Time Team

Season 10 Episode 3

Carsington, Derbyshire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Jan 19, 2003 on Channel 4
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Carsington, Derbyshire
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Peak District Practices. Caving isn't just about wriggling through holes underground. Experienced cavers also dig out caves that have become silted up. This very dangerous activity caused the Pegasus Caving Club to contact their county coroner following the discovery of ancient human and animal remains in a cave at Carsington, in Derbyshire. They also contacted their local archaeologist, Dave Barrett, who put the cavers in touch with Andrew Chamberlain from Sheffield University. The next step was to involve Time Team.moreless

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    Anies Hassan

    Anies Hassan

    Field Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Andrew Chamberlain

    Andrew Chamberlain

    Cave Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Alan Steans

    Alan Steans

    Caver

    Guest Star

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • Tony: (v.o.)While Mick and Phil will be busy on the surface, the underground digging will be dark, wet and possibly hazardous for our cave archaeologists, Katie, Alice & Anies. Though they don't seem unduly concerned.
        Katie: Does my bum look big in this?
        Tony: (v.o.) Cavers from the Pegasus Club who found the bones are helping us to get underground and haul the spoil.
        Tony: Do you feel constricted in that?
        Alice: Yep I feel a bit of a robot, fairly difficult to move.
        Katie: Better get a move on
        Tony: Well, good luck. Katie, bring me back a bone.

      • Tony: Phil's been troubled by noxious discharges, during our lunch break a 21st Century deposit has appeared in his carefully cleared barrow trench.
        Mick: What, a cow's crapped in the trench then, Phil
        Phil: I'm afraid they have, Mick. Still it's good for the roses.

      • Tony: (via video-link): Tony to Katie
        Katie: Hello-o
        Tony: What've you got down there?
        Katie: Oh we're just finding some skulls and they look like they're baby skulls, don't they Alice?
        Alice: Yeah, we've got a few pieces of what look like more neonates, so new born baby skull, it's extremely thin. There are lots of other little bones as well including the clavicle, which is a favourite so we're very pleased about that. The other thing we've got is, what looks as though it may be a adult skull in the rocks behind the baby's. The only thing is we've had quite a few rock-falls in this chamber. (after consulting with an off-screen caver) Ok, I'm going to move this now, and we should be able to see it, there.
        Katie: Can you see it now Tony?
        Tony: Oh yeah, I got it, I got it.
        Katie: It looks like it's almost complete, is it a human?
        Alice: It is definitely a human skull, practically fully grown. Ok Tony, can you see the teeth there?
        Tony: Oh yes I can, very clearly.
        Alice: I think we're going to have to take it out quite soon because the rubble above it is very loose.
        Tony: Can you move it without causing a small avalanche?
        (at that moment, the rocks totter and fall and Alice and Katie dive out of the way the best they can in the enclosed space. There is a moment of silence as they stare at the cave wall. )
        Tony: Do you think we aught to do this tomorrow?
        Alice & Katie: Yes.
        Tony: Ok, get out of there quickly now.

      • Tony: Mystery of why human bones are in cave; still unsolved. Mystery of animal bones in cave; sorted.
        Andy: You've got wild boar, goat, in this case covered in stalagmite, really thick stalagmite
        Tony: Oh so this isn't part of the skull?
        Andy: Nope, no this is stalagmite that has formed on the surface of the skull as it was presumably lying on the cave floor. Then slightly more exotic things like bear, this is a lovely arm bone of a bear, an animal that you might expect to be in a cave.
        Tony: What's this big thing here?
        Andy: Oh that's one of the most spectacular things, absolutely beautifully preserved as well. This is an oryx.
        Tony: Whatever's that?
        Andy: It's a wild cow, a cow about the size of a rhino; we believe this particular bone is about six thousand years old. So this is forming the far end of the assemblage
        Tony: How do you reckon they got in the cave?
        Andy: I think they just dropped in.
        Tony: What'd you mean?
        Andy: I think these were animals that were feeding around the edge of a shaft into the cave and just lost their footing and dropped in.
        Tony: Isn't it more likely that the people were killing them and then dragging them into the cave to eat them?
        Andy: No I don't think so because there is no evidence on the bones of the kind of activity that we would have expected to take place. There's no evidence of bone smashing for marrow extraction, and there's certainly no butchery mark on the bone. These are complete bones in many cases.
        Tony: Could they have been for sacrifice?
        Andy: I don't think so. Wouldn't work, we've got a far too big a range of animals here.
        Tony: So people weren't killing and cooking them, and they weren't killing for ritual reasons?
        Andy: Nope this is the kind of thing that is probably still going on today.
        Tony: Well that's two theories you've knocked on the head, thank you very much.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Tony: Stone Age Immac

        Immac is a beauty brand of the Veet line of hair removal products.

      • Cave name: Yorick

        The second cave space is dubbed 'Yorick' as there is a skull embedded in the rock wall held in place by a growth of stalactites. This is in reference to the monologue in Act 5, Scene 1 from Shakespeare's Hamlet where the Danish prince finds the skull of his old court jester.

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