Refining a Pilot Film

 Archaeology from the Ashes is a film short about wildfire and  archaeology  in California. It focuses on the San Diego back country, where a complex topography and a convoluted wildland/urban interface together with older fire suppression practices  which are now widely questioned contributed  to the ferocity of a string of wildfires between 2000 and 2010.  One […]

Ye Sygne of Swanne

Off to the North Country  I went to help produce an episode of archaeological television. So, what would  be my line? One of the decisions interns have to make is what aspect of the production they most want to work on. A few months ago I might have said camerawork, but I am firmly moving […]

A Visit with Lucy, Darwin and Michele Guieu

Michele Guieu is a French artist who recently created a largely  ephemeral installation contemplating her own relationship with and influences from palaeontology, Darwinian evolutionary theory and her experiences living in Africa with her parents as a child. The Art Produce Gallery is a small space adjacent to an excellent coffee bar in San Diego. It’s […]

Visiting the Purton Hulks

Last week’s field trip involved the reconnoitre of the Severn foreshore between Sharpness and Gloucester on the eastern side, and then down to Lydney on the west bank. This means we largely looked at maritime and industrial  sites, and of those we saw, the most spectacular was the “Purton Hulks”. Also the most interesting in […]


Here’s the problem: They make TV dramas about all sorts of occupations; crab fishermen, lawyers, doctors, ice-truckers. The excellent A Very Peculiar Practice even made academic environments look intriguing and Third Rock from the Sun had some fun with anthropology.  So why can’t they make a good dramatic or humorous series about archaeologists then? Bonekickers, a 6 part series shown in […]