented that she wasn’t quite sure what the workshop would be like when she booked her children in. She also wasn’t quite...

Meet Qowa, The New Ancient Explorer

¡Hola amigos! This week my new amiga, Qowa, joined Team Ancient Explorer and I wanted to introduce you to her. Can you guess what kind of cat Qowa is? At first, you might think that Qowa is a leopard or a tiger cub because her tawny fur has...

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