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The Great British Dig: History in Your Back Garden (Hardcover)

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The Great British Dig brings history and archaeology closer to home than ever before.

Each week a team of archaeologists (led by presenter Hugh Dennis) descend on streets and gardens the length and breadth of the country to discover the treasures we have been living right on top of without realising. In this official tie-in book, on-screen expert Dr Chloë Duckworth digs deeper into the sites the show visited, as well as giving practical tips and advice for anyone who wants to have a go themselves.

Uncovering a lost world of human stories just a few shovelfuls beneath our feet, Chloë explores the team's techniques in fascinating detail, offering new insights and explanations about the discoveries made. As well as revealing the actual frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain, the Tudor palace of an Elizabethan spymaster, a revolutionary Victorian prison, a Second World War military base, and a prehistoric village under a school playing field, Chloë includes lots of information for anyone wanting to give it a go themselves.

The book is packed with features, tip boxes and practical advice about digging in your own back garden, researching your local area for clues about what might have been there centuries ago, and dating things you may find. Highly illustrated, the book includes images never seen on screen, as well as archive photos and illustrations that bring history to life, and identification guides to bones, pottery, tools, coins and other things you might come across yourself.

Foreword by Hugh Dennis, presenter of The Great British Dig.

About the Author

Dr Chloë Duckworth is one of the expert co-presenters on The Great British Dig. She is a lecturer in Archaeology at Newcastle University, and posts popular archaeology-related videos on YouTube and TikTok as ArchaeoDuck. In 2017 she was part of the BBC Expert Women project and in 2019 she was a presenter at the New Scientist Live Show

Praise For…

“A beautiful book, bursting with accounts of archaeological digs, practical information and rich historical context. It will be treasured by fans of history and archaeology.” —Dan Snow, historian and TV presenter

“My first brush with the wonderful world of archaeology was, as a child, discovering tiny pieces of pottery in my own back garden. With excavations in gardens all over the UK, this book reveals the astonishing breadth of British archaeology – in a brilliantly accessible way.” —Professor Alice Roberts, anthropologist, author and TV presenter

“This book gives a brilliant blow-by blow account of how archaeologists approach excavations. By using a combination of science, interpretation and research it clearly shows how the process of archaeological digging actually happens – and doubles up as a 'how-to' guide.” —Raksha Dave, President of the Council for British Archaeology

“BOOK OF THE MONTH - With fascinating explorations of sites from the show and advice on your own findings, The Great British Dig will help you to explore the fascinating history that can be found close to home.” —Countryside magazine

“A joy to read. Beautifully presented and crammed with colour photos. Duckworth's brightly conversational prose zips along, offering behind-the-scenes insights and dashes of humour.” —Current Archaeology

“A good archaeological primer.” —British Archaeology

“Visually splendid. Enthusiastically written. Easy to follow. Lots of practical advice. Ground-breaking stuff.” —Best of British

“practical advice… a must-read for fans of the series.” —This England

Product Details
ISBN: 9781844866267
ISBN-10: 1844866262
Publisher: Conway
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English