The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist

Neanderthals ‘did’ art

Reported just a day ago  (See here) : our ancient cousins created art. This is BIG. Archaeologists have always believed the evidence that no early humans created art before Homo … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

io Saturnalia! Happy Christmas, the Roman Way

As I wish you all a very merry Christmas, it seems a good time to unwrap some of our festive traditions. While indoor Christmas trees and the sending of Christmas … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ancient History & Archaeology Courses 2018 in North Yorkshire

Come and join our Winter warming ancient history and archaeology courses in January 2018 with ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’

December 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Radio 4 presented by Horace – ‘I SHALL NOT WHOLLY DIE’ Horace Lives On on the anniversary of his death in 8 BC

Monday November 27th 2017 will be a momentous date. 2,025 years ago on this date in 8 BC a great poet died. Horace – or Horatius Flaccus to his contemporaries … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Last Minute Chance to Sail the Aegean

Ever wanted to sail the Aegean?  Or travel across the seas as well as across time with the Muddy Archaeologist as your lecturer. Now is your chance – several cabins … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

British Museum Scythian Exhibition

It’s begun! The Scythians at the British Museum is this winter’s ‘Must See’ exhibition. These fantastic tattooed horseback archers and axe-wielding warriors occupied all of Central Asia, from Siberian tundra … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Goodnight, Ness of Brodgar

ORKNEY in August As the archaeologists put the Ness of Brodgar to bed for the season, Orkney has wallowed in sunshine. At least it did yesterday. This gave us a … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

TOUR GREECE & CRUISE THE AEGEAN with The Muddy Archaeologist in 2018 and get a free talk to a Society/group of your choice.

Ever wanted to travel the greatest sites in Greece and sail around Aegean with your very own friendly, tame archaeologist and ancient historian? This is your chance – Gillian Hovell, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

5,000 year old Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle perches high in the Lake District in Britain. The circle was built c. 3,000 BC in the Neolithic.  It was the time of the early farmers in this area, … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment


Ancient, Minoan Crete. It’s three and a half thousand years old. It’s full of riches. And it’s full of fuel for the imagination.

June 17, 2017 · 2 Comments