Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Archaeological Sites Used in Entertainment

Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt in The Mummy Returns Al Khazneh, Jordan in Indiana Jones: the last crusade Alnwick Castle, England in Harry Potter Dubrovnik, Croatia in Game of Thrones Hadrian’s Wall, England in Robin Hood: the prince of thieves ¬† Ouarzazate, Morocco in Gladiator Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan in Batman Begins Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland…

Stone Circles in the UK

Stone circles were a part of a Neolithic and Bronze Age (c.3300 – 900 BCE) tradition in Britain. They are defined by a circle of standing stones, where the size and number of stones can vary. Stone circles were not specific to Britain however, with other examples being found on Continental Europe, in Africa, and…

Roman Forts in the UK

Roman Forts were used as a defensive military strategy. The plan made it easy for soldiers to have access to surrounding walls quickly. A large ditch was built around the outside. The dirt removed from the ditch would create a rampart and a wall was built on top of that. If you like it, you…