News & Publications
Mick's regular column in British Archaeology magazine (www.archaeologyUK.org): includes archaeology, photography, travel, gossip, name- and publication-dropping, autobiography and 'personality'.... 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. The second article, published in early February 2017, features the ancient Assyrian capital of Kalhu (Nimrud) near Mosul in northern Iraq. Article three, published early April 2017, explores some of the slate quarrying landscapes of North Wales. Article four, published in early June 2017, looks at an open air praying place in Wester Ross connected with the formation of the Free Church of Scotland. Article five, published 10 August 2017, 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. Six, published 6 October 2017, looks at Pueblo Indian petroglyphs on a volcanic dyke in the Galisteo Basin south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seven, published 6 December 2017, recalls digging on Medieval sites in Hull in the 1970s. Eight, published 9 February 2018, considers similarities between false portals in Cotswold-Severn Neolithic tombs and in Egyptian mastabas. Nine, published 6 April 2018, visits an Early Christian complex at Killabuonia, Co Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland. Ten, published 8 June 2018, goes in search of St Columba's legendary island of Hinba. Eleven, published 10 August 2018, recalls working on the Spong Hill excavations, Norfolk, and visits to Burgh Castle Roman fort. Twelve, published 5 October 2018, describes photographing deserted farmsteads on the former grange of Strata Florida abbey. Number 13, published 7 December 2018, combines Bonnie Prince Charlie, a Jacobean folly and the Rolling Stones. The latest, published 8 February 2019, features WWII anti-tank defences at Waverley Abbey, Surrey.
The portrait of the author looking almost presentable was taken by Eve Boyle.
New Photo for Jean's Marking the Months Gallery
A new image and card for Valentine's day and any other day you want to clebrate being in love. A heart made from copper wire in a bath of bubbles. Jean's cards are available from her online Etsy shop, locally in Dimensions, Upper Bangor and Caban, Brynrefail, and, for USA customers only, a selection at The Green Lion Gallery, Bath, Maine.
Snowdrop Moon © Jean Williamson
New Portfolio Pages on Alamy
We currently have around 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 new Alamy portfolio pages where you can scroll through all of our photos &/or use the search: type 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
Jean Williamson Cards 2019
The next date on the card calendar is St Dynwen's Day 25th January, closely followed by Valentynes's Day Feb 14th, but its good to tell your partner you love then every day of the year!
Free shipping still available on UK orders of 4 cards or more. Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, and Christmas/New Year - buy them together and get your discount.
Jean can print to order so always ask if you want more than the quantities listed.
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
Rhind Lectures 2017
In May 2017 the prestigious Rhind Lectures, organized by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, were given by Roberta Gilchrist, Professor of Archaeology and Research Dean at the University of Reading. A series of six linked lectures delivered over four days at the National Musem of Scotland, Edinburgh. Professor Gilchrist was kind enough to feature ten of Mick's photographs of Scottish monastic sites in her presentations examining medieval sacred heritage: churches and monasteries, beliefs, identity, magic and healing, memory and myth. A book drawing on the lectures is planned. The photograph is of St Fillan's Pool on the river adjacent to his priory near Tyndrum, Scotland. The deep pool, an ancient bell and a font in the priory were used in conjunction as a cure for lunancy. The pool is said to have lost its healing powers when a bull was thrown into it rather than a human patient. The swirl is formed by birch pollen moving on the surface of the water.
Photo of St Fillan's Pool © Mick Sharp
Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli: Living in History
The 2016 edition of Across the Sound: The Bardsey Yearbook features a selection of our Enlli photos illustrating my article Living in History. In July and September 1993, Jean and I were on Bardsey Island taking photographs for a photo essay to be included in the book Enlli, edited by R. Gerallt Jones and Christopher J. Arnold, published in 1996 by University of Wales Press. We were there again in May 2002, at the request of the then vicar of Aberdaron (Rev'd Evelyn Davies MBE), to take photos of Carreg Fawr farmhouse prior to its refurbishment. As so many people do, we fell under the island's spell. Our new gallery has a selection of photos including some of the key features on the island and a few of its many moods. In 1993 we particularly appreciated the kindness and assistance of Dafydd Thomas (Bardsey Island Trust officer), and Gwydion Morley (Trust warden/caretaker) and Kim Atkinson whose paintings grace some of the pages of the Enlli book.
Photo of Bardsey Island Lighthouse © Mick Sharp