In a conference that was generally concerned with bringing archaeology to the interested layperson, there was a series of presentations about Archaeology in the Media.
Archaeozoo has already posted a ‘heads-up’ about a new television entertainment, Bonekickers. During his presentation, Dr Mark Horton referred to this new television series and displayed images from the scenes of ‘finding the True Cross’ which engendered a ripple of bemused tittering from the audience – I don’t think he expected that reaction.
Based in fact, the series has on board the expertise of Dr Mark Horton, Head of Archaeology at Bristol University, a specialist in the archaeology of historical societies around the world and Bonekickers consultant on the factual evidence and background to the relics featured in each episode.
Tim Taylor dwelt on the problems of the scheduling of Time Team* at the same time as the competition of celebrities-dancing-on-ice and their presenter displaying her cleavage. There may be some inadvertent bum-cleavage displayed on TT, but sartorial elegance is rarely a concern with avid watchers. Did you know that Channel 4 do not feel the need to trailer the TT series any more when it’s about to run on television? If TT starts to lose its audience, what next? Time Team on Ice?
It wasn’t all meejah, there were some most excellent presenters, quipping and debating (What have the Romans ever done for us? was a lively set of for-and-against papers), as well as introducing some of the recent research and discoveries.
*Just had notification that Dr Sam Newton will be the historian for Time Team, on Feb 24th at 5:45pm in Leicester and again, on 30th March, at the King Harold Hunting Lodge in South Wales.