>this is a drama that reflects real archaeological practice - the
grimyness, the organsied chaos, the over-enthusiastic diggers etc - not
>et out to be showcase of clinical archaeological correctness. I think
that we did pretty well - remembering that this was filmed in the middle
of December in the bucketing rain etc, not the sun soaked summer.
Many units dig in the middle of December, so be proud of this
authenticity (digging in the "sun soaked summer" may prove to be a thing
of the past if 2007 and 2008 are anything to go by).
You say that your Knights Templar facts on your website are accurate, so
it is a pity that 'Bonekickers' did not reflect it. It had the Templars
as protectors of pilgrims to the Holy Land as late as the early 14th
century, whereas they had abjured the East a century earlier & no longer
were "warrior monks" but royal bankers. Also, the illusion was left that
there were no Templars in England until a few fled persecution in
France. Instead the English Templar Preceptories were founded as early
as in other parts of Europe but the main difference was that in 1308
Edward II initially ignored the Papal Edict to arrest the Templars. When
he eventually complied he avoided torturing or executing any of them in
England, unlike in the remainder of Europe.
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