I am actually amazed to see you justifying the programme.
I could well understand this if the prgramme was a serious academic
presentation, but its a TV adventure production for crissake!!
As a non academic member of the public, I for one assume that no matter how
much accurate expert advice is given to film makers, they object of the
exercise is to present the public with a fast pace, exciting bit of escapism
and not a foundation course in archaeology.
If the series offends anyones professional sensibilities then reach for the
remote, but please dont try to turn it into a serious academic dsicussion...
thats just wrong!
--- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Horton" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] anorak archaeology
> Dear Ian,
> Thank you for these supportive comments. In the face of all the
> detractors on this and other websites, perhaps we should point out that
> there is a website that provides the archaeological and historical
> background - which I accurate, cause I wrote it
> clearly the zillions that have been rushing to condemn havn't bothered to
> go there - for example for C14 dating we clearly set out both the
> principles and the process of calibration. To actually include a
> calibration chart on mainstream TV is surely an achievement on its own,
> and we all hoped that the great british public would then rush to the
> website to find out more.
> Its all to do with public education, and to get 6.8 million hooked on
> archaeology is surely in all our interests. And I promise the next five
> are much more soundly based on archaeology. In six weeks time this will
> be a cult show, and even the critics will have changed their minds!
> On 13 Jul 2008, at 17:59, ian wrote:
>> Dear List
>> I rarely respond to britarch posts, and, whilst I saw the programme, the
>> IKUWA conference and 'National Archaeology Weekend' have more than
>> my time!
>> I quite agree with some of Dr Horton's comments (not that he needs my
>> endorsement!) - particularly in his comparison with 'Morse'. I am an
>> ex-police officer as well as (now) an archaeologist, and can see the
>> We seem to have overlooked two aspects, one of which relates to all TV
>> archaeology - namely that anything that attracts people to archaeology,
>> more importantly raises its profile - does little wrong in my book.
>> professionally we can take issue with some aspects - that most of the
>> general public would miss. Fine. Get them involved, then when they
>> the subject, make the correction. The key is - GET THEM INVOLVED!
>> The second aspect is that the programme actually touched on something
>> we as archaeologists should be constantly aware of - nationalism in
>> archaeology, and having seen the trailer for next weeks I think it might
>> even more to the fore...
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