Series 20 - Episode 5 Warriors



In a heartening and even life-affirming episode, the Time Team-ers join members of the charity Operation Nightingale at a dig on Salisbury Plain. Soldiers from The Rifles injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are working on Barrow Clump, an Anglo-Saxon burial ground rich in skeletons and artefacts. It’s an effective way of helping the men – some of whom have lost limbs, or suffered from depression and post traumatic stress – to overcome their injuries, both mental and physical. Says one of his dig experience, “I’ve definitely found myself again.”

In fact, it’s so successful that one volunteer is about to go to university to study, of course, archaeology.


Tony Robinson and his team head to an army training ground on Salisbury Plain to discover what lies beneath the Barrow Clump, a huge mound of earth built by Bronze Age people to bury their dead. More than 2,500 years later, the Anglo-Saxons re-used the location as a burial site, leaving behind some fascinating artefacts. The team is joined for the dig by a group of wounded soldiers whose members are being trained in archaeology as part of their rehabilitation.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Sian Price
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Producer Sian Price
Series Producer Tim Taylor