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Losing Your Trowel: the Five Stages of Grief

Considering how dearly archaeologists cherish their well-worn trowels, could breaking or, perish the thought, losing your favourite trowel follow a similar pattern to the five stages of grief (otherwise known as the Kübler-Ross model)? In search of enlightenment, serial trowel loser Brendon Wilkins retraced his steps, starting with… 1. Denial What are you on about? Of course […]

DigVentures and the BBC One Show: Devil Dog Black Shuck Returns!

Site Dog in control!

DigVentures’ massive media moment began this past June with a throw-away comment in a parish newsletter, which grew into a tongue-in-cheek story in the local paper, and then matured into a fully-fledged monster tale eagerly lapped up by the world’s media. DV Projects Director Brendon Wilkins here tells the REAL story of the archaeological discovery […]

The Legend of Black Shuck

You know you’re on to a winner when the Daily Mail runs an archaeology story with a question mark in the title. There’s always the hint of an archaeological discovery in there somewhere… but it’s down so deep you’ve got to drop another trench in just to find it. The big question we’ve always wondered […]

The 15 Best Viking Artefacts…

…You can see at the new British Museum exhibition As reviews go, the latest write-ups on the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition haven’t been great. Mark Hudson in the Daily Telegraph described the ‘baffling absences’ of star pieces from the museum’s own collections, suggesting that the ‘sociology of Vikingdom is well-served but not the visual culture.’ […]