Denise Allen, Andante Travels
There has been a curious contrast over the past decade: while archaeology has been hit hard by the recession, the level of interest of the general public has grown. People are better informed than they ever have been – through TV programmes and magazines – and we are only too delighted to fan those flames of interest by taking people to sites all around the world, in the company of archaeologists. One of the great archaeological investigations is of the incredible religious complex at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey (shown below), which is changing the way we look at the transition from hunting and gathering to a more settled existence (CWA 53). Our parties started to visit early in the project, thanks to the suggestion of Prof Trevor Watkins, who first led our tours to that region.