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Season 15 Episode 2

Binchester, County Durham.

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Jan 13, 2008 on Channel 4
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Binchester, County Durham.
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Street of the Dead Tony and the team tackle a huge Roman fort in County Durham. The stronghold was part of the defence of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Hadrian's Wall. The fort has fine mosaics and preserved rooms, but the Team have just three days to find out everything they can about the 'vicus', that's the civilian settlement around the fort, vital for the smooth running of the military machine and providing for the pleasures of the men garrisoned there. However, they soon discover something even more exciting during the dig - a series of military mausoleums, the first discovery of its kind for over 150 years.moreless

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    Ian Barclay

    Ian Barclay

    Digger Driver

    Guest Star

    Naomi Sewpaul

    Naomi Sewpaul

    Field Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Jackie McKinley

    Jackie McKinley

    Osteoarchaeologist

    Guest Star

    Guy de la Bedoyere

    Guy de la Bedoyere

    Roman Expert

    Recurring Role

    Ian Powlesland

    Ian Powlesland

    Digger/Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: In my hand is a piece of Roman brick. It's not very smart, we've probably seen hundreds of bits of brick like this before, except when you turn it over you can see that nearly 2000 years ago someone scrawled a list of names in it. There's Vincenti there, Morini there. They were probably some of the thousand or so soldiers who were stationed here at Vinovia, one of the largest Roman forts in northern England. For these common soldiers, life in the fort without food, warm clothes and entertainment, would have been impossible. They had to rely on the attached vicus, a civilian settlement that depended on and provided for, all the soldiers needs. But until very recently, these settlements have been almost entirely overlooked by archaeologists. So we're stepping outside the forts imposing ramparts to uncover the lost world of Vinovius vicus, the bars, the shops, and beyond them, the cemeteries which would have been such an essential part of life and death for Vinchentus and co. We've never had the opportunity to dig an entire vicus, before, probably because it's such a massive undertaking.

      • John: This is where it gets exciting
        Phil: Good God.
        Tony: What is that thing?
        Stewart: Some form of square structure
        Phil: Well that looks like a temple don't it.
        John: You said it, not me.
        Tony: Don't theorise, dig it!

      • Tony: With not one, but two discoveries of potentially national significance our hunt for the vicus takes a back seat with only Matt left scraping away in search of the substantial stones buildings recorded in the 19th century.

      • Tony: This is the first row of mausoleums to be dug in Britain in 150 years and only the second ever to be discovered. It's a find of nation significance, and with the strange circular feature and Jackie's pots this trench promises to get better and better.

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