Timewatch Excavation of Stonehenge

Beaker Pottery found at Stonehenge - (c) BBC 2008

The BBC Timewatch programme is covering the first excavation of Stonehenge since 1964 which started on March 31st and runs until April 11th. Their website has details of the background to the excavation, the experts that have organised it and daily video reports from the trenches (ahem).

For the first few days they’ve been going through the spoil from previous excavations which has been worthwhile in its own right, finding a hammer stone and a piece of beaker pottery that was missed before.

But now they’ve moved onto undisturbed layers so keep an eye on the site, it could get rather interesting!

3 thoughts on “Timewatch Excavation of Stonehenge

  1. I came across your post on the current Stonehenge excavation today while doing some research for my client the Smithsonian Channel. The Smithsonian Channel is partnering with the BBC to film the documentary of the excavation, and we’ve been promoting the dig online in a handful of venues. I see that you’re fascinated by Stonehenge (me too – I hope to visit some day soon) and I thought you might be interested to check out some of the content the Smithsonian Channel has from the dig.

    There is an area at the Smithsonian Channel website with the same daily dig update videos as at the BBC and a great deal of other information, you can find it here: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/show_stonehenge.do

    We also have some unique content from Stonehenge where the Smithsonian Channel’s David Royal has been live blogging and sharing photos. David just got back to the US and we’ll be uploading a bunch of video from him in the next few days. All his content is at his profile in the Smithsonian Channel Community here (for example just yesterday he shared a recipe for ‘druid bread’ that was passed onto him by one of the druids at Stonehenge).

    Finally, we are sharing David’s photos from the site (with Creative Commons attribution) at a dedicated Flickr account: http://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian-channel-stonehenge-excavation.

    Let me know if you’d like to learn some more. Also, if you’re interested in getting a review copy of the documentary I’d be happy to send you one in a few months time when it is ready to air.

    Best regards,

    Stephen M. Robinson
    Smithsonian Channel Community Administrator


  2. Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for all that information, I’d be very happy to review that documentary!

    The Smithsonian Channel website ( http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/ ) seems to be broken at the moment, two separate browsers give errors about it having circular redirections.

    Konqueror says:

    An error occurred while loading http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/show_stonehenge.do:

    Found a cyclic link in http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/lockout/lockout.do.

    and Firefox says:

    Redirect Loop

    Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

    The browser has stopped trying to retrieve the requested item.

    Please let the site administrators know!

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