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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

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

Bergen’s Stave Church & the North Sea

A remarkable stave church was our next visit.  Many years ago I visited one of these entirely wooden churches in Sognefjord, further north in Norway; we even attended the Sunday service in … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bergen, Norway & Grieg

On leaving Shetland, we headed to Norway, across the North Sea.   This journey was quite surreal – hardly a ripple to seen or felt.  I couldn’t help but consider that, … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jarlshof: Archaeological Jewel of Shetland

And so, onwards in our catch-up cruise to the Scottish islands and beyond.  It’s almost  midsummer, and so the days are long – long enough indeed to read by daylight … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

ORKNEY : Kirkwall’s St.Magnus’ Cathedral

After spending the morning in the Neolithic at 5,000 year old Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, we headed for Kirkwall’s St. Magnus’ Cathedral.  This most northern of Britain’s cathedrals … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

NEOLITHIC ORKNEY : Ring of Brodgar

After visiting the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, we drove on, down to the totally captivating site of Ring of Brodgar.  An ancient routeway had once led the inhabitants of … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment