Island hopping around Greece, volume 1: Mykonos, Delos, and Tinos
Archaeology / History / Travel

Island hopping around Greece, volume 1: Mykonos, Delos, and Tinos

For the next few months —and thanks to the generosity of my funding body— I’m on a Greek Odyssey. As part of my PhD fieldwork, I’m visiting the archaeological sites and museum collections from some of the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Northern Aegean islands. These groups of islands comprise some of 6000 islands in the middle … Continue reading

Review: Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne
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Review: Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne

When I’ve not been busy visiting Christmas markets, eating Currywurst, or wearing Lederhosen, I’ve been using my weekends in the Rhine-Ruhr region to do a bit of sightseeing. Although you might not expect it from the heart of industrial Germany, there’s certainly plenty on offer here for the ancient historian or archaeologist. Bonn’s LVR-LandesMuseum, for … Continue reading

Review: Archaeological Museum of Thebes
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Review: Archaeological Museum of Thebes

Reporting live from the trowel’s edge… For the next six weeks, Ricarda and I are sweating it out in the middle of the Greek countryside, all in the service of academic discovery and for the advancement of human knowledge. We’re part of a team excavating a Mycenaean chamber tomb in Boeotia, a synergasia (collaboration) project … Continue reading

The Lion King – from Rome to Stratford-upon-Avon
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The Lion King – from Rome to Stratford-upon-Avon

Thatched roofs, cream teas, sonnets and soliloquies: Stratford-upon-Avon really is a wonderful pocket of Englishness nestled in the West Midlands. One could do much worse than to break away from the helta-skelta-of-wherever and pay a quick visit, as do 2.5 million people every year – and as I did for a weekend as my ‘summer … Continue reading

When in Rome: a classicist’s guide to combining historical and culinary culture
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When in Rome: a classicist’s guide to combining historical and culinary culture

Classicists visiting Rome are faced with a barrage of different guides, maps and plans of the city and its classical sites (Amanda Claridge’s Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide comes particularly recommended). Whilst wandering the city I have, however, come to realise that what many of these guides lack is advice on how to combine your … Continue reading

Where have all the tourists gone?
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Where have all the tourists gone?

According to the Culture and Tourism Provincial Directorate, the site of Ancient Ephesus welcomed nearly 2 million visitors in 2013. That’s around two thirds of the total visitor population to archaeological and heritage sites in the whole İzmir region: around the same number of people who visit the Athenian Acropolis or Pomepii per annum, and … Continue reading