Back in June 2020 I was invited to speak to the fabulous Rosie at the History Eh? podcast about the politics and public archaeology of the Early Middle Ages.
Today, I was back on History Eh? to address a related theme. As part of the continuing popular and enthusiastic reception to the new Netflix film The Dig, I was invited to reflect on (a) the story of Sutton Hoo’s Mound 1 and (b) the way The Dig represented the 1939 excavations. In many ways, this is indeed a case study in the public archaeology of the early medieval period, including the nationalistic romanticism of the excavation and its popular reception on the eve of the Second World War, as well as the emotional and mortuary dimensions of the dig and the finds portrayed.
I also outline a little bit of my own time at Sutton Hoo in 1991 as well! Sutton Hoo was my second-ever archaeological dig!
This was my fourth podcast and I waffled on so much Rosie had to edit it into two instalments, one part exploring each of the aforementioned topics.
You might be correct in thinking I have flogged The Dig to death on this Archaeodeath blog, so unless I get any further invites from the media, I think I will call it a day here. I will, however, record a short Archaeodeath YouTube video in due course to summarise my thoughts.