The Team presented 'Dr' Phil Harding with a tankard to celebrate his honorary doctorate from Southampton University awarded on July 24th 2008.
Tony: Inside this building behind me are some of the finest minds in the entire country, and they're busy making, of all things, ice cream. But these scientists are also keen amateur archaeologists with another passion, and it's over there. It's this field, because this is no ordinary field. It's full of all this stuff - lots of 2000 year old bits of Roman brick, tile and masonry. And look at all this lot, we've got brooches, rings, a pin, belt buckle, a lovely piece of Roman gold. Clearly, whoever lived here was very important and wealthy. But who was it? Well, this time, we've got a whole week to find out. …Only joking. As usual, three days.
Tony: Remember now that massive building with a huge distinctive footprint that John couldn't miss? Well he's missed it. And if the Villa's proving elusive Ben and Stewart are wondering why it would have been here in the first place.
Phil: So we've got no magnetic, no resistance, no radar...
John: No, we've got magnetic, we've got lots of noise that goes with the, well the, supposed building. I think you put a trench into that magnetic noise.
Phil: It sounds to me like you want to go back to first principles, dig a hole.
John: Yes, I agree.
Tony: Brilliant, on a site where we are looking for a grand multi-roomed villa, we've found a tool shed. Well, it's a start.
International Air Dates:
Australia: 30th June, 2009
4th century Constans coin (347-348 AD).
1st century jet Roman ring