Archaeologist and former member of the Europe a la Carte blogging team,Â Thomas Dowson, has launched the Archaeology Travel website to make it easier to find out about all things archaeological in Europe. Each country has its iconic archaeological sites: England for example has Stonehenge, France has Lascaux, and Italy has Pompeii. There are also the well established and much visited Museums, such as the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris. There is, however, so much more to the archaeology of Europe than just these well known and much loved sites and museums – from the Stone Age cave paintings to the many monuments and memorials of more recent events.Â But what’s been missing, until now, is an authoritative travel guide to the archaeology of Europe.
Roman Art at the MusÃ©e de Picardie, Amiens, France
This new travel website features the combined talents of Thomas Dowson, an archaeologist living in France, and Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen, travel websites developers who brought us SlowTrav and SlowEurope. Currently, the website has France ‘live’, but Thomas tells me that England is about to be added (late July 2011), and Italy, Scotland Wales and Ireland will follow soon.
From the country-level page (such as France shown below) visitors can choose a region on an interactive map, or choose a region from the list in the navigation bar to the left. Clicking through takes you to the recommended list of sites and museums, organised by archaeological period. Each entry on the list has a brief description and a photograph. Clicking through takes you to a dedicated site page, where you will find more archaeological information about the site, the necessary details you require should you want to visit the site, links to further photos, as well as a link to an official website.
France page on the Archaeology Travel website
But Archaeology Travel is more than a set of regional lists of archaeological sites and museums open to the public. Besides a number of pages presenting resources and background information about archaeology, a blog with news, reviews and travel reports, the website also has an Archaeological Tours’ feature. So for anyone who wishes to travel Europe by visiting, for example, the amphitheatres of the Roman Empire or the Megalithic monuments, Archaeology Travel provides the necessary information for you to do just this.
The Iron Age Hill Fort of Maiden Castle, Dorset, England
And, when you get back from your excursions to the archaeology that interests you, you are invited to add comments about your impressions and experiences. In October a discussion forum will be added.
So if it is archaeology you enjoy exploring while on holiday, from the early Stone Age to the Medieval period, Archaeology Travel provides an extensive, interactive travel guide to help you on your way.