Digging For Britain

Julian Richards begins a new series charting the lives of five archaeologists who, in their own times, were outstanding and innovative explorers of our past.


01William Stukeley20040901

One of the most curious and complex of 18th century English eccentrics, Stukeley was a doctor of medicine, a clergyman and a pioneering archaeologist. Yet despite his genuine gift for fieldwork and observation, history records him as the man solely responsible for introducing the idea of Druids to Stonehenge.

02Sir Richard Colt Hoare20040908

Julian Richards explores the life of an 18th century archaeologist with enough time, land and money to dig where he wanted, when he wanted. Colt Hoare's social and financial status opened doors and made connections, but just how good was the archaeology? Was he a genuine innovator, or simply a rich patron who fed on the talents of those around him who lacked his advantages?

03Augustus Pitt-rivers20040915

is often regarded as the father of modern archaeology.

04Osbert Crawford20040922

Osbert served with the Royal Flying Corps when he realised the potential of aerial photography in charting landscapes.

05 LASTSir Mortimer Wheeler20040929

The first archaeologist of the television age, Mortimer Wheeler was acutely aware of his public persona, and a consummate performer. Julian Richards considers his impact on the understanding of British archaeology, and explores the motivations of the man through those who knew him.