The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

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

A Sense of Place: MEANDERING THROUGH MINOAN KNOSSOS

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.

December 1, 2020 · 5 Comments

A Sense of Place WALKING THROUGH ANCIENT MYCENAE

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.

April 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

A Sense of Place: A Virtual Walk through Troy

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.

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Troy Myth or Reality: An Eternal Epic

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

November 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

Where you are matters, and always has …

Cultures are changed by the resources they have available.    Whatever journey you make, wherever you go, you can, at a glance, see the materials that people have been able to … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Visiting Ancient Relatives

While in the Natural History Museum in London for some work/networking (and some fun and learning!), I’ve enjoyed a great opportunity to wallow in the early human section of the … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

ROMAN SPAIN – LIFE IN THE PROVINCES

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

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Experiencing Chesters Roman Fort

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

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

A Voyage into the Neolithic

Cruises can take you to many destinations (all without having to keep packing and unpacking!).  But one of the great joys of such a voyage is to travel back in time.  Recent cruises (with Smithsonian Journeys) have led our guests and myself back over 5,000 years to the great prehistoric sites of Orkney and Shetland. 

June 10, 2018 · 1 Comment