Project Director / ArchaeoLink and Collaborator
Patricia founded ArchaeoLink (http://www.archaeolink.org) because she believe the communities in which archaeologists dig can obtain more benefits, educationally and economically than is currently the norm. Her specific experience enables her to work with researchers and local communities to build successful partnerships. She has lived in several countries, travelled extensively and also speaks French and Italian fluently. Patricia has been involved in education and tourism throughout her career. She developed her skills of building cultural tourism while teaching English in Bahrain and interacting with archaeologists excavating the ancient Dilmun sites. Using knowledge gained, and with the support of the Government of Bahrain, she set up Bahrain Explored, the first inbound tour operation in the country, showing people traditional Arabic culture and Bahrain's 5000 years of history. Patricia pursued her interests in social and economic development when living in the Caribbean. She became involved in social issues helping young people at risk, resumed teaching and administrated a small school. Patricia read Archaeology at the University of Cambridge as a mature student, leading her to establish ArchaeoLink. "Our primary mandate is to discover the stakeholders' vision and to facilitate achievement of their goals."