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Season 18 Episode 6

Castor, Cambridgeshire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Mar 13, 2011 on Channel 4
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Castor, Cambridgeshire
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Under the Gravestones Tony Robinson and the team embark on one of their most delicate missions to date, as they search for Roman artefacts beneath the graveyard of St Kyneburgha's Church in Castor, Cambridgeshire. With several reports of similar finds in and around the village, speculation mounts that they could find the remnants of a praetorium - a huge building that would have dominated the region's skyline during the period. However, as the experts start digging in other nearby locations, they discover that not all the evidence points to the same conclusion.moreless

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    William Burke

    William Burke

    Rector of Castor

    Guest Star

    Stephen Upex

    Stephen Upex

    County Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Faye Simpson

    Faye Simpson

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Raksha Dave

    Raksha Dave

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: This is the kissing gate at St Kyneburga's church here in the village of Castor in Cambridgeshire and it's one of the most beautiful medieval churches in England. And yet it's what's under this church's graveyard that's got our archaeologists very excited because beneath my feet could be the remains of a mysterious Roman building. But it's not just one Roman building by itself over there in the school playing field, across there in the rectory in fact everywhere I look; archaeologists have found impressive Roman structures. This could add up to be something very special, looks like it's going to be a hectic three days that is if I can ever get down again.


      • Ben: A couple of years ago, grave-diggers called me, to say that they thought they'd gone through a Roman building in digging a grave. Now obvious I wanted to have a look and they actually lowered me into the grave which was pretty unnerving and peculiar, but it was obvious at the base of the grave they actually had got something like a Roman floor and I could just make out this sort of thin band of Roman cement. I would dearly love to know what it was part of.


      • Tony: We've spent the last 36 hours poking around in this graveyard, trying to get permission to dig it, getting permission to dig it, then finding nothing but Roman rubble and a tumble of old bones but at last Phil we've got something exciting haven't we


        Phil: We have got Artis' floor, if you look down between tat pair of legs you can see a mosaic floor actually in situ


        Tony: You're smiling William


        William: I'm really excited about this if Artis was right about this, he might be right about the praetorium.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Tracey: But I like Saxon though, Tony



        Tony: (indicating Mick) Not as much as the Venerable Bede, here.



        Bede, called both Saint Bede and the Venerable Bede was a monk of Northumbria in the 7th Century, He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title "The Father of English History". In 1899, Bede was made a Doctor of the Church by Leo XIII, a position of theological significance; he is the only native of Great Britain to achieve this designation


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