Mo picDSCN8186Three years ago, in the dark days of November 2010, something horrific, multi-coloured and wiry grew on my upper lip. Yes, an archaeotache.

Archaeotaches are just like normal moustaches, except for one important ingredient. They grow on the upper lips of archaeologists. They needn’t be, but they might be, inspired by moustaches from art and archaeology in times gone by.

In 2010, I was part of a team of archaeologists who together grew moustaches for charity. The team was led by Dr Steve Ashby (University of York) and other key players included Dr David Petts (Durham University) and Professor Sam Turner (Newcastle University). Together we raised well over a £1600 for Movember.

This year, I have decided to give it another go. What kind of archaeotache will unfold below my nose? Something Early Anglo-Saxon? Something Viking? Something inspired by Middle Earth? Who knows or dares to imagine.

So maybe you think you’ve got what it takes to grow an Archaeotache? If so, join my team! Together we can conquer past and present with our moustaches. Otherwise, please donate and support me over the next 5 weeks or so to grow a mo worthy of an early medieval warlord!

To join the team or donate, please follow this link.