The Dig (Paperback) - John Preston

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By John Preston - critically-acclaimed author behind the latest Netflix smash and BAFTA nominated motion picture, 'The Dig'. The film that everyone's talking about reimagines the real-life discovery of one of England's most iconic archaeological sites

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Media tie-in edition (7 Jan. 2021) 
  • ISBN: 9780241989630 
  • Number of pages: 240 
  • Weight: 170 g 
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm 


Watch our exclusive interview's with John below discussing one of Britain's most incredible archaeological discoveries: Sutton Hoo, and his personal inspiration behind the book 'The Dig', with Time Team's Series Producer Tim Taylor. They even discuss his own Time Team fantasy dig site and reveal one of more unusual finds to be discovered at Sutton Hoo.


A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a BAFTA nominated motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James.

In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find...

John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the one of, if not the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatises three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.


*UPDATE* Time Team is delighted to be working in partnership with the National Trust to carry out new cutting-edge geophysics and photogrammetry surveys at the official Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Ground at Sutton Hoo, and adjacent cemeteries. Find out more here.

Time Team is also excited to be invited to film the reconstruction on the original Anglo-Saxon Ship discovered at the historic site, buried in the 7th century now being reborn in the 21st. This is being run by the Sutton Hoo Ship's Company and we will be sharing updates on this project soon. 


Film stills courtesy of Larry Horricks / Netflix (c) 2021

Photo Credit: John Preston (c) Justine Stoddart, 2020, United Agents, & Penguin Random House

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