The Dig

The Dig

Book - 2016
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"A succinct and witty literary venture that tells the strange story of a priceless treasure discovered in East Anglia on the eve of World War II. In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, the widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find. This fictional recreation of the famed Sutton Hoo dig follows three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. As the war looms ever closer, engraved gold peeks through the soil, and each character searches for answers in the buried treasure. Their threads of love, loss, and aspiration weave a common awareness of the past as something that can never truly be left behind"--
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781590517802
Branch Call Number: FIC PRESTON, JOHN
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 21 cm


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May 13, 2016

Having an interest in archaeology, I sought out the Sutton Hoo treasure in the British Museum. I was disappointed that most of it was being refurbished and not on display. So this book caught my eye, even though it's a novelization and not a nonfiction account of the dig. I don't know how well this book conforms to the actual dig. But the fact that the artifacts ended up in the BM indicates that the overall account is correct. The book itself is well written, and compelling. Told from the point of view of several characters, it's fast paced. Archaeologists probably will not consider the book adequate. Its focus is on the people involved, the times, and the general aspects of the ship and its meaning. I enjoyed it, reading it in one sitting. Now I'm looking for a nonfiction account for the layperson.


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