I'm Dr Eleanor Scott and this is my site which features an Archaeology Blog, Open Access articles, and some previously unpublished papers.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've recently separated out a Dig Food Blog from the main Archaeology Blog.

I also have a Political Blog here about my foray into politics; and I also write a bit about Urban Life - growing stuff, using food, 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.)




'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'

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

'The lack of interest in these photographs is an omission from the telling of the Bell story, I think, because these images and the friends who helped in their creation are part of Bell's beginning.'

The monks gave us breakfast and the Rosens went off to a Lutheran service while I took a kavass and stood in the streets photographing the women

'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'

'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'

Full PDF file - Open Access

'What is a villa?' 'Where might a field scatter of Roman material reasonably indicate the presence of a villa?'


Recipes for mains, sides and desserts for a week and more, that are vegan AND gluten-free AND Type2-friendly

'This blog piece is part of a series that explores the relationship between food, well-being and inclusion in the field. It's a broad brush overview of what can be achieved, on a budget ... it's also about making a rainbow of inclusive food that looks like you want to eat it and will be satisfied by it in a fieldwork setting'

Preparation & store cupboard

'It is actually possible to perform a neat trick and to make decent meals on a dig or in a fieldwork setting that are vegetarian and vegan and gluten-free and compatible with eating plans recommended for people with Type 2 diabetes'

Vegan recipes for digs and fieldwork conditions

'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'

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

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

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

'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'




'... 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.'


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

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