I'm Dr Eleanor Scott and this is my site which features an Archaeology Blog, Open Access articles, and some previously unpublished papers. The material is varied and includes the Roman world, infanticide, and Gertrude Bell.

I also have a Political Blog here about my foray into politics; and I've started an Urban Life Blog about growing stuff, food (and not wasting it), and city wildlife. This is the main site hub. Picture links are below, full menu above. (I do accept a few writing commissions, with rates from the ever-popular pro bono upwards.):


'It's been a while since I resigned as a matter of conscience from the Portsmouth Liberal Democrat machine - well, to be honest it was less of a well-oiled machine at that point and more like a charabanc with the wheels coming off - and it's been many months since I particularly had cause to think about it.

'But in the last few days I've been reading about the Football Association's (mis)handling of the Mark Sampson case, particularly the allegations of his poor conduct involving women, and the saga has perhaps inevitably planted elements of the Hancock debacle at the forefront of my brain again.'


'I've never yet been on a dig where there wasn't at least one vegetarian or vegan. And there's always been a tedious ass-hat trying to wind them up - and that really needs to bite the dust'

Vegan recipes for digs and fieldwork conditions

'Dig food is dig fuel - never underestimate its importance for powering an excavation'

Bulk food recipes you can make for everyone - in a cramped shed

'Food is essential, food is emotional and food is political. I think that the dig director who doesn’t ‘get’ this is seriously missing a trick'

How and why to feed your volunteers well on a dig - and how and why to include and enable

'That same night, the screaming started, as giant cockroaches flew into the communal awning and landed on people's backs and heads'

'How someone died is not always relevant to how they lived; but in the case of Gertrude Bell, I believe that the circumstances of her death tell us a great deal about how she felt about her own life'

'These were the turbulent years when the Ottoman Empire was in decline and the western colonial powers – especially Britain – were busy creating modern political geography'

'As at Greenham, they acted against the grain of their landscapes towards the women, redefining their orthodox masculinities, and I think that that is worth acknowledging'






Spring into Summer in the Urban Garden

I started this blog to chart our year, loving urban wildlife, growing herbs, fruits and vegetables, and cooking & eating what we grow.

Crow Freedom! Our rescue crow - Mortimer's story

This was a dilemma for us. The only circumstance where it's appropriate to rescue a wild bird is when it's injured and there is danger nearby - and this little bird was most definitely injured, still flightless, next to a main road and at the mercy of cats, dogs, foxes, rats, people and traffic


I see archaeology as the study of just about everything in the past - as well as the analysis of relevant stuff in the present, such as political culture and how food is grown and commodified.

I write mostly about the Roman world, gender and children / infancy, including infant death and infanticide.

In East Jerusalem, summer 1990

In East Jerusalem, summer 1990

My PhD was on Roman villas in Britain, and shortly after completing that I founded TRAC (the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference). I'm on the TRAC Advisory Committee and have published a number of papers in its Proceedings, as well as having published a number of books and articles on the Roman world and the archaeology of infancy & infant death. I've additionally carried out survey work in Jerusalem and Palestine / Israel relating to Roman landscapes and the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive.

I'm interested in changing the way that archaeology is published, delivered, given and sold to students and people who love archaeology.

This website provides and promotes free editions of much of my work, as well as material which is previously unpublished or out-of-print which will be of use and interest to students, researchers and anyone with a foot in the past. I also provide previews of new books, and will be linking to the websites of notable independent researchers.

New technology, the growth of online Open Access and the financial pressures on students mean that academic publishing is undergoing change. The pressures on academics to publish e.g. for the REF exercise will of course continue to keep various publishing houses functioning, but these books are expensive; and they are becoming harder than ever to access from libraries with diminishing budgets which are stocking perhaps just one copy of each new book.

To me, the problem is that a textbook costing upwards of £60 is not even remotely within most students' budgets. Even £25 is too much. Students should be able to buy interesting new books on their subject at genuinely affordable prices - and should be able to access them for free after a few years. As much material as possible should be Open Access.

The navigation bar and the book icons at the top of this home page will help you to find your way around the site. Hover over each topic heading and the available pages will appear - just click on the one you want to see. There's a contact page if you want to get in touch with me. Use the 'Updates on New Content' page to see what's new, as I'll be adding new content on a regular basis.

All the copyright is mine except where otherwise indicated. Please give credit to the copyright holder if you use any of the material. Thank you.

In Portsmouth 2002, doing the politics

In Portsmouth 2002, doing the politics

You can contact me here. I'm not providing a comments facility on the website this year, as I want to focus on creating and uploading new content and not firefighting some of the stuff which is sadly prevalent these days online.

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