Some of my other websites
I run a number of other websites, most of them of an archaeological bent. For example:
Current Archaeology. This is my original website for my magazine Current Archaeology. The magazine was launched in 1967 and I was one of the very first adherents to the world wide web, so I was able to obtain the website www.archaeology.co.uk which is still the website for Current Archaeology. I no longer maintain it, but hidden away there is still a number of my original web pages, lovingly crafted in html!
Our latest magazine, Military History Monthly is a superb magazine for all military history enthusiasts.
The websites that I do maintain, now all in WordPress are:
Easter Island. We visited Easter Island, or Rapa Nui for five days on our Round-the-World trip in 2011. All the statues were overthrown in the eighteenth century and the only statues visible today have been re-erected. We visited all the half dozen or so re-erected platforms which we show here, together with details of the quarry and the ‘birdman’ village at Orongo. But the chronology of Easter Island is currently very controversial. Was it originally inhabited sometime between the 5th and 9th century AD, or was it not first occupied until the 12th century AD? Here I lay out the whole problem.
My account of our Round-the-World trip is to be found at www.hilites.org.uk – an archaeologist’s take on Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Tahiti (including some of the marae on Mo’orea, and ending up on Easter Island).
Every year I go to a conference at Paestum in southern Italy which is the only place where you can see three Greek temples. Here you can see all three temples as well as a visit to the museum with photos of Tomb of the Diver – the finest examples of Classical Greek wall painting, as well as a look at the Italian Neolithic.
Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey is now achieving renown as being the oldest temple in the world, situated at the interface between the end of the Palaeolithic and the beginning of the Neolithic, somewhere around 10,000 BC. We visited it in 2012 and the results of our visit can be seen here.
Near Göbekli Tepe is the former city of Harran reputed to be the site of the oldest university in the world. The Romans knew it as Charrae, for it was here that the millionaire Crassus met his death in one of the major Roman defeats at the battle of Charrae in 53 BC. There are also the remains of a huge mosque, a crusader castle and the still inhabited houses of the Marsh Arabs.
While in Turkey we also visited the major excavations of the Byzantine harbour in Istanbul where 36 ships have so far been excavated.
Waldgirmes. What would London be like today if Boudicca had won? The answer may well be like Waldgirmes, near Frankfurt in Germany. Here the Germans began to erect a town that was to be the capital of their new province of Germany. But in AD 9 they suffered a huge defeat when Varus lost three legions at the hands of Arminius, and the fledgling town of Waldgirmes was destroyed for ever. Read all about it.
The Glauberg. In the 5th century BC when the Hallstatt culture was giving way to the La Tène a young prince based in a hillfort north of Frankfurt died and was given a magnificent burial. This account of the burial is a treat for all prehistorians.
Saalburg. In the 1890s, German amateur archaeologists were excavating a Roman fort at the Saalburg. Kaiser Wilhelm, who was wintering nearby in Bad Homburg, came to see the excavations and was impressed, and ordered his army in to rebuild the fort. The result is one of the best known reconstructions of a Roman fort. But is it correct? Here we look at some of the latest ideas and reconstructions.
Vienna. Vienna is a problem. In the late 19th century it was ruled by the Emperor Franz Joseph, a straight-laced bureaucrat, who got up every morning at 5 o’clock, washed in cold water and spent the day reading official papers and signing documents. Yet this bureaucratic regime produced some of the greatest intellectual outpourings that the world has ever seen – music from Bruckner and Mahler, painters like Klimt, philosophers like Wittgenstein and Hayek; to say nothing of the architecture of the Ringstrasse. We visited in 2011 and here I try to unravel some of the mysteries.
India. In 2013 we went to India to explore the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, as well as the Hindu temple at Udaipur. This site is still under construction, but it explores the impact of the Muslim invaders on the basically Hindu population.
Finally Our Year contains the Christmas greetings that I send out every year to our friends and relatives to describe what we get up to in the course of the year. There are many pictures of our grandchildren = but also some pictures of our holidays!