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Gillian Hovell

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Gillian Hovell is an ancient historian and an archaeologist. She previously worked at BBC Television and is an award-winning freelance writer, author, and public speaker, specializing in archaeology, ancient history, and prehistory.  Gillian is actively involved in digs at major sites, including Orkney's famous Ness of Brodgar Neolithic site, and she also lectures across the United Kingdom regularly. Gillian holds a degree in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University in England. Gillian looks forward to sharing  how archaeological finds and sites are full of human life and passion, and that history and archaeology are not just about the past, they’re everywhere, and they add color, depth and meaning to our lives today.  Gillian is a lecturer at the British Museum in a London and  York University.  

What Our Travelers Say

Very outgoing and engaging. She took the initiative to pull us into conversation early in the trip, above and beyond. Very knowledgeable about neolithic peoples of Scotland and the Islands. Integral to the program.

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Scottish Isles

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