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An archaeologist’s view of the archaeology of building and architecture in the ancient world, especially prehistoric Southern England, 2000BC ~500AD
Reversing Engineering Oxen
2021-04-28 02:23
One Sunday, in hole under a road in Colchester, a lad on community service cautiously removed the gravelled surface of a Roman Street, to reveal a layer of yellow sand.  With great care… Read More
Who Shot British Prehistory In The Head?
2021-04-14 21:13
If Academic Archaeology has become a bastion of science denial, who is to blame?I realised British Archaeology was unwell, when I attended TAG 90, where the psychosis was already becoming ev… Read More
2021-03-26 07:29
 Found Down The Back of a Digital Sofa.            Just to avoid confusion and to let off steam under the pressure of lock down I have created a new b… Read More
2021-02-22 08:14
1. Context.In the precious post I was quite hard, if not downright disrespectful about some of strange conceptions about how cavalry horses might be stabled. So it’s time to put some c… Read More
2021-02-01 03:19
Hadrian's Wall was an elaborate frontier system designed by the Emperor with stone built forts linked by a continuous wall  and serviced by road with naval bases at either end, at least… Read More
I Aten't Dead  . .
2019-12-09 21:10
i aten't dead [1]Many, many thanks to Mr Tobias Page and his team at the Freeman Hospital for saving my life, and all in Ward 2 who were responsible for my recovery.  For the record I a… Read More
Virtual Archaeology Quiz With Real Prize
2017-01-14 21:38
What is the first thing you would teach an archaeologist?After 150 page views with no guesses - and as a tacit acknowledgement of this venal and wicked world -  I am raising t… Read More
2016 - Review Of The Year
2017-01-02 08:53
One of basic principles that always governed my professional practice in commercial world was “Always do what you say you are going to do”, if everyone sticks to this, then even… Read More
Hadrian's News In Brief
2016-12-04 00:06
Any archaeologist will tell you that dealing with press is always fun; you may get all the right words—but not necessarily in the right order, so I am reasonably happy with results of… Read More
Virtual Archaeology; A Roman Timber Rampart
2016-11-05 12:56
The need to illustrate recent speaking engagements, has necessitated the revisiting a virtual model of the Roman timber rampart based on foundations found at Shields Road, Byker, which a rea… Read More
An Irish Mystery
2016-10-11 16:42
Over the years, all sort of interesting sites have turned up in my inbox from correspondents seeking my opinion on what they have found.  This has included a potential biblical site in… Read More
De-turfing The Wall At Greenhead
2016-09-30 23:27
A Date for the DiaryOn Wednesday, 26th October, at 6.30pm. I have been very kindly invited by Greenhead Local History Group to give talk on the Wall as described below.PRESS RELEASEThe Green… Read More
Reading The Wall
2016-07-12 23:54
Conference; Reading the Wall; Newcastle University; 15/6/16 – 17/6/16.The Turf Wall and the Vallum: Linguistic Dislocation on Hadrian’s Wall; Geoff Carter.Abstract;  Ab… Read More
Reverse Engineering The Past
2016-04-26 21:26
It is spring, the swallows have returned to the farm, so it is time for a mission statement, or an explanation what after 8 years on the internet Theoretical Structural Archaeology is all ab… Read More
2016-02-24 08:52
The Vallum is one of the largest earthworks in the world, part of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site, and yet is seldom discussed, perhaps because while its interpretation may work on paper… Read More
2016-01-20 01:33
Ditched Enclosures in Neolithic EuropeI have to thank Víctor Jiménez Jáimez for raising me from the deep sepulchral gloom of my seasonal torpidity, to bring you news of… Read More
Deconstructing A  Stonehenge
2015-09-29 16:59
A game of blind house detectiveWhen a reader contacted me to ask my opinion on a reconstruction that was referred to as “the Stonehenge House”, I saw an interesting opportun… Read More
2015-09-29 16:57
Recent events in the Middle East, or rather several millennia of tragedy in the area, has highlighted the issues of Gods, and the problems they cause, so should archaeologists… Read More
2015-07-18 23:49
A game of blind house detectiveWhen a reader contacted me to ask my opinion on a reconstruction that was referred to as “the Stonehenge House”, I saw an interesting opportun… Read More
2015-04-30 15:38
I have been blogging about the archaeology of structures for nearly 7 years, during which Google tells me I have a little over half a million page views; some of this self-selecting audience… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Over at Doug’s Archaeology Blog the final question for next month’s #blogarch SAA session on blogging is where are you going with blogging or would you it like to go? While… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
One of the first things you learn as an archaeologist is that “History” is the study of specialist artefacts involving writing and other forms of recording, and that “Prehi… Read More

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