Deborah Ross

Remarkably moving: The Dig reviewed

This film about the Sutton Hoo discoveries is thrilling

The sublime Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty and Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown in The Dig. Image: Larry Horricks / Netflix © 2021

Just before the outbreak of the second world war a discovery was made in a riverside field at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. It was an immense buried boat, dating from the 7th century, and it yielded gilded treasure after gilded treasure, thereby wholly changing our understanding of the Dark Ages.

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