Nicola Ford

Nicola Ford is the pen name of Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

Nicola was born amid the hop gardens and apple orchards of Kent but spent many years digging up bits of Gloucestershire before migrating north to Derbyshire.

Over the last three decades Nicola has excavated on sites across Britain and Europe, from Yorkshire to the Czech Republic.

She has also co-directed a number of major research projects – one of which was awarded the Archaeological Research Project of the Year Award.

Today she lives with her partner deep in the ancient heart of Wiltshire, following her twin passions of archaeology and crime writing.

2017 Archaeology Awards: Research Project of the Year


The Hidden Bones

Nicola Ford

Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is listless and unsure of her place in the world. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction from her grief. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald’s most glittering dig. Hidden from view for decades and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist’s dream. Determined to document Gerald’s career-defining find for the public, Clare and David delve into his meticulously kept records of the excavation.

But the dream suddenly becomes a nightmare as the pair unearth a disturbing discovery, putting them at the centre of a murder inquiry and in the path of a dangerous killer determined to bury the truth forever.

‘A cracking debut. Ford’s experience as an archaeologist shines through on every page.’

— Mari Hannah