about us


hello! This blog is mostly written by me, Merryn Dineley. I am the archaeologist, although I don't have my own site to dig. I prefer to be involved in experimental archaeology and the study of ancient technologies, such as malting, brewing, spinning, weaving, felting ... invisible archaeology. Ancient crafts and stuff that leaves little or no archaeological trace in the ground.

I've been interested in stone circles and archaeology since I was a child, thanks to my Dad taking me round ancient sites. He gave me the Ladybird Book of Stone Age Man when I was 7 years old. I have been visiting stone circles and ancient sites since then.

I studied Archaeology & Ancient History as an undergraduate at Manchester University, UK, between 1991 and 1995. After that I did an M Phil, part time because of family commitments, which was completed in 1999. The Thesis was published in 2004 as a British Archaeological Report - 'Barley Malt & Ale in the Neolithic'  BAR S1213 International Series. I have written a number of publications, all of which are available to download from my Academia.edu page here.

You will not find many citations of my papers. I'm not sure why, but I suspect that somewhere, somehow, my work has been dismissed by important thinkers in the academic archaeological community who do not appear to like my work.

I am a member of EXARC and can do talks, demonstrations and workshops about ancient and traditional brewing techniques. 

My husband, Graham, is the brewer. He has been making fine ales and beers from the grain for almost 30 years now. He has also been interested in stone circles and archaeology for years. He reads, edits and makes suggestions about what I write here on this blog. His knowledge and experience of brewing is invaluable. 

Between us, we have been studying, pondering upon and investigating the craft and technologies involved in making malt and ale in antiquity for almost twenty years.

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Hello, my full name is Marc Graham Dineley, and I am normally called Graham, but Google People uses first and last names, so to Google I am Marc Dineley.

I have a scientific/mathematical education, a Bsc in Maths and MSc in computing.
I have spent my professional working life with computers, with last the 30 years working in IT support in a University. I am a Linux geek, due to an acute allergy to Microsoft, caused by overexposure at work.

I have been interested in Ancient Monuments since childhood, and a fascination for Stone Circles since I came across them as a teenager. 

My knowledge of beer making comes from 30 years of experience and David Line's books, "The Big Book of Brewing" and "Brewing Beers like those you buy".

It is possible to use this knowledge in the study of ancient malting and brewing techniques, because the underlying principles to this technology is dictated by the biochemistry of Barley and Yeast. This biochemistry has not changed for many thousands if not millions of years.