No-one has yet mentioned the Dr Who series 'The Daemons' (1971), which
commenced with a barrow excavation directed by the irascible
archaeologist Prof Jack Horner.
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Subject: [BRITARCH] British archaeology on TV/in the movies
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Incredible documentary
>However, as archaeologists we all have an interest >in how we are
>on telly, because it WILL >influence how people perceive and react to
I realise it's not friday yet, but....
This has got me thinking - can anyone think of a TV drama, play or
(ie fictional ) which has presented an accurate portrayal of life on an
excavation in Britain? The closest I can think of is, slightly
'Carry On Behind'! I am being semi-serious - the manky caravans and
for accomodation and general shots of work in the trenches showed
of the time (the 1970's) being used correctly, although whether or not
drunkenness, lechery and stream of double entendres was accurate, I
leave to others :).
there was also an excavation portrayed in Al Murray's series 'Time
Please' which looked superficially accurate, but Mr Murray has done some
archaeology - again, I'll pass no comment on the episodes in question
implying that archaeologists have an over-fondness for drink and a
amount of lechery. The less said about Ken Russell's 'The Lair of the
Worm' (possibly even funnier than 'Bonekickers') or Monty Python's
'Archaeology Today' the better!
I seem to remember a play from the 80's (?) called 'The Dig', but have
seen it. Has anyone?
Yes, I have got a lot of time on my hands at the moment....