John Wood notes about "a certain" TV programme:
> My impression is that with each programme there is a brief introduction to
> the subject and then the team 'plough' into digging trenches at will. My
> concern with this is that it perpetuates the popular, though now receding,
> doctrine that archaeology is all about digging.
I think though that one of the most interesting features of many of the
programmes which I have seen is the way that a lot is made of the
geophysical results. These are often presented with a flourish on the
computer or as a printout (after showing the laborious work work which goes
into their creation) and the ditches and what have you are pointed out for
the viewer. This I think does show the viewer that excavation is not the
only way we examine sites, and in fact has a subsidiary role to the more
general overview the geophysical results provide (more than once a trench
has been used merely to verify the geophys.). It also has the added "value"
that it shows that archaeological research is a little bit more technical
than merely "digging things up".