to your journey into the Ancient World

Join me, Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist'
as we explore great destinations, amazing history,
prehistory, stunning archaeology
and even the Latin that is all around us.

It's Fun, Friendly, Fascinating and Fact-filled!

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Whether you're a Time Team fan, student, or may be a teacher or academic or professional, then these courses are for YOU.   All courses are accessible for all and no previous experience is ever necessary.  

And if you have studied these topics before, all courses are academically sound and packed with information; they will complement your own knowledge and refresh your enthusiasm. 

If you're young or old, if you love exploring the world and our ancient history, then this is for you!


-  An expert and accessible tutor who has excavated at many internationally important sites: from Orkney's Neolithic Ness of Brodgar, to Roman Oplontis & Vindolanda and many others.   Being ex-BBC, I remain dedicated to the old mantra 'Educate, Inform and Entertain'.  Prepare to have the past brought vividly to life and to be taken on a journey that will change how you see the Ancient World ...

-   A series of sumptuously illustrated video sessions taking you through a thrilling and engaging narrative.

-   A special start up session with helpful guides such as a glossary, and an extra closing Next Steps lesson.

-  Useful downloadable notes and special handouts such as maps and tables for your to print off at home.

-  Bonus notes throughout, so that you can find and visit relevant archaeological sites for yourself, or further explore for yourself Latin lurking in the English language.

-  A LIVE Q&A online session (scheduled at one time, one date each month) with The Muddy Archaeologist with chat box to ask your questions and respond and be part of the Muddy Archaeologist online community.  It's your own personal FREE monthly Club for exploring the Ancient World!

- Absolutely no exams or tests except for short lightweight quizzes. These courses are for fun, discovery, learning and exploration - for us to share together.

- Stunning Value!  Comprehensive but Accessible, led by your professional Expert Lecturer.  Friendly & Fun.  Variety of Media. Student Support.  Interactive. Bonus free LIVE Monthly Q&A 'Members' Club'.  What a great package!

- FREE PREVIEWS available for all courses!  Watch a video, try a quiz,  get free downloadable handouts ... Try out before buying the full course!  

     Neolithic Orkney Free Preview here

     Practical Latin 1: First Steps Free Preview here

     Practical Latin 2: Stepping Out Free Preview here


  • What if I get stuck? NO PROBLEM. I'm here for you throughout your course - contact me privately by email and I shall support you. AND Don't forget - you can join the monthly LIVE Q&A sessions for FREE - discover yet more, and ask any questions!

  • Worried about time? NO PROBLEM You can start when you like, take as long as you like, and end when you like. You decide. And the course is fully mobile too - laptops and phones can both access it wherever you are, even when travelling or waiting for a train etc.

  • How do I pay? A selection of options for payment are available to make life as easy as possible for you:
    - One-off payments
    - Monthly installments
    - Group Discounts
    - Special Value Bundles

  • Still Unsure? No need to be - you can book with confidence. You have a 30-day money back no quibble guarantee.

Future Courses coming soon!

Whether you want to explore archaeology, ancient history, Classical Literature, or even Latin you'll find a great selection coming soon

Don't just take my word for it!

Read what others think of 'The Muddy Archaeologist'

I was transported to this far off time and place, where the cultures, architecture and ways of these early inhabitants came vividly to life

Neolithic Orkney Online Student

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring 'Neolithic Orkney' with Gillian's expertise. The early story of these northern islands as related in her lectures was packed full of fascinating history and told in such an engaging way that I was transported to this far off time and place, where the cultures, architecture and ways of these early inhabitants came vividly to life.The extra notes and maps were a real bonus too. A great course!

Gillian’s course opens up the Neolithic world on Orkney

Neolithic Orkney online student

“Gillian’s course opens up the Neolithic world on Orkney. The course is fascinating and provides many interesting perspectives on Neolithic life. Gillian is an excellent tutor/guide, her passion for archaeology is definitely catching and she relates the subject to the participant on a real human level. The course has certainly inspired me to want to visit Orkney in the future and also continue with further online archaeologist courses.” LS

Really enjoying this course

Neolithic Orkney online student

I am really enjoying this course. Gillian has brought to life what it must have been to live in the Neolithic and every now and then includes a thought provoking comment or question which invites a deeper consideration of what the archaeological evidence might suggest. The lectures are clear and accompanied by excellent photographs and the accompanying notes include all the important points. Her enthusiasm for the subject shines through. I would love to go on an archaeological tour of Orkney with her to see the monuments covered in this course and experience the mystery and atmosphere of the landscape. The only criticism of this course is that it is too short.!

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