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Digging for Britain

  • 2019
  • Season 8
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts explores archaeological digs across the nation, revealing a treasure trove of exciting and unusual finds.

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Episode 2: North

Summary

In Northern Ireland, the graveyard of a Victorian workhouse sheds light on one of the most traumatic periods of modern Irish history, the Great Famine of 1845. A team from Sheffield University want to understand the lives of people who occupied a village near the famous caves at Cresswell Crags in Nottinghamshire, and near Lincoln, a revisit to an Anglo Saxon site near proves rewarding

Review

There’s a lot to cram into this week’s episode of archaeological reports, which covers the North. Although that “North” extends from Leicestershire to Orkney via Northern Ireland. Maybe there should be more episodes…
 
As ever, the stories behind the digs are fascinating. We learn more about what’s supposed to be the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Tudor England’s short-reigned queen; while the effects of the Great Famine are revealed in the graveyard of a Northern Irish workhouse.

There’s witchcraft in Nottinghamshire, silver in Lincolnshire and, on the island of Rousay in Orkney, where you’re always tripping over the past (or Neil Oliver), new evidence of Viking activity.

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2019-11-27
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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
ReporterNaoise Mac Sweeney
Executive producerEamon Hardy
Series producerPaul Olding
ProducerGareth Sacala

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    In Northern Ireland, the graveyard of a Victorian workhouse sheds light on one of the most traumatic periods of modern Irish history, the Great Famine of 1845. A team from Sheffield University want to understand the lives of people who occupied a village near the famous caves at Cresswell Crags in Nottinghamshire, and near Lincoln, a revisit to an Anglo Saxon site near proves rewarding

    Review

    There’s a lot to cram into this week’s episode of archaeological reports, which covers the North. Although that “North” extends from Leicestershire to Orkney via Northern Ireland. Maybe there should be more episodes…
     
    As ever, the stories behind the digs are fascinating. We learn more about what’s supposed to be the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Tudor England’s short-reigned queen; while the effects of the Great Famine are revealed in the graveyard of a Northern Irish workhouse.

    There’s witchcraft in Nottinghamshire, silver in Lincolnshire and, on the island of Rousay in Orkney, where you’re always tripping over the past (or Neil Oliver), new evidence of Viking activity.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2019-11-27
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    ReporterNaoise Mac Sweeney
    Executive producerEamon Hardy
    Series producerPaul Olding
    ProducerGareth Sacala
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