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!
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 weâ€™ve been promoting the dig online in a handful of venues. I see that youâ€™re fascinated by Stonehenge (me too â€“ 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 Channelâ€™s David Royal has been live blogging and sharing photos. David just got back to the US and weâ€™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 â€˜druid breadâ€™ that was passed onto him by one of the druids at Stonehenge).
Finally, we are sharing Davidâ€™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 youâ€™d like to learn some more. Also, if youâ€™re interested in getting a review copy of the documentary Iâ€™d be happy to send you one in a few months time when it is ready to air.
Stephen M. Robinson
Smithsonian Channel Community Administrator
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.
and Firefox says:
Please let the site administrators know!
It turns out that The Smithsonian Channels website is not viewable from outside the US.