“The Dig” (2021, starring Ralph Fiennes) told the gripping human story of the unearthing of the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial in the summer of 1939. But the movie left much unsaid about the extraordinary range of treasures excavated. Timothy Graham provides an in-depth, richly illustrated account of the greatest of all medieval archaeological discoveries and what it can tell us about the culture of seventh-century England, a society in process of transition from paganism to Christianity.
Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents’ Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Introduction to Manuscript Studies and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.