The Muddy Archaeologist's Blog

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

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. 

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June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Megalithic Malta : Prehistoric but far from Primitive

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.

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sicily: A Jewel of the Roman Empire

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

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sicily: A Golden Classical Age

Ever since the first Greek settlers landed at Naxos in c.735 BC, 500 miles west of Athens, Sicily had considered itself as Greek as that great polis.  When Athens celebrated her … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sicily – Land of the Phoenicians

A holiday in Sicily is a time-travelling adventure.  So many civilisations have settled here over the millennia. One of the earliest peoples to berth their ships here were the Phoenicians. They were traders extraordinaire

March 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Goodnight, Ness of Brodgar

ORKNEY in August As the archaeologists put the Ness of Brodgar to bed for the season, Orkney has wallowed in sunshine. At least it did yesterday. This gave us a … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

TOUR GREECE & CRUISE THE AEGEAN with The Muddy Archaeologist in 2018 and get a free talk to a Society/group of your choice.

Ever wanted to travel the greatest sites in Greece and sail around Aegean with your very own friendly, tame archaeologist and ancient historian? This is your chance – Gillian Hovell, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

5,000 year old Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle perches high in the Lake District in Britain. The circle was built c. 3,000 BC in the Neolithic.  It was the time of the early farmers in this area, … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

MINOAN CRETE – A VIRTUAL TOUR

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