Greetings once again, gentle readers! As it’s summer and a good handful of us are either on breaks or ‘funemployed’, I thought I’d do a brief post detailing the current offerings of archaeological/historical programming available on a TV or computer near you.
First up, we have the infamous Chasing Mummies. Now, this is not my favorite show, but I kind of have to include it because it’s all shiny and new AND because I happen to know one of the people on it. It’s my duty as a University of Bristol graduate to pimp out the exciting things coming out of Bristol, and this would be one of them! So go ahead and support a fellow archaeology graduate by watching an episode or 2. This show is a bit too sensationalized for my taste but word on the street is that people are enjoying it so feel free to give it a watch. *Disclaimer: I can pretty much guarantee that any actual archaeological experience would be nothing like this. Also, you can’t really lose mummies. They either stay where you put them or where someone else put them…which may or may not be in a different spot 😛 You can’t lose pyramids for that matter either…but that’s for the next paragraph. And remember, don’t be a ‘double denim don’t’! Mixing denims is acceptable if they are different types/colors: dark wash with light wash, blue with gray, etc. Sorry, Zahi 😦
The Lost Pyramid! Or The Lost [insert your favorite ancient monument here]! Now I should probably make it clear that I’m not bagging on Zahi Hawass or anything, but there does seem to be a large number of overly sensationalized shows regarding things in Egypt that he is part of. This is yet another offering from The History Channel that I’ve seen several commercials for, so unless someone forgot where a pyramid was, I don’t think it’s actually ‘lost’. Again, it’s a bit hard to lose a pyramid. They’re pretty large and they do tend to stay where you leave them.
The History Channel (and it’s sibling History International) seem to be the dumping ground for odd history shows, including (but in no way limited to): Ancient Aliens, Bible Codes (for all you Biblical archaeology fans out there…ok well not really. The shows are ultra-silly), Ancient Discoveries/Inventions/Marvels/Battles and such. Thankfully it looks like several of the more ridiculous 2012/Nostradamus shows aren’t in production currently so we have a bit of a reprieve from all that silliness.
I’m adding SciFi’s (I refuse to acknowledge this ‘SyFy’ shenaniganry) ‘Stonehenge Apocalypse‘ to this list because it is easily the most ridiculous SciFi Saturday movie I’ve seen in a long time. And I actually watched ‘Ice Twister’!! Filmed entirely on location in Vancouver, this cinematic offering involves several “archaeologists” and “scientists” who must figure out what to do when Stonehenge suddenly begins to rotate and shoot lazer beams AND cause earthquakes/volcanic eruptions at various points around the world. The tension is almost too much. Oh, and it stars Misha Collins for all you Supernatural fans out there.
National Geographic seems to be sticking to giant animal shows and environmental topics, but they do have a handful of shows on ancient matters such as The Nile and Dead Sea Scrolls, which always make for good viewing.
If you are fortunate enough to live in the UK, it’s always time for Time Team! 😀 Here’s the link for the episode I got to be part of: Colworth/Mystery of the Ice Cream Villa. And yes, we did get ice cream. It was awesome.
If none of these televised options sound good to you, I would always recommend popping in any of the Indiana Jones DVDs (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull does not count) or either season of Rome. Why? Because they’re awesome.
So get the popcorn ready, gentle readers, and enjoy some fine summer TV!