I was there ….

….at the first, new, two-day, conference event presented by the combined efforts of Current Archaeology magazine and the British Museum’s Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure.

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.

Whilst in London, we took the opportunity to see the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, which has been re-vamped since I last visited.

*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.


3 comments on “I was there ….

  1. archaeozoo says:

    I have to admit that I can’t decide what to make of ‘Bone Kickers’. The concept intrigues me, but at the same time the media’s conception of archaeology can often be so different from that of professionals in the field that the end result could be awful. Or not. Who knows? We shall just have to wait and see, I guess.

    I visited the Hunterian myself last time I was in London. I think it is well worth a visit, plus it’s in a nice area of London that is perhaps less visited than some. If you like architectural/archaeological curiosities, then it’s worth combining it with a visit to the Soanes Museum which is opposite on the other side of the square.

  2. saesferd says:

    Thank you for your comment, Archaeozoo.
    If it’s written by the creators of ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Bone Kickers’ should be quite entertaining at least. As for the archaeology, we will have to see how cringeworthy it is, or whether Mark Horton does have a strong enough influence over how it is portrayed. Either way will provide us with lots of future posts.

    Thank you for the suggestion about the Soanes Museum – I might have a look at that, the next time I’m in London.

  3. saesferd says:

    I have just browsed the official Soanes museum website at http://www.soane.org/ – a rather interesting collection and building.

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