I'll Dig With It

In one of the most famous last lines of modern poetry, Seamus Heaney resolves to use his pen as a spade and excavate.

Like many poets, Heaney is drawn to archaeology.

Christine Finn, an archaeologist and poet herself, explores the connections between these two crafts.

She visits the bogs of Jutland, whose Tollund man inspired Heaney.

She talks to U A Fanthorpe about her fascination with Sutton Hoo, and to Jeremy Hooker about shaping the layered, fragmented ground in poetry.

At a recent dig, with the poet Mario Petrucci, she tested the links between the poetic and archaeological process.

Petrucci's new poem, Terranauts, written as a result, is heard here for the first time.

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In one of the most famous last lines of modern poetry, Seamus Heaney resolves to use his pen as a spade and excavate.

Like many poets, Heaney is drawn to archaeology.

Christine Finn, an archaeologist and poet herself, explores the connections between these two crafts.

She visits the bogs of Jutland, whose Tollund man inspired Heaney.

She talks to U A Fanthorpe about her fascination with Sutton Hoo, and to Jeremy Hooker about shaping the layered, fragmented ground in poetry.

At a recent dig, with the poet Mario Petrucci, she tested the links between the poetic and archaeological process.

Petrucci's new poem, Terranauts, written as a result, is heard here for the first time.