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Season 14 Episode 13

Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Apr 08, 2007 on Channel 4
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Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
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In The Shadow Of The Tor.
Visiting Bodmin Moor you find yourself in a barren, windswept landscape with only a few sheep for company. Dramatic granite outcrops such as Rough Tor enhance the wild beauty of the place, and the proliferation of standing stones, house circles and enclosures doesn't make much sense in such a bleak place. Not surprisingly, antiquarians and early archaeologists were scratching their heads for many years as to why people came to live here in the first place and what kind of society they lived in when they were here.moreless

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    Ian Morrison

    Ian Morrison

    English Heritage Inspector

    Guest Star

    Ben Gearey

    Ben Gearey

    Environmental Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Peter Herring

    Peter Herring

    Landscape Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

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      • Tony: Welcome to one of the most hostile environments in Britain today. Yet in prehistory it was one of the country's most sought after neighbourhoods.
        This stone house at the heart of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall has been here for 5000 years and believe it or not, it was once an ideal place to have a home. But what was it that drew generations of prehistoric people here, what sustained them, and why is this spot now so inhospitable? We've got three days to chuck a lot of science at this one because the digging, and there will be some digging on those houses and this cairn, may not give us all the answers.

      • Francis: The landscape shows up incredibly well in this sodden aerial photograph, we're standing in that round house, and Dorothy Dudley also excavated in that one, we've got permission to dig there too. Now they're on either side of this great big enclosure and wouldn't it be fantastic if we could prove that that round house and this round house were in use at the same time, in which case this whole thing would be a village!

      • Tony: Up on Phil's trench it's difficult to see how he'll ever make any sense of this huge pile of stones …but at least he's happy.

      • Tony: Is there any chance we'll be able to find dating evidence before the end of the day?
        Francis: Well I hope so Tony, because under that murky dark water that Ian is sponging off there, there is a hearth. And that hearth has got charcoal in it, and that charcoal will give us a radiocarbon date that will fix the period when this house was in use.
        Tony: (v.o.) But science can be fallible, and none of our radiocarbon samples subsequently proved to be conclusive, so actually the best method for dating these houses will be good old fashioned archaeology. A piece of pottery would be nice.

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