The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist

Minoan Crete : Malia

  Malia was one of the great Minoan palaces.  Sited on level land on the northern shore it was unusual.  This is  no hilltop power base.  This location, with a backdrop of blue … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Historic Crete : Spinalonga Island

A change of timescale for us today.  A trip by boat across to Spinalonga Island.  This haunting tiny isle is no longer inhabited but it was the last leper colony … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Minoan Crete: Gournia

From Minoan palaces to the Minoan town of Gournia.  The ruins stretch up the hillside, the town’s streets clearly visible as they rise up to the town’s courtyard and palace … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Minoan Crete : Knossos

Here on our archaeological tour of Ancient Crete for Saga, every site is different.   After a morning in Dorian Lato and at the medieval church with its stunning frescoes at … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ancient Crete – Kritsa

What have Archaeological tours got to offer us?  Ancient stones, more ancient stones and more sites might be the general perception.  But there is so much more than that to … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 1 Comment


Moving on from Minoan Phaistos in southern Crete, our tour turned to the mountains.  High in the East of Crete there are the remains of the fortified Dorian town of Lato that … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · Leave a comment


Its location is superb.  The Minoan palace of Phaistos, high on its plateau, overlooks the greatest plain in mountainous Crete.  Fresh breezes waft across the open courtyards and once ventilated the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment


Heading down to the great Minoan palace of Phaistos, we pass the ancient city of Gortyn.  Mentioned by Homer in the Heroic Age of Trojan War times (c.1,200 BC) as … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

MINOAN CRETE : Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Here we are, at the start of an Archaeology tour of Crete for Saga.  Our first port of call, after my first lecture, was Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum.  The best collection of Minoan artefacts in the … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 1 Comment