Archaeologist and TV presenter
British/Australian archaeologist and writer, Adam Ford, has excavated sites and explored the story of human history across the world. In the ABC TV series Who’s Been Sleeping In My House, Adam uses his professional skills and a healthy dose of tenacity to unravel amazing social history stories hidden within the bricks and mortar of homes across Australia.
A natural storyteller, Adam Ford brings his specialist expertise to the series. Adam has 20 years’ experience as a professional archaeologist, having investigated a remarkable range of excavations in Australia and around the world. Adam has led and participated in expeditions to the Caribbean, British Isles, Jordan, Syria, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Australia.
From Cold War bunkers in England to Bronze Age cities on the Euphrates, shipwrecks in remote Western Australia to burials in Barbados, the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand to Cold War rocket bases, Adam has thrown his energy, enthusiasm and humour into unlocking the mysteries of the past.
Adam is the founder of DIG International, a company that works to ‘explore, conserve and promote the physical remains of our story’.
Adam says, ‘I’ve had heatstroke, hypothermia and dysentery. I’ve been chased by camel spiders, walked on by scorpions and pestered by bugs big enough to ride. I’ve lived in some of the most remote locations in the world and suffered the backbreaking and frankly soul-destroying monotony of shifting tonnes of dirt with a shovel. But when you find pieces of the past that give a glimpse into lives lived by people we will never meet, but on whose shoulders we now stand … well that’s the kick, that’s why I’m an archaeologist.’
Adam reckons there’s no point in digging stuff up if the public don’t get to hear about what it all means, so he is delighted to raise the profile of history and archaeology through TV. Series 1 of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House first aired in 2012, followed by Series 2 in 2013 and Series 3 in 2014.
Adam Ford has many fascinating tales to tell of his many years as an archaeologist, revealing architectural surprises, unravelling old mysteries and unearthing long-buried family secrets. Audiences can’t fail to be intrigued and entertained by this world-class storyteller as he shares his excitement, emotions, the highlights, the disappointments and the cliff hangers.
Adam Ford was the Master of Ceremonies for the City of Sydney Heritage 101 presentation on 16 May 2013. The event was aimed at a lay audience and they appreciated Adam's ability to de-mystify the philosophical and technical imperatives of heritage conservation. I particularly appreciated his eloquent introduction to the topic and his effective handling of the Question and Answer session.