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  • Adding Colour & Depth to our Modern Lives by Digging Deeper into ancient cultures through Archaeology & Ancient History around us.  Archaeology, ancient literature, even Latin itself.
  • Discover Art & Design’s Common Humanity from Ages past

Also:  Motivational & Inspirational Talks that provide timeless yet ever new concepts:

  • Timeless, Ancient Roots of Everything.  From Gardens to Businesses & Professions, from Genres to Leadership, and from Why We Travel to Design & Creativity.
  • Finding the New in a World where Nothing is New
  • Tapping into Personal & Professional Eternal Aspirations & Inspiration

See below for a selection of dates of upcoming Muddy Archaeologist talks  (Check out COURSES page for many more ways to connect with the ancient world with me).

  • 11 Jan The Arts Society, Honiton What did the Greeks & Romans ever do for Art?
  • 13 Jan CICERONI Travel webinar on Midwinter Solstice
  • 25 Jan York Arts Society Classical Art & the Perception of Beauty
  • 12 April The Arts Society, Halifax At Home with the Romans: the Iconic Roman Villa

A wide-ranging Range of Lectures and Courses  is available

A dedicated Arts Lecture Portfolio  is also available  (Gillian is an accredited lecturer of the Arts Society)

NEW FOR 2022 Study days:

Tutankhamun’s World:  Egypt Rising from the Sands Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Carter’s great discovery of ‘Wonderful things’ with this Full or Half Day Study Day.  Explore the astonished world of Tutankhamun and his treasures.  The World of Tutankhamun synopsis 

The World of Stonehenge  What we know/think we know about the site, then explore the vibrant Neolithic world of the first farmers and their time; finally, we explore Neolithic sites and learn what to look for when we’re out and about.

The Complete Pompeii.    Ever popular day. Join me, an archaeologist who has excavated on a Pompeian site, for a full or half day exploring the wonders of life in this ancient city 2,000 years ago.  Complete Pompeii Synopsis

Ancient Roots: Classical Stories growing in your Garden  Uproot the myths and uses of plants 2,000 years ago, and discover the ancient roots of our modern gardens today 

Some of the most popular Muddy Archaeologist talks are:

    • Complete Pompeii  Full Study Day  Find out how to truly enter the world of the Romans at Pompeii.
    • 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:
    • Your Profession
    • Animals in the ancient world – myths, uses, folklore, rich images …
      Options include: Bee-keeping; Birds; Pets; Sea Life;
      Plus: Latin Names Brought to Life
    • 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;
    • 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  2022

Mon 31 Jan 2022  for 3 Monday evenings  The World of Stonehenge Rossett School Adult Learning, Harrogate

Sat 5 & 12 Feb 2022  Nothing New under the Sun: Roman Satire York University CLL

Weds 16 Feb 2022  The Complete Pompeii   Study Day  Dorking Arts Society, 

Weds 23 Feb 2022    The Complete Pompeii   Study Day  Cotswolds Arts Society, Burford

Weds 2 March 2022 for 3 Wednesday evenings Tutankhamun: Egypt Rising from the Ashes   Rossett School Adult Learning, Harrogate

Thurs 3 & 4 March 2022  The World of Stonehenge  CICERONI Travel Online

Sat 5 March 2022  Virgil’s Aeneid; Epic Insight into Augustan Rome  York University CLL  (postponed to Autumn term)

Weds 8 March 2022  Ancient RootsClassical Stories growing in your Garden  Study Day Woodbridge Arts Society

Tues 12 April 2022  The Iconic Roman Villa   Halifax Arts Society

Mon 25 April  The Perception of Beauty: Greek & Roman Art & their Legacy  Study day, High Wycombe Arts Society

Mon 11 July – Fri 15 July     Latin Yesterday, Today & For Ever    mornings, Marlborough College Summer School

Mon 11 July – Fri 15 July  Archaeology of Roman Britain  afternoons, Marlborough College Summer School

Mon 18 July – Fri 22 July  Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain  mornings, Marlborough College Summer School

Mon 18 July – Fri 22 July  Classical Literature: Meeting the Ancient Authors,  afternoons,  Marlborough College Summer School

Mon 25 July – Fri 29 July  Classical Mythology & Ovid’s Metamosphoses: Lands of Myths & Legends  mornings, Marlborough College Summer School

Weds 27 July 2022  Egypt Rising from the Sands : The Centenary of Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb  Evening talk, Marlborough College Summer School

Tues 6 Sept 2022  Pompeii: Digging Deeper with The Muddy Archaeologist  Needwood Arts Society

Tues 13 Sept  2022 Wealdon Arts Society

Monday 19 Sept 2022  Darlington Lecture Association

Weds 21 Sept Leeds Arts Society

Tues 8 Nov 2022    Mallorca Arts Society

Weds 16 Nov 2022  Wetherby Lunch

Weds 23 Nov  Stafford Arts Society

Thurs 8 Dec 2022  Tarpoley Arts Society

Tues 13 Dec 2022   Surrey Hills Arts Society

Thurs 15 Dec 2022  Arts Society


Mon 16 Jan 2023   Wirral Arts Society

Mon 23 Jan 2023   Chipping Sodbury Arts Society

Weds 25 Jan 2023   Kingsbridge Arts Society

Tues 7 Feb 2023   West Suffolk Arts Society

Fri 24 Feb 2023   Bearsted Historical Society

October 2023   ADFAS lecture Tour

November 2023  NZADFAS lecture tour

Tues 5 Dec 2023  Southport Arts Society

Thurs 7 Dec 2023  Penzance Arts Society

Fri 8 Dec 2023  Falmouth Arts Society

Tues 12 Dec 2023 Farnham Arts Society

Book now to a talk by the Muddy Archaeologist 

Gillian Hovell is an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer

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