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Some of the most popular Muddy Archaeologist talks are:

  • A Mediterranean Tour – Not Just  a Load of Old Stones    Getting to grips with ALL the ancient civilisations and identifying their distinctive art and place and time.
  • A Muddy History of Britain – A Local View   The archaeology of Britain seen through the big famous sites and your own sites near you
  • Digging Deeper in Pompeii with the Muddy Archaeologist 
  • Latin Yesterday, Today & Forever  How and why Latin remained part of our lives through the centuries and today)
  • Roman Britain: What did the Romans Ever do for Us?
  • Pompeii – A Fresh Look at Frescoes  Revel in the colour and themes of beautiful wall paintings and what they tell us about Roman life and aspirations.
  • Pompeii – A Product of its Time   How an ordinary town like Pompeii is a window onto the world of the Roman Empire.
  • A selection of talks on enjoying archaeological destinations & sites including Neolithic Orkney & Shetland, Megalithic Malta, the Mycenaean World, Minoan Crete, Ancient Cyprus, Ancient Sicily, the Brave New World of Ancient Greece, Hadrian’s Wall, Pompeii & related sites, Romans across their Empire, the Romans in your area,  and many others.  View a recent talk on the archaeology of Jarlshof, Shetland here.
  • Talks also available on specialist themes: ancient gardens & plants; animals in the ancient world; classical literature & authors (an overview guide or focus on any one, such as Homer, Greek playwrights, Pliny, Cicero, Ovid, Virgil, Horace, Catullus, Suetonius, Vitruvius …); Greek & Roman mythology; ancient philosophy – How the Romans Saw the World; art; architecture; Latin inscriptions; Sailing the Wine Dark Sea, and more.

Contact me to arrange a talk for your society   Tel. 07860 637301
For more details please email

Of course, I would look forward very much to seeing you at any of the public talks below.   If any are anywhere near your area and you’d like me to speak to a society or organisation near you while I’m there, please contact me.
And don’t forget, if you’re in North Yorkshire, there are a wealth of courses to join in with too!  I’m also happy to travel to deliver a course near you:  one-day, weekend, one-week options.

Public Talks by The Muddy Archaeologist in 2018-2020

Book now to arrange a talk by the Muddy Archaeologist 

Tuesday 6th March 2018 :  The British Museum
1.15-2pm Gallery Talk :   Connections: The Ancient Greeks & their Place in the Mediterranean
Part of the BBC Civilisations Festivals
Creating a sense of time and place, providing the bigger picture of a vibrant ancient world – how the cultures we’re looking at were not isolated; the ancient Mediterranean was seething with different cultures that collided and connected, living in the shadow of some and experiencing direct exchange of ideas from others.
NO Booking Required – Just turn up!    Other BM talks to follow in Autumn/Winter 2018/19

July 2018 : ADFAS Australia Lecture Tour
Fleurieu – Adelaide – Geelong – Melbourne – Canberra – Molonglo Plains – Murray River – Ku-ring-gai
Click here ADFAS Lecture Tour flier  for the FULL DETAILS of dates, venues & times, & contact details

Autumn/Winter 2018 will include events at the British Museum (dates tbc), as well as:

Saturday 8th September 2018Airedale & Wharfedale Association
Voluntary association of National Trust members: new members welcome

Tuesday 30th October Hull Literary & Philosophical Society
What did the Romans ever really do for Us?

Monday 12th November 2018 :    Osbaldwick & Murton WI
New members welcome

The Muddy Archaeologist will be speaking at the following Arts Societies
Open to members and guest visitors
Gillian Hovell is an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer

Vast and varied Arts Society Portfolio of Talks and Study Days available here

6 November     Grantham & District
19 November   Ealing
21 November   Liverpool
5 December    Claremont Arts Society, Esher
12 December   Appleby in Westorland
13 December   Painswick
21 December   Oundle

19 January        Welwyn Garden City
7 March              Gainsborough & District
13 March            Totnes, followed by evening talk in Plymouth
28 November   Oakham
10 December   Chester
11 December   Burghley, Stamford
12 December   Macclesfield

14 January         Alton
8 December     Diss

Book NOW to arrange a talk by the Muddy Archaeologist!