Ancient History and

Exploring the Ancient Past

About the Author

Natasha Sheldon: Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel Writer

I'm a writer and researcher who specializes in ancient history, archaeology and travel writing.


Read on and find out more about me....

 Ancient History and Archaeology


have always had a passion for the past. I studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Leicester and Bristol Universities in the UK. There, I was awarded the Arnold Wycombe Gomme prize for Ancient History. I hold a BA honours in Ancient History and Archaeology and a MA in Ancient History and Historiography.  


Ancient History and Archaeology are the non- fiction subjects I concentrate on. I write about both subjects for Decoded Past and Decoded Science.  


But my specialist area is Roman history.  Both of my dissertations in the field of magic and religion in the Roman Empire have been published. They are: The Origins and Meaning of Roman Witchcraft and Roman Magic and Religion in Late Antiquity.  



I love to travel and have explored widely across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. There, I have studied and experienced many ancient sites-Roman and otherwise. A few examples include Pompeii, Herculaneum, Rome in Italy, Leptis Magna in Libya, Jerash in Jordan and Palmyra in Syria. There are many others!

 I like to stray from the usual tourist paths and have visit places such as Syria and Libya. Adventures to date include camel riding in the Sahara and having tea with the Bedouin.


 Some of my travels have been motivated by my interest in history, others for the sheer pleasure of discovering the customs and cultures beyond my own. You can discover my historical travel writing on this site and also Italianvisits and Travel Thru History.


My work.


Besides the articles accessible from this website, I am the author of four historical travel guides: Discovering Pompeii, Civic Pompeii, Pompeii’s Last Days and Exploring Herculaneum. All are currently being released as ebooks.


My first e-book, Rediscovering Richard III, published by Decoded Science, is based on my articles about the rediscovery and identification of the last Plantagenet King and interviews with the team involved.


My first print book, Not a Guide to Leicester, a collection of fascinating facts about my adopted hometown published by The History Press is out now.


Please see my writer's blog at  for up to the minutes details about my writing.

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