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Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk

Experiencing Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Fort: Location – on Hadrian’s Wall This picturesque riverside site is a green and peaceful location now.  But nearly 2,000 years ago, it was a vibrant hub of activity.  … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

DISCOVERY OF THE BONES OF A CRUCIFIED MAN

You can read here in Live Science the recent publication of a new archaeological discovery.  If this truly turns out to be the burial of a crucified man in Italy, that’s … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Voyage into the Neolithic

Cruises can take you to many destinations (all without having to keep packing and unpacking!).  But one of the great joys of such a voyage is to travel back in time.  Recent cruises (with Smithsonian Journeys) have led our guests and myself back over 5,000 years to the great prehistoric sites of Orkney and Shetland. 

June 10, 2018 · 1 Comment

Megalithic Malta : Prehistoric but far from Primitive

If the Neolithic (New Stone Age) seems remote, primitive and ‘Just a load of old stones’, take a visit to Malta.   Here you can go back in time over 5,000 years; the remains of amazing temples and figurines and artefacts that folk left behind here are sophisticated and imaginative.

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sicily: A Jewel of the Roman Empire

Cicero, the great orator of Rome, called Sicily ‘the first jewel in our imperial crown, the first place to be called a province.’  And what a bright and shining jewel … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sicily: A Golden Classical Age

Ever since the first Greek settlers landed at Naxos in c.735 BC, 500 miles west of Athens, Sicily had considered itself as Greek as that great polis.  When Athens celebrated her … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sicily – Land of the Phoenicians

A holiday in Sicily is a time-travelling adventure.  So many civilisations have settled here over the millennia. One of the earliest peoples to berth their ships here were the Phoenicians. They were traders extraordinaire

March 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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