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

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

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

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