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Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist


Ancient, Minoan Crete. It’s three and a half thousand years old. It’s full of riches. And it’s full of fuel for the imagination.

June 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Megalithic Malta

Malta, an island at the centre of the Mediterranean. A land littered with huge megalithic temples, built 6,000 years ago. Older than Stonehenge, and more ancient than the pyramids of Egypt.

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment


So a second mine at Grimes Graves has been opened up to the public. To descend into the Neolithic mine requires you to climb down a 12m (40 ft) metal … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

IRON AGE GOLD TORCS FIND What’s the Fuss About?

The discovery of three marvellous gold torcs (twisted collars) and a bracelet found in Staffordshire have hit the news today (28th Feb 2017).  They have been dated to about 2,500 … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Travel to the Past this Spring!

Go on, treat yourself!  Come and experience a vibrant dose of the ancient world this Spring! Escape all the modern news and instead explore what really makes us tick; read … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Living by Design in Ancient Rome – New Course

NEW COURSE FOR THE NEW YEAR! Join us this coming term as we explore the ancient world in a fresh engaging course, Roman Living by Design: Vitruvian Man in Ancient Rome. … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christmas Offer from the Muddy Archaeologist: Free Talks!

Free Talk from the Muddy Archaeologist – a reward simply for treating yourself and your friends in 2017!

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Roman Ruins – study day

Delighted to be leading the study day at the WI’s marvellous Denman College in Oxford today. It’s a crisp, blue sky day here. Just glorious, in a beautiful setting with … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Autumn Treats from The Muddy Archaeologist

 The Muddy Archaeologist  –   Gillian Hovell BA (Hons) Newsflash with all the latest events, news and offers  Digging Deep into History to bring colour, depth and meaning to life today … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment


CATTERICK OPEN DAY today has been fascinating.  If you’ve missed today’s, keep a look out for their next (and final?) one in October. Because what they’ve found along the A1 … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 3 Comments