Archaeology Travel | Paris Archaeology Guide | 1
Exploring the Past in ParisParis would not be Paris without the Seine River. Along the banks of the river are architectural masterpieces from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, to the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot, representing an extraordinary history from the Medieval to the 20th century. On the same river bank in the 1990s archaeologists recovered 6,000 year old canoes during excavations of an early Neolithic settlement. This collection of culturally significant landmarks is why that part of the French capital along the banks of the Seine is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Not surprisingly then Paris is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Unfortunately it is also one of the most expensive. Our Paris Travel Guide, [...]

Archaeology Travel | City Guides | 9
COOKIES, DATA COLLECTION & YOUR PRIVACY on Archaeology TravelLast updated 31 May 2020 Archaeology Travel provides resources for people who enjoy exploring the past - at archaeology and history sites and attractions around the world. From the outset I chose to keep this website free for readers. This does not mean that keeping the website on the internet is without costs. On the contrary, for June 2018 the costs of keeping Archaeology Travel live on the internet will cost over £700. That is the running costs of the website only. That does not include the cost of travel and visiting sites, and then producing more, 100% original content (the majority of which is also paid for by the website [...]

Archaeology Travel | Ramses and the Pharaohs' Gold Exhibition 2021 - 2025 | 2
The blockbuster touring exhibition with over 180 objects from Egypt, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, is currently at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, until 12 February 2023. From there it heads to Europe, and La Villette cultural park in Paris. The temporary exhibition opens 7 April and runs until 6 September 2023 (a link for booking tickets through the official vendor is included below).The information on this page was last checked and/or updated on 26 January 2023The well known face of Ramses from one of his many colossal statues.A multisensory exhibition showcasing 181 objects will explore the life and accomplishments of Ramses II. Many of these artefacts have never before been [...]

Archaeology Travel | City Guides | 10
Benwell Roman Fort, or Condercum as it would have been known by the Romans, was the second of 12 forts constructed along the line of Hadrian's Wall. The fort was built on a strategic, naturally level hill-top, around 127 metres above sea level. Hence the name Condercum, which translates as a place with a wide view. There is nothing left of the fort today; the northerly portion was destroyed in the early 1860s during the construction of a reservoir, while the rest was destroyed in the 1930s to make way for a private housing estate and the expanding city of Newcastle. Sadly, the archaeology of the fort was not recorded in the 1860s and so our understanding of the full extent of the fort and its internal structure is incomplete. Rescue excavations of the southerly [...]

Archaeology Travel | A Cabin With a View: the Nile from the Oberoi Philae | 3
The ViewBefore getting into bed on the third night of the cruise I opened the curtains and blinds. Sleeping with the curtains open I usually wake up with the rising sun, and I desperately wanted to see dawn on the Nile. The Oberoi Philae was docked at Esna, and for a moment I just stood and watched a few dogs roaming the deserted streets. Despite an early start that day to beat the heat and crowds in the Valley of the Kings and other ancient sites on the West Bank of Luxor we also had a late night. Mr Eldin, the boat manager, told us the Philae would be setting sail at about four in the morning so that we could arrive in good time for a morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu.Several hours later I awoke to the view from my cabin captured in the photograph above. I [...]

Archaeology Travel | Castel Sant'Angelo - Hadrian's Mausoleum | 4
Across the St Angelo Bridge from the bulk of the ancient city of Rome and not far from Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo dominates the northern bank of the Tiber River. Construction started on an artificial mound in the 120s for the Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum. By the time of his death on 10 July 138 AD, the funerary monument was incomplete. The mausoleum was completed by Antoninus Pius in 139 AD. The ashes of the late emperor and his wife Sabina (who had died before Hadrian), as well as those of Aelius Caesar (Hadrian's first adopted heir) were the first to be interred here. Subsequent emperors, their wives and immediate family also had their ashes deposited here - the last recorded emperor being Caracalla in 217 AD.The information and details on this page were last checked and/or [...]

Archaeology Travel | Visiting Rome's Capuchin Crypt, 2023 | 5
In the centre of Rome is the Capuchin Crypt - officially the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, which is at once both shocking and fascinating. A series of small chapels beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini contain the bones and mummified remains of an estimated 4,000 individuals. Far from being a macabre spectacle, the Capuchin order believes the remains of former friars are a silent and poignant reminder of our mortality and the passage of life on Earth.The information and details on this page was last checked and/or updated on 23 January 2023.Recommended Guided Tours of the Capuchin Crypt After a recent make-over, the museum and Capuchin ossuary is becoming a popular attraction in Rome. A popular option for visiting [...]

Archaeology Travel | Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara to Open in 2020 | 6
After several years of restoration on the Step Pyramid in Saqqara, the Ministry of Antiquities announced in November 2019 that work was complete. The following January it was announced that the pyramid, the final resting place for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser, would open in the first quarter of 2020. Djoser's step pyramid is bound to be a popular attraction as this is not only the oldest pyramid in the world, it is also the oldest monumental stone structure.A photograph of Djoser's pyramid taken in 2004, before restoration began (in 2006).Restoration of the pyramid began in 2006 but was halted in 2011 following the Egyptian revolution. Work recommenced in 2013 after when the Egyptian government allocated a [...]

Archaeology Travel | Akrotiri | 7
Europe > Greece > South Aegean > Santorini >The Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri was one of the most important Minoan urban centres and ports in the Aegean Sea when it was covered by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC.The so-called Spring Fresco depicting swallow flying above lilies and the volcanic landscape of the island, the only fresco found at the site still in situ.The information on this page was last checked and/or updated on 20 January [...]

Archaeology Travel | Experience Guédelon Castle - Don't Just Visit | 8
For anyone visiting France for the castles or medieval history, Guédelon is a must. Over 300,000 people visit each year, and for a not insignificant number they have been before – more than once. The castle, strictly speaking a castle fort, even features on niche itineraries that explore castle architecture of the mid 13th century – including the Louvre in Paris. Guédelon clearly keeps good company. But it is not a castle built in the Middle Ages. And it is not a replica of one either. Nonetheless, Guédelon really does have to be experienced, and not just visited.Guédelon re-opened on 1 April 2023 and will close on 5 November 2023. The information on this page was last checked and/or updated on 20 January 2023.The story of how Guédelon [...]