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Digging for Britain

  • Season 5
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History

Summary

Highlighting the best archaeological discoveries from around the country.

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Episode 1: West

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.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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  • Episode 1

    West

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGraham Cooper
    Executive producerEmma Parkins
    Series producerGraham Cooper
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