Something interesting coming up on the BBC.

The BBC has come up with Dig 1940 to mark the 70th anniversary of 1940. Even though the first episode sounds like a rerun of the Time Team Wierre-Effroy dig the hint of people playing around in the dirt intrigues me.  This is true even if I think of the explanations from David Macaulay’s Motel of the Mysteries when I hear the archaeologists pontificating on little pieces of ceramics or metal.

I don’t think the archaeologists are as far off the mark as they were in Motel of the Mysteries, but still I do question how accurate their educated guesses may be. I mean Macauley mentioned a porcelain sarcophagus!

I’m curious as to what Tony Robinson would have to say about that thought since he would give a more interesting answer than Phil, Carenza, or Mick.  Although it would be interesting if the three archaeologists opined about that.

Anyway, I have to admit to a fascination with archaeology and what it can teach us about our past.

This is what led me to the Dig 1940 site.

See also Time Team

For those who don’t know about David Macaulay’s Motel of the Mysteries, here’s a teaser

It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson’s incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of them on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

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