Time Team

High Ham, Somerset

Season 18, Ep 3, Aired 2/20/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Romans on the Range The experts are given an opportunity to dig at an army firing range in High Ham, Somerset, as they investigate a set of mosaics first discovered 150 years ago. Initial searches suggest the remains of Roman villas could be located on the site, and the team begins to build up a picture of the highs and lows of life in Roman society - until the weather threatens to bring the excavation to a premature halt.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Robinson

    Presenter

  • Mick Aston

    Archaeologist

  • Phil Harding

    Archaeologist

  • John Gater

    Geophysicist

  • Stewart Ainsworth

    Archaeological Surveyor

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Tony: Back in the days of Queen Victoria, an amateur archaeologist made an intriguing discovery underneath these Somerset fields; two Roman mosaics. Have a look at this drawing; see the detail in that rose pattern there? Cracking evidence of a Roman villa. But that's not all; experts think there could be even better mosaics still down there although there's a very good reason why they haven't tried to look.

      For the last 100 years this whole area has been an Army firing range. So for three days the guns are going to fall silent, allowing us to finish the job that started a hundred and fifty years ago.

    • Tony: Tracey, there's excited whispers from the other trench that you've found a little bit of the mosaic.

      Tracey: We have Tony, yeah. You can see we've got a little bit in here, and another little bit beyond where Raksha's working.

      Raksha: A little bit of the mosaic, come on Tony it's carrying on underneath here so I think we're going to have to extend the trench back this way.

      Tony: There's a gap in the middle there, do you think you've accidentally hit it?

      Raksha: No, we didn't hit it. It's most probably plough damage. If you look at the section, we're not that far from the top.

    • Phil: So, you'd be living in a Villa like this, I'd be living in a round-house.

      Neil: That's exactly how it would be.

    • Phil: Until we get a windbreak, we aint digging out there.

      Tony: For even Phil to down tools for the first time in 18 years, things must be bad. It's turning out to be one of the hardest digs we've ever had.

    Notes (3)

    • International Air Dates:

      Australia: 18th July 2011

    • Featured Finds:

      4th Century Roman Nummis Coin

      1st Century Dolphin brooch

      2nd Century Egg Spoon

      4th Century Theodosian Nummis

    • Project:

      Slave for a Day -Matt Williams

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