Time Team

Season 19 Episode 3

Dunwich, Suffolk.

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 05, 2012 on Channel 4
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Dunwich, Suffolk.
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The drowned town.

Tony Robinson and the Team head to Dunwich, a village that's literally falling off the edge of the UK. Coastal erosion has eaten away most of this once-bustling settlement, and before the whole place is lost to the sea, there's a last chance to find out more about the lost origins of this dramatically situated town.

Could it even be possible to prove conclusively that it dates from Anglo-Saxon times?

But the archaeologists face a huge challenge. Up around the old walls they have to dig one of the deepest trenches they've attempted in recent years. And on a second site by the popular beach cafe, they're searching for an early medieval hospital. But it's not easy to access in the gaps between the fish and chip shop, crowded car park and public toilets.

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    Alex Hollowood

    Alex Hollowood

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    Martyn Western

    Martyn Western

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    Glyn Jenkins

    Glyn Jenkins

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    Emma Wood

    Emma Wood

    Geophysicist

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    Matt Williams (IV)

    Matt Williams (IV)

    Field Archaeologist

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    Raksha Dave

    Raksha Dave

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      • Tony: Just over 700 years ago, the very spot I'm standing on was about a mile inland. Not any more. This stretch of Suffolk coast has eroded at a fantastic rate since medieval times fair enough you might say, let nature take its course, but it's an archaeologists nightmare, because right her or should I say right there (pointing out to sea) once stood one of England's largest commercial centres and biggest harbours the flourish post of Dunwich. What remains wont be here for much longer so before it's all washed away and with the held of some very modern technology we're going to piece together the remaining fragments to piece together medieval Dunwich but not only that we're also going to try and prove what no-one's ever been able before, that Dunwich actually flourished as a major Anglo-Saxon port long before medieval times. So it's a nice relaxing three days by the sea then.

      • Tony: So in the absence of clear radar results it's up to Phil Harding and some good old fashion digging to find our lost hospital.

      • Mick: The fact that it's got so many churches later on is an Anglo-Saxon feature.
        Tony: No Domesday says there's only one church.
        Mick: No it says there's one in 1066 and 3 in 1086.
        Tony: Yeah but that's not a lot.
        Mick: No it would have had a lot more than that, Domesday's not good on churches.
        Tony: Oh so Domesday's wrong, not us.
        Mick: No it's not wrong, it's just not interested in them because it's only interested in them when they produce an income, most churches aren't like that.

      • Tony: Middle of day two here in Dunwich in Suffolk and time team doesn't get any more exiting that this, we're digging up a public toilet! Alright I am exaggerating slightly but Stewart is putting in a little trench right here in front of the toilet block.

      • Tony: Guys remind me again why we were putting this trench in?
        Mick: Because we had a blob on the geophysics.
        John: Which we were hoping was going to be a big stone base.
        Tony: Tracey?
        Tracey: Yes?
        Tony: Have you got a big monumental block in there?
        Tracey: Ah, no.

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