A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
It's a little disconcerting, interviewing Joyce Bowler. First I reach her
voice mail, then I'm directed to her mobile phone, and all the while the
image I match to her disembodied voice is of a woman born before the
telephone was invented. Over the past year, Joyce, her husband Paul, and four of their five children have become familiar to British television viewers as a time-traveling family, transported to a Victorian house in the shadow of London's Millennium Dome. The screening of the series on PBS in June will enable millions more to share the trials and tribulations of this
warts-and-all attempt to live a century in the past. The program's
Victorian specialist Daru Rooke explains: "It's a period that's within
living memory, but will seem as strange to a modern family as a Roman
The 1900 House
A Wall to Wall Television production forChannel 4 (UK) in association withThirteen/WNET New York
Four one-hour episodes premieringnationally Mondays 9PM starting
June 12 on PBS (check local listings)To order, call 1-800-336-1917.
Christine Finn lectures at Oxford and is writing a biography of the archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes.
No more sunburn, mosquito bites, and sore muscles; archaeology students can
now excavate using real archaeological data at a "virtual field school."
Mayfield Publishing Company's Virtual Dig, a combination workbook and
CD-ROM, is based on an actual excavation that took place between 1987 and
1991 at the Middle Palaeolithic (ca. 55,000 years ago) site of
Combe-Capelle in southwestern France. This excavation, conducted by Harold
Dibble of the University of Pennsylvania and his French colleague, Michel
Lenoir of the Université de Bordeaux, employed modern excavation techniques
including laser theodolites, electronic distance meters, and on-site
computers. While the workbook-CD package functions primarily as a teaching
tool for undergraduate anthropology majors, it is appropriate for nearly
everyone with an interest in the field.
Virtual Dig: A Simulated
Archaeological Excavation of aMiddle Palaeolothic Site in France
H.L. Dibble, S.P McPherron, B.J. Roth
Simsbury, CT: Mayfield Publishing
Company, 1999. $29.95
(Pentium processor, 16 MB RAM,
Steven B. Mertens is a senior research scientist at the University of Illinois' Center for Prevention Research and Development.