Reimagining the Sutton Hoo dig, the greatest Anglo-Saxon archaeological discovery on British soil, John Preston brilliantly dramatizes three months of intense activity on a small estate when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.
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. Pretty, a widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As an archaeological dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find, and the discovery leads to a host of jealousies and tensions.
Elegantly crafted with great tenderness and a poignant attention to detail, The Dig is more than a novel about archaeology. At its very core, this is a novel about the traces of life we all leave behind.
©2007 John Preston (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Was drawn to this after reading a nice review in the New York Times, and knowing little about Sutton Hoo beyond the famous helmet images. the characters are well drawn but ultimately sketchy. it's a modest effort, but quite listenable and even gentle in its approach to history and the extraordinary find st Sutton Hoo. And it definitely piqued my interest in visiting myself one day. Good readers as well.
As a fan of time team and teacher of history. I loved this narrative well done and narrators only enhance the story. Throughly enjoyed. Would love more from the writer with other sites.
Very much a fictionalized account of a significant archeological discovery in England in 1939. The prose is arather dry and factual, but the subject is interesting and the narration is well-done. But don't expect a page-turner, because this is NOT that kind of story.
I found the language usage to be very effective, and reminiscent of Thomas Hardy.. A great cast of characters which were well developed, each with a different voice.
When the first archeologist is replaced by a "big shot." That made me mad.
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