As a science journalist based in Vancouver, Pringle has been a longtime correspondent and editor for Equinox magazine and has won numerous awards for her magazine articles. She has also contributed to publications such as Omni, National Geographic, New Scientist, Discover, Science, Geo and Saturday Night. Previously she worked at Hurtig Publishers in Edmonton as an assistant editor (1978-1979).

Pringle's second book, In Search of Ancient America, is her tour of ancient sites of habitation in Canada and the United States including Keatley Creek in British Columbia, the Bluefish Caves in the Yukon and Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump in Alberta. For each visit, Pringle accompanies leading archaeologists and their crews in their search for forgotten cultures.

After attending the third World Congress on Mummy Studies, Pringle examined how and why ancient peoples preserved the bodies of the dead in The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession and the Everlasting Dead. She reveals the world's oldest mummies are the Chinchorro mummies of Chile and obviates some of the North American bias in the field of archaeology in the process.

In her fourth book, The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust, Heather Pringle examines why Heinrich Himmler, chief of the SS and architect of Nazi death camps, encouraged the belief that archaeologists had under-appreciated or overlooked the accomplishments of the Aryan race. In 1935, Himmler founded Ahenerbe, a so-called research institute to manifest and manipulate archaeological research. In The Master Plan, Pringle reveals how Ahenerbe and the Holocaust are connected, and how Nazi scholars sometimes went to absurd extremes in their efforts to provide archaeological records to serve political purposes. Prior to Pringle's book, the main public awareness in North America of Ahenerbe's mandate was derived from Stephen Spielberg's adventure thriller, Raiders of the Lost Ark, a movie in which Nazi scholars search of ancient artifacts for the greater glory of the Third Reich.

Born in Edmonton on December 8, 1952, Pringle is the daughter of a professional hockey player. She received her M.A. in English literature from the University of British Columbia in 1976 after attending the University of Alberta. She has flown in a F-18 fighter jet and traveled extensively, through the remote islands of Tonga and also in the Peruvian backcountry during the height of a civil war.

BOOKS:

Waterton Lakes National Park (Douglas & McIntyre, 1986)
In Search of Ancient North America (John Wiley & Sons 1996 $34.95)
The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession and the Everlasting Dead (Penguin, 2001 $35)
The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust (2006). $35 0-670-04464-6

[BCBW 2006] "Science" "Archaeology"