Archaeodeath is due to hit the small screen, and hit it hard!
This is an interim statement about the fact that I’ve been busy filming for two upcoming TV programmes, both due out in 2021!
First, for ITV, I was filmed on the Offa’s Dyke Path close to the Devil’ Pulpit opposite Tintern. Presenter Sean Fletcher is walking the Offa’s Dyke Path as part of the Wonders of the Border programme. The follow up to the sucessful Wonders of the Coast Path series presented by Sean, his south-to-north exploration of the Welsh border will involve multiple encounters with Offa’s Dyke. He asked me all about Offa’s Dyke at one of its best-preserved stretches where it tops the eastern scarp of the Wye Valley.
Second, for the BBC, I was filmed at the Margam Stones Museum at Margam Abbey. Presenter Huw Stephens interviewed me about the significance of early medieval stone crosses for the ecclesiastical landscape of Margam and across Wales more broadly for a series called The Story of Welsh Art.
The only downside of this second interview was the fact that the crew were filming both before and after I visited, so I couldn’t take my own photographs of the lovely stones. Instead, here is a photograph of the 9th-/10th-century Conbelin stone from the Coflein website.
As important for my research and sanity as the fun of being filmed talking about the period and the material I’m passionate to communicate about, I got a chance to visit various sites in South Wales after a long hiatus and a stiffling lockdown period through the spring and summer. More blogs on those site-visits are to come!
Regarding the TV appearances, having appeared at two locations for Christianity: A History (2009), and then in Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts (2018) and Britain’s Viking Graveyard (2019), these will constitute my 4th and 5th television documentaries when they air! So, while I’m hardly a TV celebrity, I’ve most certainly opened an account in making occasional TV appearances spouting early medieval archaeo-babble.