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Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist

Diocletian’s Palace, Split

I am delighted to be here, in Split in Croatia, visiting Diocletian’s retirement palace as part of our Voyages to Antiquity ‘Muddy Archaeologist’ cruise. The Emperor Diocletian retired (a rare … Continue reading

October 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Virgil’s Aeneid and Drama on Radio 4 Extra

Radio 4 Extra special: The aeneid If you missed this you can still catch it on BBC radio iplayer. To even consider what we would have lost if Virgil’s wishes had … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Be inspired! Classical Ways to add fresh dimensions to your work!

Whatever you do for a living, your productivity and your well-being are boosted by motivation, good working relations and conditions; but inspiration adds fire and energy that makes work so … Continue reading

September 5, 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

Let us remember … 100 years on

The Battle of the Somme. 1st July 1916.  And months afterwards. Sombre memories of a battle we must never forget. 100 years on, let this be a reminder to us … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

History et cetera

A marvellous new on-line video venture has begun! The renowned Ancient History Encyclopedia website has teamed up with Past Preservers to create a stunning new resource for the Ancient World.  … Continue reading

June 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