Chronicle: Archaeology on Television | Excavations and reports from Sutton Hoo to Machu Picchu
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 November 1978
DURATION | 49 minutes 07 seconds
Professor Colin Renfrew and his team have been digging at Phylakopi, on the Greek island of Melos (now known as Milos) for ten years. During this time they've uncovered a great deal about Bronze Age and Classical Greece, including information on society after Minoan Crete took over the island and details of the population's diet 4,000 years ago. The project illustrates how an excavation is carried out and the care and dedication of those involved.
Colin Renfrew is one of the leading archaeologists of the 20th Century. He has published widely on Bronze Age Greece and prehistoric Europe and challenged the notion that European (and other) civilisations were formed after invasions from the Near East. More recently, Renfrew has turned his attention to the antiquities trade and the problem of looting from archaeological sites. He was made a life peer in 1991.
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