The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist

History et cetera

A marvellous new on-line video venture has begun! The renowned Ancient History Encyclopedia website has teamed up with Past Preservers to create a stunning new resource for the Ancient World.  … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bergen’s Stave Church & the North Sea

A remarkable stave church was our next visit.  Many years ago I visited one of these entirely wooden churches in Sognefjord, further north in Norway; we even attended the Sunday service in … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bergen, Norway & Grieg

On leaving Shetland, we headed to Norway, across the North Sea.   This journey was quite surreal – hardly a ripple to seen or felt.  I couldn’t help but consider that, … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jarlshof: Archaeological Jewel of Shetland

And so, onwards in our catch-up cruise to the Scottish islands and beyond.  It’s almost  midsummer, and so the days are long – long enough indeed to read by daylight … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

ORKNEY : Kirkwall’s St.Magnus’ Cathedral

After spending the morning in the Neolithic at 5,000 year old Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, we headed for Kirkwall’s St. Magnus’ Cathedral.  This most northern of Britain’s cathedrals … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

NEOLITHIC ORKNEY : Ring of Brodgar

After visiting the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, we drove on, down to the totally captivating site of Ring of Brodgar.  An ancient routeway had once led the inhabitants of … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment


Orkney.  This is one of my favourite places on earth.  The skies are wide, the scenery peaceful and broad, and the archaeology unique and breath taking. As we sailed towards … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

ORKNEY : Neolithic Skara Brae

Orkney. One of my favourite places on the planet.  The skies are wide, the scenery broad and breath-taking and the archaeology unique and stunning.   Here you can go back … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

ISLE OF SKYE : Armadale Castle & Eilean Donun Castle

A silver sea, calm and flat, carries us to the island of Skye.  The jagged Cullin hills of Skye herald our arrival.  We’re on the seas, heading out to our … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS : Rannoch Moor & Harry Potter Train

A scenic and fun day out for our second day on our tour of the Scottish Islands and Norway.  Only a sniff at history but lots of views to set the scene … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment