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. The latest, published 3 June 2020, recalls the excavation of Dun Flodigarry broch, Isle of Skye.
The portrait of the author looking almost presentable was taken by Eve Boyle.
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
Jean Williamson Cards update
Jean has reopened her Etsy shop with 3 new designs. Although postal services have improved she is restricting sales to UK and EU for the time being. Apologies for any disappointments. Please do contact her if you have any queries.
I am hoping to restock Dimensions as soon as new guidelines alllow, but their priority must be on supplying the community with essentials. The Caban in Brynrefail remains closed, and Green Lion Gallery has moved to a new location. I hope all these outlets will get back to normal trading later this year.
New Photos for Jean's Marking the Months Gallery
Jean is trying to revamped her Marking the Months Gallery and this is one of three new images now available from her Etsy shop. There seems to be some technical problem uploading the new images, so please be patient. Jean's cards are also usually available locally in Dimensions, Upper Bangor and Caban, Brynrefail, and, for USA customers only, a selection at The Green Lion Gallery, Bath, Maine, but this spring Dimensions is concentrating on 'essentials', the Caban is closed, and Green Lion gallery has moved to a new location. Updates when we have them.
Spiral Flowers © Jean Williamson
New Portfolio Pages on Alamy
We currently have well over 3,000 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.
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
For many years, and under very difficult circumstances, Georgina Herrmann OBE, FBA, has been studying, cataloguing and publishing the thousands of carved ivories discovered at the Assyrian capital of Kalhu, modern Nimrud in northern Iraq. Georgina has now brought all of her scholarship together in a beautiful book published by Thames & Hudson to reveal the remarkable story of the ivories to a wider audience. Ancient Ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire combines archaeology, art history, adventure and romance. Accumulated in the early first millennium BC by gift, tribute and plunder, the ivories lay forgotten under the accretions of time after the destruction of Kalhu by the Medes and Persians. First redisovered in Victorian times by Austen Henry Layard, the extent of the collection was revealed by Max Mallowan who, with his wife Agatha Christie, excavated at Nimrud in 1949-51. Subsequent research by various organizations including the British Museum and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, added to this important and breathtaking cache of ancient ivory. Mick was one of the photographers on the Nimrud Ivories Project, and some of his work features on the cover and inside this handsome book.
Head of a Pharaoh from Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud. Photo Mick Sharp