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Digging for Britain

2010TV-14
In this “incredibly interesting” (The Independent, UK) documentary series, Professor Alice Roberts (Time Team) explores the most exciting archaeological finds from across Britain. From an Iron Age chariot to Viking treasures, from Roman burials to World War II relics, see how these discoveries are rewriting history, with expert analysis from historians and archaeologists.
Starring
Alice Roberts
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Romans
    August 18, 2010
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Prof. Alice Roberts explores finds from Britain’s Roman past, examining a huge coin hoard unearthed from a Somerset field, the tragic mystery of a Roman villa site where archaeologists are reevaluating the excavated remains of 97 murdered infants, and a man who was for some reason buried face-down on a bed of meat at a fort near Hadrian’s Wall.
  2. 2. Prehistory
    August 25, 2010
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Journeying much farther back in time, Roberts heads to Norfolk to see flint tools that push the earliest human occupation in the area back by 200,000 years, to around a million years ago. Far up north in the Orkney Islands, an ancient farm provides glimpses of early religious beliefs and customs. Back down south in Devon lies one of the oldest-known shipwrecks as well as a Bronze Age burial site.
  3. 3. Anglo-Saxons
    September 1, 2010
    49min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Anglo-Saxons divided Britain and heralded the arrival of the Dark Ages, but were they really just barbarians? Prof. Roberts visits key sites that throw light on this most mysterious of periods, including the royal seat of power at Bamburgh, Northumbria, where skeletons tell tales of violent death but also of tenderness.
  4. 4. The Tudors
    September 9, 2010
    52min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Tudor period brought momentous changes to Britain. Prof. Roberts views excavations at Shakespeare’s first theatre and at his home, finding clues about his frugality. She also uncovers the brutal realities of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in Wales, learns the rich history of a forgotten palace on the muddy banks of the Thames, and explores a shipwreck from this age of discovery.

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Producers
360 Production
Network
Acorn TV