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Season 15 Episode 5

Coberly, Gloucestershire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 03, 2008 on Channel 4
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Coberly, Gloucestershire
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Mysteries of the Mosaic Tony Robinson and his team unearth the secrets of a Cotswolds field. Hundreds of Roman coins and bits of masonry have been found on this land but it's the chance discovery of a piece of mosaic floor that has really got the archaeologists excited. The great and the good of Roman Britain built their posh houses in the Cotswolds, a sort of ancient stockbroker belt.moreless

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    Fiona Chester

    Fiona Chester

    Geophysicist

    Guest Star

    Mark Harrison

    Mark Harrison

    Geophysicist

    Guest Star

    Anthony Beeson

    Anthony Beeson

    Mosaic Expert

    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: Just under the surface of this field here in the Cotswolds, lies a complex of Roman buildings. How do I know? Well, you just gotta look around you; I'm virtually tripping over lumps of masonry that are sticking out of the ground. The whole place is strewn with bits of tile. There are hundreds of coins and fragments of pottery and tessarae found around here. But the biggest clue to the presence of a Roman site of some scale and importance is this. It's a mosaic; even I know that and a very nice one too. So, what am I walking across? Is this a villa, or a bath house or a temple? And in an area that's crammed full of villa estates, why are our archaeologists so excited about this one?

      • Tony: If that is a plunge pool, I'll eat my shoe.

      • Tony: I can't believe that still, none of the archaeologists will commit as to what kind of building we've got.
        Guy: No I can't believe it either, it's a villa.
        Tony: Well I thought it was a villa.
        Guy: Yes of course it's a villa.
        Tony: Well why won't they say?
        Guy: Well, because archaeologists, they just love to disagree don't they?. You know, I mean what would you call a group of archaeologists?
        Tony: Um, a doubt?
        Guy: An argument?
        Tony: A confusion of Archaeologists!

      • Phil: Ah, you lovely little thing you. What a big piece, what do you think of that then, that's nice ain't it?
        Ian: Nice rim on it, Phil
        Phil: It's got some decorated lines on it too around here. (Looking at the rest of the trench) Oh, hey, who needs a metal-detector when you can see coins like that then?
        Ian: You're like a kid in toy shop
        Phil: Well I know, what else we got here? Must have loads of stuff!

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