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Digging for Britain

  • 2021
  • Season 7
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts explores 2018's most exciting archaeological finds.

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Episode 4: Iron Age Chariot

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts follows archaeologists as they unearth Britain's most spectacular iron-age grave, a chariot burial in East Yorkshire. The programme also follows two other archaeological digs, an Iron-Age hill fort found in North Wales, and the remains of six roundhouses on the bed of Loch Tay in Perthshire, Scotland

Review

The Romans described the Iron Age residents of Britain as bloodthirsty savages, and it’s a label that’s stuck. But archaeology is revealing the story of our ancestors to be much more complex. In this special episode, Professor Alice Roberts takes a close look at some recent excavations. The most exciting is from East Yorkshire, where a chariot burial – complete with horses, and joints of pork! – has emerged from a construction site. It’s an amazing sight.

Farther north, in Perthshire, scientists are surveying the bed of Loch Tay for the remnants of crannogs (roundhouses), testament to the sophisticated skills of 2,500-year-old builders. While in north Wales, what was believed to have been a hill fort might be something quite different. “This is really gorgeous archaeology!” exclaims one keen digger.

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
ReporterRaksha Dave
Executive producerEmma Parkins
Executive producerEamon Hardy
Series producerNick Gillam-Smith
DirectorTom Ranson
EditorGerard Evans

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  • Summary

    Professor Alice Roberts follows archaeologists as they unearth Britain's most spectacular iron-age grave, a chariot burial in East Yorkshire. The programme also follows two other archaeological digs, an Iron-Age hill fort found in North Wales, and the remains of six roundhouses on the bed of Loch Tay in Perthshire, Scotland

    Review

    The Romans described the Iron Age residents of Britain as bloodthirsty savages, and it’s a label that’s stuck. But archaeology is revealing the story of our ancestors to be much more complex. In this special episode, Professor Alice Roberts takes a close look at some recent excavations. The most exciting is from East Yorkshire, where a chariot burial – complete with horses, and joints of pork! – has emerged from a construction site. It’s an amazing sight.

    Farther north, in Perthshire, scientists are surveying the bed of Loch Tay for the remnants of crannogs (roundhouses), testament to the sophisticated skills of 2,500-year-old builders. While in north Wales, what was believed to have been a hill fort might be something quite different. “This is really gorgeous archaeology!” exclaims one keen digger.

    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
    2018-12-19
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    ReporterRaksha Dave
    Executive producerEmma Parkins
    Executive producerEamon Hardy
    Series producerNick Gillam-Smith
    DirectorTom Ranson
    EditorGerard Evans
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