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Intermission

Followers of this blog will have noticed my posts are getting progressively thinner and thinner – the direct consequence of my thesis draft getting progressively thicker and thicker. This year I am ‘writing up’ and hope to deliver both the final thesis and more publications come Christmas. In the interim you can still find me tweeting regularly @archdox, and rediscovering any religion that will throw some luck my way:

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And don’t forget to press record!

Archdox is going to be on hiatus for a month as I’ll be out putting my money where my mouth typing is by filming a 4-week archaeological excavation in Greece. Stay tuned though, because if all goes to plan, I’ll be writing about the experience for months to come as one of my PhD case studies. Expect much reflecting on dumb mistakes the getting of archaeological wisdom. There might even be a real, broadcast-able documentary in it. Might be.

In the meantime you can still follow me @archdox on twitter and on facebook!

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!