The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist


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


Latin is all around us. Not just in inscriptions in churches and on monuments, but in our English phrases and even in the words we use all the time. As … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment


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


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

Where in the Ancient World advent calendar with the Muddy Archaeologist.

Monday 17th December: Today’s challenge – where is this ancient site? Lots of photos today – just so much to see here! If you know the date, all the better! … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Where in the Ancient World advent calendar with the Muddy Archaeologist.

Sunday 16th December: Today’s challenge – where is this ancient site ? Here’s a clue, these images are from several ancient sites on a single island. If you know the … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · Leave a comment