We get to see Bonekickers tonight in Scotland. I only have the comments
about it so far and these do not motivate me to watch it.
Mark Horton wrote:
> As a Britarch regular, I must admit, I was rather relieved that our
> posts have been slightly less rapid about bonekickers than in other
> parts of the web. We all rather hope that 6.8 million people quite
> liked it, and the few 100 who didnt have been busily posting like mad
> (and a lot of them are serial posts, with the same comment on different
> websites!!). First and formost, this is not a 'dramatised' time team -
> god forbid - it would be like watching paint dry - but rather a drama
> that uses the past to make some comment on the present. The archaeology
> is just a vehicle, and sometimes even archaeological methods have to be
> slight bent, to make the drama work - sorry about this, but that is
> simply how it is. It is also meant to be very funny, with lots of
> hidden jokes in there that you have (or anyway the people who post all
> day) seem to have missed completely. As for the wooden characters -
> this is also part of the strong characterisation that we creating -
> these are maverick archaeologists, just like Morse was a maverick
> policeman, who got results. Just because there was a murder every week
> in Oxford, so we dont expect in real life, archaeologists to dig up
> True crosses every day of their life. I suspect that the massive public
> outcry on the series is simply because you didnt expect it to be like
> this - but thats the real fun bit.
> Now for the anoraks:
> 1) The developers found the coin while sinking a geotechnical borehole.
> The site, - which is at Larkhill just to the west of Bath incidently -
> produced this dirham (which was right by the way). It was not on the
> SMR, but the Uni was called in do a standard PPG16 evaluation, paid for
> by the developers. The city archaeologist was proposing the site should
> be sealed under a concrete raft - but the site was then bought up by
> Laygass etc.
> 2) The lack of layers in the trench. I insisted that the 'trench'
> should be dug where there was no risk of damaging archaeology.
> (difficult near Bath!). It was all in made up ground, hence the fact it
> all looked a bit dirty, as it was all rubble and fill.
> 3. Tent - why not, they are much nicer than portacabins.
> 4. Health and Safety. When does anyone wear high vis or hart hats on
> time team then.....The risk assessment was in file behind the
> computers, if you look hard on HD!
> 4. Viv's unprofessional conduct in digging the wood out. This was
> deliberate - Viv is a rather naive student, fresh out of Uni, with very
> little experience - this is part of her character. This was needed for
> the later scene with the news of Helena's miracles.
> 5. Geophys. The blotches were not meant to be bodies, but large grave
> pits - a series of mass graves with the skellies piled in. This was in
> the eye of the beholder.....
> 6. Radio carbon - dates to within 20 years. We only say early 14th
> century. The print out was the callibration curve from OxCal - showing
> the callibration of the date. We did speed it up a bit to help the
> story along....
> 7. Dendo - yes there is a published sequence on Eastern Med Cedar,
> though admittedly a bit dodgy during the roman period. We clearly
> showed how it was done using a core etc.
> 8. Preservation - we had a constant debate about this. The Bath trench
> was meant to be waterlogged, but this wasnt possible for ethical
> reasons (see 2)
> 8. We did not need SMC at Garway. It is only listed not an SAM. It does
> exist, and does have 666 coops.
> 9. Oh and sorry about the end - in fact they didnt go to the pub, but
> stayed behind and recorded what was left of the smoldering
> crosses,using single context recording methods .......but this bit got
> lost in the edit stage!
> All stand by for next weeks romp - which is ever better and funnier I
> promise. And please dont complain about the bleeps on the magnetometer
> - they were added in post production, and I couldnt get to them in
> Oh and before anyone else complains (not yet anyway), all the bones
> used in the production were made of plastic......