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Digging for Britain

  • Season 2
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History
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Episode 2: Invaders

Summary

Alice Roberts explores archaeological digs at sites dating back to the Viking age, offering an insight into how the seafaring warriors from Scandinavia lived across Britain. In the Outer Hebrides, she examines signs of the earliest Norse settlers, before inspecting a collection of silver and gold pieces discovered in York. There is also a look at some of the most treasured Viking finds, including 12th-century ivory chess figures the Lewis Chessmen.

Review

Jolly Alice Roberts continues to yomp around windy Britain in her quest for treasure. This week she’s on the trail of the Vikings, which takes her to the Outer Hebrides and Orkney, where she hunts for evidence of earlier Viking settlers and visits an archaeological dig at a Viking chief’s citadel.

She also looks at some infamous Viking finds, including the amazing, 12th-century Lewis Chessmen, discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis and at the centre of new research.

Of course, no journey through Viking Britain would be complete without a trip to York: Jorvik, heart of the northern kingdom, functioned as the capital of Viking Britain.

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  • Episode 2

    Invaders

    Summary

    Alice Roberts explores archaeological digs at sites dating back to the Viking age, offering an insight into how the seafaring warriors from Scandinavia lived across Britain. In the Outer Hebrides, she examines signs of the earliest Norse settlers, before inspecting a collection of silver and gold pieces discovered in York. There is also a look at some of the most treasured Viking finds, including 12th-century ivory chess figures the Lewis Chessmen.

    Review

    Jolly Alice Roberts continues to yomp around windy Britain in her quest for treasure. This week she’s on the trail of the Vikings, which takes her to the Outer Hebrides and Orkney, where she hunts for evidence of earlier Viking settlers and visits an archaeological dig at a Viking chief’s citadel.

    She also looks at some infamous Viking finds, including the amazing, 12th-century Lewis Chessmen, discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis and at the centre of new research.

    Of course, no journey through Viking Britain would be complete without a trip to York: Jorvik, heart of the northern kingdom, functioned as the capital of Viking Britain.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAlice Roberts

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSarah Jobling
    Executive producerJohn Farren
    ProducerSarah Jobling
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