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Gillian Hovell

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Accredited Lecturer


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The Society of Authors


Copyright © Gillian Hovell



‘The Muddy Archaeologist’

is an identifying title

for Gillian Hovell,

independent freelance

Writer & Speaker,

historian and archaeologist


‘Visiting the Past Tours’

is the trading name of

Visiting the Past Ltd

 Registered Address:

212 Woodfield Rd


North Yorkshire

HG1 4JF  

Company No: 08315220

In association with


With thanks to

Bringing Colour, Depth and Meaning to Life today

by Digging Deep into History


“The Muddy Archaeologist is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [The Muddy Archaeologist (].”


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Richly illustrated   -  lively  -  interactive   -  friendly & sociable  -  eye-opening

Sessions are usually 2 hours with a refreshment break.


10 weeks £110 per person  (ie. £11per session per person)

(Brackets) denote number of weeks per course.


‘Meet the Authors’  Classical Literature (10)   

Ancient History of the Mediterranean  - journey through the civilisations (10)

Roman Britain (10)

Illustrated History of Rome from the Foundation to the Fall (10)

Greek and Roman Art & Artefacts:  (16) (2 terms)

Mythology : An Introduction (6)

Ovid Metamorphoses  - 15 books (17)  (2 terms)

Pliny the Elder  Natural History 39 Books  (10 +/ 15)

Curriculum vitae:  The Life of a Roman from birth to death and beyond  (10)


Excellent for local courses & society/group courses.    Several courses are ongoing.

Contact me to start up or join a courses at a venue near YOU!


A rich portfolio of varied illustrated talks is available.

Click here for an additional list of talks specialising on ancient art.

Ex-BBC, I can promise you a professional, lively, engaging talk for your audience.Reliable, providing quality and history with humour as well as an accurate narrative and thought-provoking insight.  


Including all aspects of Prehistory, Greek & Roman history

Talks linked to my books:

  A Muddy History of Britain - A Local View (Visiting the Past: Finding and Understanding Britain’s Archaeology)

 What Did the Romans Ever Really do for Us?  (Roman Britain, Crimson Publishing);  

 A Mediterranean Tour - Not Just a Load of Old Stones (publication due 2016)

Also, Art, Archaeological evidence (and how to understand and interpret it),

the personalities,  What life was really like ...  And more

Talks also available on Archaeology and Latin.

Contact me by email or Tel. 012423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301 to discuss topic, dates & fees





Booking now for 2015 and 2016


Click here for a full leaflet of available NADFAS talks.  They include Pompeii, its stunning frescoes, Roman villas, gods, their concept of beauty, the Ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean, Prehistoric art ... and many more.


Study Days available, exploring a wide variety of aspects of Greek and Roman art and how they still nfluence us today.


Trips and multi-day Tours can be arranged in the UK and Europe


Contact me by email or tel. 01423 203516  Mob 07860 637301 to discuss your requirements, dates and fees.



Visiting the Past: Finding and Understanding Britain’s Archaeology


Roman Britain    A glossy pocket guide


Latin Yesterday, Today and For Ever  traces the rise of Rome and its effect on future millennia

Publication to be announced


A History of the Mediterranean - work in progress


Signed copies available direct from the author via the website shop

and through all the usual channels of good bookshops and the internet ...


Contact me by email or tel. 01423 203516  Mob 07860 637301 to order copieses.





Long or short articles, or sound-bites, I can supply you with a wide range of writing styles, for both adults or for children.  

10 years’ writing experience, academically robust  -  both scholarly, or light ‘popular’ pieces

General or very specific articles on virtually any area of Prehistory, Greek or Roman history.  

Topical items relating to ancient or modern life (there isn’t ANY area of modern life I can’t provide an ancient slant on!)

Travel and tourist pieces, serious, humorous, personal and straight facts ...

Contact me by email to discuss your requirements, deadlines and fees.

or Tel. 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301





Ancient History - Prehistory, the Ancient Greeks and the Romans - are always hot topics for audiences!

Please contact me to discuss how I can contribute to your local or national programme or series.



Ancient history fits every genre (after all, they covered every genre themselves).

Documentary, quiz, quirky, interview, an alternative take on modern issues ...

  Ancient history can be highly visual (aided by my archaeological background, activities and experience).  Great sites and landscapes too.

and Ancient History is very engaging, relevant and often very moving - after all, ancient history is all about people living their human lives, with their hopes and dreams, schemes and fears  ....

Contact me by email to discuss your concepts, requirements, schedule and rates.

Tel. 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301






Prehistory  -  the Greeks  -   Romans

UK - Europe -The Mediterranean

Cruises & Tours -  Courses & Classes  -  Talks / NADFAS

Study Days & Trips  -   Books -  Articles

TV & Radio  -  Interviews  -  Resources - For Schools


Always reliable, professional, lively and relevant

Email me      Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301




On board the Aegean Odyssey with Smithsonian Journeys in 2015


‘The Muddy Archaeologist’ is also the archaeology host for the following

Saga Special Interest Archaeological Holidays

Ancient Wessex  29th June - 3rd July 2015

Pompeii  30th Sept - 7th October 2015

Pompeii  7-14th October 2015

Tunisia  20th-29th October 2015



Visiting the Past Tours -2015 Holidays now available!

Prehistoric Orkney & Shetland  -  Prehistoric Ireland (3 tours)

Pompeii & Herculaneum

Hadrian’s Wall   - Roman Sacred Springs & Spas - Roman York

We can take you and your society/group on a thrilling and engrossing narrative that lasts for a couple or days or up to 10 days or more.  Archaeological sites, visits to ongoing digs, evening lectures/briefings, illustrated handouts ... It’s not just a guided tour, it’s a visit into the past!Prehistory, Greek, Roman - it’s all out there!


Contact me to arrange a day trip for your group/society to ancient sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda, Bath, a Roman villa or two, prehistoric sites  ... and maybe their related museums too,

Or to have a guided tour of the dawn of Western Civilisation as we travel through the Greek and Roman galleries.  11/11.30am - 5pm, allows for arrival & return by train from many locations in England.

or Tel. 012423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301for details



Medieval, Monastic, Knights Hospitallers .... Many specialisms catered for.

Contact me to discuss options

Gillian  Hovell is a director of Hovell & Dent Ltd, trading as Visiting the Past Tours.

Other Muddy archaeologist activities are independent, freelance status.














Enjoy a day of varied sessions

giving you the context, the ‘big picture’ and the close up detail of any topic of Ancient History.

Archaeology and Latin Study Days and Trips available too.


Please contact me (email or phone 01423 203516 / 07860 637301) to discuss your requirements, budget and a range of options.






Learned more in one hour than

I’ve understood in

20 years’


‘Marvellously entertaining as ever’


‘Very accessible & enjoyable’


‘Great enthusiasm’










We all need a helping hand to get a grip on the vast range and depth of Ancient History.

Click below to explore the growing Muddy Archaeologist’s Resources Pages on

Prehistory and on Classical Civilisations:


Books (ancient and modern)

TV, Film & Radio sources of information

Useful websites

Archaeological sites

Recent Discoveries & News





Add a passionate voice and a lively face to your story.  

Looking for someone to comment on topical issues?

Or to make that ancient tale or archaeological story into a relelvant and engaging item for your readers, listeners or viewers?

The Muddy Archaeologist can promise you energy and enthusiasm, as well as experience and professionalism.

Contact me by email to discuss your requirements, schedule and fees.

 Or Tel. 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301  to have a chat





Cruises & Tours -  Courses & Classes  -  Talks / NADFAS

Study Days & Trips  -   Books -  Articles

TV & Radio  -  Interviews  


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Ancient History is a vital part of our curriculum - The Stone Age and the Romans especially ...

Its study develops a sense of chronology, cause & effect, powers of reasoning and lateral thinking, imagination, detective work, resource use, art and presentation skills ...

KS2, KS3 & KS4

Contact me by email  or phone Tel. 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301

To discuss how I can help your pupils gain a new dynamic to their education



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