News & Publications
Since December 2016 Mick has been writing a regular column in British Archaeology magazine (www.archaeologyUK.org). The first article centred around Hetty Pegler's Tump and mentioned Hazleton North chambered tomb, brilliantly excavated by Alan Saville who very sadly died in summer 2016. No.2 features the ancient Assyrian capital of Kalhu (Nimrud) near Mosul in northern Iraq. No. 3 explores some of the slate quarrying landscapes of North Wales. No. 4 looks at an open air praying place in Wester Ross connected with the formation of the Free Church of Scotland. No. 5 centres around the Nine Stone Close stone circle in the Derbyshire Peak District, and mentions the photography of John Blakemore, Paul Hill, Thomas Josua Cooper and Fay Godwin. No. 6 looks at Pueblo Indian petroglyphs on a volcanic dyke in the Galisteo Basin south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. No.7 recalls digging on Medieval sites in Hull in the 1970s. No. 8 considers similarities between false portals in Cotswold-Severn Neolithic tombs and in Egyptian mastabas. No. 9 visits an Early Christian complex at Killabuonia, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland. No. 10 goes in search of St Columba's legendary island of Hinba. No. 11 recalls working on the Spong Hill excavations, Norfolk, and visits to Burgh Castle Roman fort. No. 12 describes photographing deserted farmsteads on the former grange of Strata Florida abbey. No. 13 combines Bonnie Prince Charlie, a Jacobean folly and the Rolling Stones. No. 14 features WWII anti-tank defences at Waverley Abbey, Surrey. No. 15 includes the megalithic carvings inside Gavrinis chambered tomb, Brittany. No. 16 features a WWII bomb decoy site and the work of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa. No. 17 a Neolithic house & temple at Barnhouse, Orkney. No.18 Tarr Steps clapper bridge on Exmoor. No. 19 Archangels & Dragons. No. 20 Cademuir hillfort in the Scottish Borders. No. 21 WWII plane crashes on Lundy Island. No. 22 Dun Flodigarry Broch excavation, Skye. No. 23 explores the "Milky Way" to Walsingham, Norfolk. No. 24 Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber. No. 25 features bells & a ringers' rhyme board. No. 26, published 5 February 2021, concerns leprosy.
The portrait of the author looking almost presentable was taken by Eve Boyle.
Rhind Lectures 2020
The 2020 Rhind Lectures from The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland were delivered online from 13-18 December and are now available on YouTube. The six lectures were given by Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museum of Scotland) on different apects of the Neolithic in Scotland. Well illustrated, and full of interest and up to the minute information (some of it not yet published) all delivered in an engaging style. Dr Sheridan was kind enough to use some of Mick's photos, especially in lectures 4 & 5, including a couple of Camster Long Cairn, Caithness.
Photo of Camster Long, Caithness. © Mick Sharp
New Portfolio Pages on Alamy
We currently have getting on for 4,000 of our photographs on the vast Alamy picture library website and our sales are growing. Use the links below to go direct to our Alamy portfolio pages where you can scroll through all of our photos &/or use the search: type in a place/site name, category or theme etc. Good hunting. Don't forget we have 1000s of photos we sell directly and we may be contacted through our Contact page.
Jean Williamson Cards update
Spring is in the air and Jean has added a new look banner for her Etsy shop, which is now open for USA sales again.
She is now regularly restocking cards in Dimensions, Bangor, but the Caban, Brynrefail is a Cafe/Restaurant and is having to make extra efforts towards stricter social distancing so she has not been able to return there. The Green Lion Gallery remains online only for the time being. We hope all these outlets will get back to normal trading sometime in 2021.
New Photos for Jean's Marking the Months Gallery
Jean has added a new selection of her cards to celebrate the 2021 New Year. They are available from Dimensions Whole Foods in Upper Bangor and online from Jean's Etsy shop (which will open again for USA customers in the New Year). Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the Caban in Brynrefail has only been selling food - her card rack was temporarily repurposed to dry our onion harvest! The Green Lion Gallery, Bath, Maine, has moved online until its owner returns from Peru.
Best wishes for a better New Year (despite continuing restrictions and a new Covid varient) and the resilance to beat this virus!
Catching the Sun © Jean Williamson
Five of Mick's photos including the front cover, and one of Jean's, were used in Sacred Heritage: Monastic Archaeology, Identities, Beliefs by Roberta Gilchrist of Reading University, published by Cambridge University Press in January 2020. Isle Maree, Wester Ross, associated with the Early Christian St Maelrubha, was famous for its healing well, Money Tree, madness cures and bull sacrifice.
Photo of Isle Maree © Mick Sharp
An exhibition in the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge, features two of Mick's photos showing reproduction Iron Age feasting equipment inside reconstructed round houses at Castell Henllys, Pembrokeshire, and Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire. The hearth and firedogs were photographed inside the Moel y Gerddi house at Butser. The exhibition runs until 3 May 2020 but presumably cannot be visited in these times of Covid-19.
Photo at Butser Ancient Farm © Mick Sharp
Miranda Aldhouse-Green's latest book, Sacred Britannia: The Gods & Rituals of Roman Britain, was published by Thames & Hudson at the end of June 2018. It features two of Mick's photos including this view of the Temple of Mithras near Carrawburgh Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall. The Mithraeum was founded in the 3rd century AD for the worship and rituals of the eastern mystery god Mithras. Very popular with Roman soldiers, Mithras was a rival to Christ and the temple was eventually desecrated by Christians.
Photo of Carrawburgh Temple of Mithras © Mick Sharp
Richard Morris's latest book, Yorkshire: A lyrical history of England's greatest county (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 25 January 2018), features five of our photographs including this view of the Beverley Minster at sunrise. The front cover photograph is by Joe Cornish whose work adorns many National Trust publications. Richard's previous book was Time's Anvil which also featured some of our photos, and Mick very much enjoyed taking picture's specially for Richard's pioneering work Churches in the Landscape back in the 1980s. Yorkshire was Radio 4's book of the week in February 2018.
Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire. © Mick Sharp
Ancient Strangers - The Anasazi
We have a new addition to the gallery section featuring some of our photographs of Anasazi sites. The Navajo named the ancestors of modern Pueblo peoples the Anasazi: the ancient ones, or ancient strangers. They lived throughout the plateau country of the Four Corners area of the American Southwest, where the modern states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. This region saw dramatic population growth in the period AD700-1130 and, from the C10th onwards, the construction of magnificent, multi-storey Great Houses on the floor and mesa tops (table lands) of places such as Chaco Canyon, and the building of cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly.
Doorways at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA. Photo © Jean Williamson