Join me, The Muddy Archaeologist,
and explore the Neolithic World of Stonehenge
in three LIVE richly illustrated online talks.

Discover what Stonehenge was all about and explore life 5,000 years ago: this was the age of the First Farmers, an energetic and visionary new way of life, full of art, technology, new social ways and connections near and far.
You'll never see Neolithic sites the same way again!

This series of lectures has been lovingly created to enhance and complement the British Museum's World of Stonehenge exhibition.

Whether you have visited the exhibition, will do or won't be going to it, this course changes your view of the Neolithic World and Stonehenge's place in it and in our ancient past.

While the exhibition revels in the gorgeous finds and art from around Neolithic Britain and Europe, this course takes you further.

Come with me and see how Stonehenge began and developed over more than 1,000 years.

Join me as we explore what the Neolithic was all about - it's so much more than a Stone Age; it's art, creativity, community and connections.

Then find out how to explore the sites of Neolithic Britain.  Learn how to really understand what you're visiting and to feel the millennia simply fade away!

This course is sumptuously illustrated with truly beautiful images that capture the atmosphere and essence of these remarkable sites and remains.

-  Whether you are a professor or a Time Team fan, a student or a complete novice, an archaeologist or studying for general interest ...

-  Whether you spend much of your life on Orkney or have never (yet) visited these islands where 'if you scratch the surface, it bleeds archaeology' ...

-  If you want to transform your view of our ancient past ...

Then this series of LIVE  lectures is for YOU!

What will you learn?

-   Explore the Neolithic Age and the revolutionary effect it had on our human lives

-  Discover the types of sites and features that litter Britain

-  What to look for at such sites.

-  How to appreciate Neolithic art and artefacts

-  Enjoy a sense of place and time as we capture the essence and atmosphere of Stonehenge and the Neolithic World.

You'll be seeing the ancient world in a whole new, fresh way.

Great Value!     

Price - Great Value!

Course curriculum

Join 'The Muddy Archaeologist' on a journey
back 5,000 years to the Neolithic age of Stonehenge

Archaeology - Great Sites - Unique sites - First Farmers & Settlers

What's included?
Three LIVE one-hour richly illustrated talks

The Story of Stonehenge
The Neolithic World
Visiiting the Neolithic

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    The World of Stonehenge 3 LIVE Lectures online

    • Recording of The Neolithic World of Stonehenge lecture series: Lecture 1 - The Story of Stonehenge

    • 1 The Story of Stonehenge HANDOUT

    • Recording of The Neolithic World of Stonehenge : Lecture 2 - The Neolithic World

    • 2 The Neolithic World HANDOUT

    • 3 Visiting the Neolithic in Britain HANDOUT

    • LINK to Ness of Brodgar 3D image

    • Links to Skara Brae 3D images

    • Recording of The Neolithic World of Stonehenge 3: Visiting the Neolithic

This is your chance to experience the story of Stonehenge
and the wider Neolithic World,
guided by an expert,
an archaeologist who loves the archaeology
and adores sharing it with you!

Don't just take my word for it!

Infectious Enthusiasm

Course student

'Gillian’s infectious enthusiasm, impressive knowledge of the ancient world and ability to present her subject in a relatable way make learning thoroughly enjoyable.'

Could not have been better in any way

Course student

What did you particularly enjoy about the course? ‘Every single minute of it.  Could not have been better in any way.  Thank you so much.’

Gillian brings learning to life

Course student

Gillian brings learning to life in a way that inspires future interest

Learned more in one hour

Public Talk attendee

Learned more in one hour than I've understood in 20 years


Classical Association vote of thanks

Phenomenal. Truly inspirational - it reminds us what we're here for

Made me want to visit the locations

Course student

posted before the class will be helpful.  Her knowledge is astonishing, and her background details bring it all alive. The 2 classes have been hugely enjoyable, and now I know where to start to find out more. Thanks for a great introduction.' 'I had no previous knowledge but this didn't matter and I learned a lot. The tutor's knowledge was extensive, she was interesting and enthusiastic, her slides were great, beautiful and relevant and made me want to visit the locations.'

This was one of the best!


'I've done a lot of courses over the last 5-6 years and this was one of the best!   I had little previous knowledge of the topic but found this to be illuminating.  It was very clearly presented and the timeline stream of development was particularly well done.'

Gillian Hovell BA(Hons) 'The Muddy Archaeologist'

Hi, I'm Gillian Hovell, known professionally as 'The Muddy Archaeologist'.
Welcome to this thrilling series of LIVE lectures on Stonehenge

If you're looking to find out more about the astonishing site of Stonehenge, its development, the wider Neolithic world of the time and how YOU can visit the Neolithic around Britain, then you're in the right place!
For I present lively, passionate and engaging ancient history and archaeology that connects with our lives today and which bring the past vividly to life.

My life is spent lecturing nationally and internationally, and on tours and cruises of ancient sites from Orkney's Neolithic to the diverse cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean - some of you will know me from our travels in the UK and throughout the Mediterranean. I lecture on tours for Ciceroni the Smithsonian Journeys, Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) and many other UK and international companies.

And I love it. My joy is to transform your experience of destinations into ones that are not 'just a load of old stones'; I help you to connect with the civilization, discover and share our common humanity with it and enjoy and appreciate the diversity, individuality and richness of each and every culture. For I am passionate about revealing how archaeological sites and history are full of human life and passion. I love sharing the joy of ancient history in person, in books and articles, on the media and on line. I'm a prize-winning author and one of my books, Visiting the Past: Finding and Understanding Britain's Archaeology, shares with you how to explore the archaeology of the British Isles from prehistory up to the medieval age and even beyond.

After graduating in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University, I worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author.
I have led a community archaeology project in Yorkshire and I have excavated at major sites in the UK and Europe - including Orkney's remarkable Neolithic Ness of Brodgar site.

I now lecture at York University and speak at the British Museum. I share courses around the country and lecture throughout the UK and abroad for audiences that range from local societies and luncheon clubs to Classical Associations, The Arts Society, and international groups. Every event is tailored to YOU, whoever and wherever you are.
I offer you expertise, passion and a warm welcome.
Archaeology is for everyone: let me lead you on a journey into the past with knowledge, great images, and a sense of fun and enjoyment.

Adding colour and depth to our lives today by digging deep into the past.

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