An archaeology of archaeology documentaries? Has it come to this?

So what’s the story with archaeology documentaries?

Audiences love them, broadcasters love to schedule them, and archaeologists love and hate them both at once – and that’s just TV! What about cinema? Newsreels? Ethnographic films? Experimental shorts? Interactive platforms?

This blog is about archaeology documentaries in all their forms: what’s out there, how can you watch it and can you trust it? Every week I’ll post reviews of archaeology documentaries (old and new), unpack the latest academic debates in the field, and share with you the gems I discover as I sift through the wealth of over 100 years of archaeology documentaries! (Basically all the stuff I can’t fit in my PhD – and some of the stuff I’m working out as I go along).

To get us started let’s go back to the start! Check out this newsreel from British Pathé, capturing archaeology’s greatest media event: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. The film itself is indeed a treasure, a ‘wonderful thing!’

Stay tuned for more!