Knossos on the Mediterranean island of Crete. Let me share with you how an archaeologist sees the site and features we discover along the way … Walk with me, as we peer into the corners and gaze at the open spaces of this Minoan palace, a place of myth and legend.
To walk in Mycenae is, therefore, to walk amongst the oldest stories we know of western literature. It was peopled by characters, with names, dramatic events took place and it was a world of warriors, power and presence.
While the world sits in Corvid-19 isolation, our wanderlust is curtailed.
It need not be this way. Let’s join in a virtual journey.
Today, we are travelling back 3,200 years to the great Trojan War, the source of the stories of Homer’s famous epics The Iliad and Odyssey. Here, we shall walk through legends, consider the adventure that is archaeology, and stroll through the ages.
British Museum’s ‘Troy: Myth and Reality’ exhibition is open. I was delighted to visit the exhibition this week and also to accompany a study day group here, and I have … Continue reading
While we may be accustomed to thinking of life on Hadrian’s Wall as the Edge of Empire, the furthest reaches of Rome’s civilisation, the back end of life lived the … Continue reading
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
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
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.
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