Time Team

Season 16 Episode 4

Caerwent, South Wales

Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Jan 25, 2009 on Channel 4



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Tony: This wall's pretty good isn't it? And it's all pure rock solid Roman, and if you think that's good, you should see what's inside it. Because this is Caerwent, the best preserved Roman town in Britain. And it's a cracker, here's the plan. Look, you've got temple, forum, baths, houses, shops, but there's still pieces missing here, here, here, here, absolutely nothing. That's because those areas have never been touched, never been dug until now. We've been invited here to get to the very heart of the Roman town, uncover its secrets and fill in the blanks.

    • Tony: This is our first trench, trench number one and it came down bang on the money, there's roman structures everywhere. We've got a wall here that I'm standing on and next to it there's another wall, but that seems to be of another period, and we've got another one here but that doesn't seem to tie in to this one here, and we've got a little wall here, is that part of this wall here, and is that wall there part of this one here that's parallel to it and do either of them have anything to do with this one which is underneath them? How deep are we going to have to dig in order to find out the answer to any of those questions? No one knows the answer to any of that yet.

    • Tony: (showing a radar scan) Isn't that spectacular? If that isn't a roman villa I'll eat my hat. Except when we put a trench it this is what we found, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, Phil Harding, rubble. Phil, where's the villa?
      Phil: It's here I'm standing on it.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Stewart: If you could now be my glamorous assistant
      Tony: Your Debbie McGee?

      Debbie McGee is a British television, radio and stage performer who is best known as the wife and assistant of magician Paul Daniels. McGee is a former ballet dancer and, for three years, she was artistic director of her own ballet company. Daniels regularly referred to McGee on his TV shows as "The lovely Debbie McGee", a phrase that entered popular culture as a stereotype for magicians' assistants.