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Gillian Hovell

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‘The Muddy Archaeologist’

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for Gillian Hovell,

independent freelance

Writer & Speaker,

historian and archaeologist


‘Visiting the Past Tours’

is the trading name of

Visiting the Past Ltd

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212 Woodfield Rd


North Yorkshire

HG1 4JF  

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Bringing Colour, Depth and Meaning to Life today

by Digging Deep into History


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Let’s discuss what I can do for you

Archaeology  -  Ancient History  -  Latin


Books -  Articles - TV & Radio -  Interviews - Resources



Email me      Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301

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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 and its relationship and impact on our modern lives.

On archaeology and related issues,  

and on Latin, its amazing journey into the 21st century, and its connection to literacy

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 - especially the Romans - are always hot topics for audiences!  It fits every genre (after all, they covered every genre themselves).

Archaeology - keen to discuss filling the void left by Time Team, and there’s so much potential for more - one-offs, mini-series, formats ...

Latin  - Word games, quizzes, documentaries ... It can be as fun or as serious as you want.

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

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


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



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






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

Click below to explore the Muddy Archaeologist’s growing 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 relevant and engaging item for your readers, listeners or viewers?

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

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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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


A History of the Mediterranean - work in progress



Contact me by email or tel. 01423 203516  Mob 07860 637301 to discuss publishing further books

and related work




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Ex-BBC Staff  (Media experience in TV & Radio)

Professional, independent public speaker  diverse audiences, locally, nationally and on tour

10 years’ writing experience  Published author of books & for varied magazines inc. regular contributions

Award-winning  writer  (British Library/RHS International Writing Competition)

11 years’ experience hands-on in the fields of community archaeology  - leading, informing and sharing with the community and beyond.

Latin & Ancient History BA(Hons)

Independent lecturer of courses in Ancient History & Latin for 14 years

Commissioned Lecturer on cruises & tours (UK & the Mediterranean) for companies (eg. Voyages to Antiquity, Saga ...) & director/lecturer/guide of own archaeological tour company, Visiting the Past.


Creating and presenting work on-time, accurately, professionally, courteously.  

Passionate & enthusiastic, lively and engaging history with seriousness and humour, and to a high professional standard


Dedicated to sharing archaeology, ancient history & Latin in person, in the written and spoken word, on film, on line and in the field.


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


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