Carenza Lewis

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Carenza Lewis in 2005

Professor Carenza Rachel Lewis MA ScD (born 30 November 1963)[1] is a British academic archaeologist and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Lewis received her formal education at the school of the Church of England Community of All Hallows, in Suffolk, and at Girton College, University of Cambridge.

Field and academic career[edit]

In 1985, she joined the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England as a field archaeologist for the Wessex area. During part of her time with the Commission she was seconded to the History Department of the University of Birmingham to research the relationship between settlement and landscape in the East Midlands, she followed this with a similar project in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

In 1999, she was elected a visiting fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she was a Senior Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer.[2] In 2004, she took on a new post at Cambridge to promote undergraduate archaeology, and created Access Cambridge Archaeology.[3] In 2015, Lewis was appointed to the Professorial Chair of 'Public Understanding of Research' at the University of Lincoln.

Television career[edit]

In the early 1990's she joined the team presenting the Time Team series, a new television programme designed to make archaeology accessible for the general public, which was first broadcast on Channel 4 Television in 1994, she worked on the show from 1993 to 2004. The ratings success of the Time Team series led to further television presenting commissions for Lewis, including the series House Detectives (1997-2002).[4]

In 2000, Lewis presented an episode of the BBC's theoretical history programme entitled What If, where she examined the failed revolt of Queen Boudicca and the Iceni against the Roman Empire in AD 60, she also devised and presented a series called Sacred Sites for HTV.

In 2010, she appeared in the television series Michael Wood's Story of England.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Lewis appeared in national print media detailing her experiences as a victim of mass medical misdiagnosis at the hands of Dr James Elwood in the late 1990s.[6][7]


  • Aston, Mick and Lewis, Carenza (eds.) (1994) The Medieval Landscape of Wessex Oxford: Oxbow
  • Lewis, Carenza, Mitchell-Fox, Patrick and Dyer, Christopher (1997) Village, Hamlet and Field: Changing Medieval Settlements in Central England Manchester University Press
  • Lewis, Carenza, Harding, Phil and Aston, Mick, (2000) Time Team's Timechester: a companion to archaeology; ed. Tim Taylor London: Macmillan
  • Aberg, Alan and Lewis, Carenza (eds.) (2000) The Rising Tide: Archaeology and Coastal Landscapes Oxford: Oxbow


  1. ^ General Register Office for England and Wales Births Q2 1963
  2. ^ "People - Carenza Rachel Lewis MA, ScD, FSA". University of Cambridge. Division of Archaeology. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  3. ^ Access Cambridge Archaeology Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  4. ^ Presenter credits for 'House Detectives' on IMDb database.
  5. ^ Michael Wood's Story of England, PBS TV. Accessed 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ "My nightmare all a 'mistake'". 18 June 2000. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  7. ^ "TV woman's mastectomy nightmare". Daily Telegraph. 4 May 2001. Retrieved 4 February 2013.

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