ArchaeoFox – Exploring the World Through the Past is simply an Archaeological research/travel blog, that follows the adventures of Irish archaeologist, photographer and bow-maker Stephen Fox.
After completing his BA and Masters degree at University College Dublin, Stephen’s curiosity with prehistory began taking him around the world.
By using ‘Experimental Archaeology’, a method of understanding daily human life in the past by reproducing and using their tools and technologies, Stephen became a proficient archer and exceptional bow-maker. He spent two summer seasons high above the Arctic Circle sailing replica Viking longships and teaching archaeology and bow-making to hundreds of guests a week in the 85m long reconstructed wooden longhouse at the Lofotr Viking Museum in Norway.
After completing his first year of PhD back in Ireland, he was offered an Irish Research Council Scholarship, which he posponed to pursue an exciting opportunity as an archery consultant at Vancouver Film Studios in British Columbia, Canada.
He is currently based in Vancouver where he and his partner Kylen Sabey founded ANIMUS School of Ancestral Arts; a school that offers workshops and events that teach and celebrate our great human past.
Stephen often says:
“Archaeology is our way of revealing the many stories hidden in ancient sites and the artefacts discovered beneath them, and as my research took me more to newer places I began to value just as much the journey to discovery itself. I learned quickly that my experiences; the people I met along the way and the stories I created with them, were in a way, as precious as artefacts themselves”.
It is through this love of travel and the desire to preserve these stories that ArchaeoFox was born. Like a memory museum, Stephen will continue documenting and sharing his experiences here through Archaeofox.com, as he continues exploring the world through the past.
I hope that you will continue to follow him on his adventure!
(September 2018) Co Founder of ANIMUS School of Ancestral Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia
(Oct 2017) Awarded an Irish Research Council Scholarship (Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship)
(Sep 2015 – Present) PhD in Experimental Archaeology – Researcher (Current Position) under the supervision of Dr. Alan Peatfield & Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan – University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
(Feb – Aug 2016) Research Consultant, National Geographic Studios (Concept Development/Experimental Archaeology and Primitive Technology Consultant).
(Feb 2016) Archery Technician’s Assistant CW’s ARROW, Vancouver Film Studios
(May – August 2014 & April – September 2015) Experimental Archaeologist, Hand-Crafter (Traditional Bow-making) and Sailor at the Lofotr Viking Museum, Lofoten, Norway.
(April – May 2013) Awarded the IIHSA Travel Bursary from the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens for one month of research in the British School at Athens and the National Archaeology Museum of Athens
(Sep 2012-2013) MA in Experimental and Prehistoric Archaeology under the supervision of Dr. Alan Peatfield University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland – first class honours (1.1).
(June – August 2013) Volunteer Crafter and Trainee Survival Instructor at the Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare Ireland
(Sep 2009-2012)BA, Single Major in Archaeologyunder the supervision of Dr. Alan Peatfield. Minor in Philosophy and History – University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland, – first class honours (1.1).