Tera Pruitt is a writer, researcher, and archaeologist who lives in Cambridge, England.


Trained as an excavating archaeologist and a scientific ethnographer, my academic work has focused on the way scientists uncover and understand the past. My previous roles include researching and lecturing at the University of Cambridge, working with UCLA and Native American tribal communities for the National Science Foundation, excavating with Rice University, assisting the Theatre and Performance department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as working with at-risk teenagers in California. I have a number of academic publications that highlight my archaeological research.

I am also a novelist whose creative work blends adventure, historic places, biography, and mystery. My first novel for children was longlisted for the 2018 Bath Children’s Novel Award and the 2016 Mslexia Children's Novel Award. My second novel was longisted for the SCBWI 2018 Undiscovered Voices Anthology and presented in a major international showcase.

In my free time I read, take photographs and travel everywhere I can.

I've visited 63 countries and territories (according to the Traveler's Century Club list). In 2014, I completed my lifelong goal of visiting all 7 continents by stepping foot on Antarctica.