All posts by Andrew Parkin

About Andrew Parkin

I am Keeper of Archaeology at the Great North Museum where I am responsible for the archaeology and world cultures collections. I have a particular interest in all things Greek and Etruscan and enjoy traveling to sites and museums whenever I get the chance. I am also fascinated by Greek and Roman architecture and the way it has been used by later architects.

John G. Watson and many, many coins. A Guest Post by Daniel Wood.

My name is Daniel Wood, I am currently studying an undergraduate History and Archaeology degree at Newcastle University. During the summer holidays I undertook an Archaeology-related fieldwork placement at the Great North Museum: Hancock in partnership with the Natural History… Read more

A Gold Daric Coin

Sometimes the smallest objects in the museum have the most interesting stories to tell. This small gold coin, for example, was one of the most significant coins in the Ancient World. It is called a daric after the Persian King… Read more

Letters from Sir Flinders Petrie in the Hancock Archive

Guest post by Doug Henderson The name ‘Sir Flinders Petrie’ is a powerful one in Egyptology. His work helped turn the field from a profession for wealthy amateurs into a respected discipline and earned him the nickname ‘The Father of… Read more

Enigmatic Objects

One of the most pleasurable things about working with the archaeology in the Great North Museum is the sheer variety of material we have in our collections.  I am always learning something new and adding to my own knowledge.  Sometimes,… Read more

Rock Art from Birney Hill

One of the Great North Museum’s most recent acquisitions is a fine example of rock art that was found at Birney Hill near Ponteland during an archaeological investigation.  The sandstone rock, weighing nearly 3 tonnes, is decorated with distinctive cup… Read more