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Storming the Bastille in 1789, Finding the Bastille Today

Most English speaking people call the French national holiday of 14 July ‘Bastille Day’ – supposedly after the storming of the Bastille in 1789. For the French, however, the national holiday is known as the Fête nationale. July 14 commemorates the Fête de la Fédération of 14 July 1790 – which was then a celebration […]


Ten Must See Early Medieval Sites & Museums in England

Sandwiched in between the departing Romans in 410 AD and the arrival of the Normans in 1066 AD, the Anglo-Saxons, Germanic peoples from northern Europe, did much to shape contemporary England. A number of attractions relating to this period bear testimony to the significant changes that took place during these 500 or so years – […]


Re-Opening of the ‘Tomb of Romulus in Rome

As if there are not already enough things to do and see in Rome, yesterday (Monday 9 June) another Roman period site re-opened its doors to the public. Having been closed for the last 20 years, and after a substantial restoration project, visitors to Rome can add the ‘Mausoleum of Romulus’. Situated on the Via […]


Chaco’s Legacy: a digital model of Chaco Canyon

The American southwest is known for its dramatic landscapes, with spectacular archaeology to match. Ancient pueblos of stone and adobe mud can be found throughout the area, often in quite picturesque settings. The greatest concentration of pueblos, however, can be found in Chaco Canyon, an area now designated Chaco Culture National Historical Park in north-western […]


The Archaeology of the Top 10 Islands in Europe

There are a few websites that focus solely on producing top ten lists – of almost anything and everything under the sun. So it is perhaps not that surprising then that travel writers are also fond of coming up with their top ten lists of destinations and attractions. At the beginning of this year CNN […]


Statue of King Louis XIV as Roman Emperor, Caen

Walking between the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbey aux Dames I passed through Place Saint-Sauveur. Not only is this square one of the oldest public spaces in Caen, it is also a fine example of urban classicism. Fortunately it was not heavily destroyed during World War II. Besides the striking architecture in the area, […]


Five Highlights of My Trip to Greece, April 2014

Today is 1st May – my last day in Athens. As my flight departs late this evening, I had kept this day aside to visit the many wonderful museums in Athens. Due to strikes, however, the museums and archaeological sites are closed for the day. So, instead I am thinking about the last fourteen days […]

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