Digging for Britain

West

Series 5 - Episode 1 West

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Alice Roberts returns for another series catching up with the latest archaeological digs up and down Britain. In future episodes we’ll be checking in with teams in the East and North, but for now, we’re in the West, and of course we’re never far from the centre of our ancient past, Stonehenge. There’s been an important find nearby, which fills in some gaps in our knowledge of how this “sacred landscape” was used in Neolithic times – and there’s a familiar face showing us his delight at the discovery.

But Salisbury Plain is important to students of more recent history, too, and military archaeologists have found some lost First World War training trenches. In Pembrokeshire, a cemetery uncovered after storms, tells us, movingly, much about how people in the Dark Ages cared for their children, in life and in death.

Summary

Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs around the UK, starting with the west of Britain. Fiinds include the lost First World War training trenches on Salisbury Plain, and Britain's first double henge - discovered just down the road from Stonehenge.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alice Roberts
Director Graham Cooper
Executive Producer Emma Parkins
Series Producer Graham Cooper
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