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The Secret of Stonehenge
Stonehenge is the nation's most famous monument. For centuries, its age and purpose have been subject to speculation, excavation and fantasy. But over the last six years, a huge new team of archaeologists have been digging not just the monument but the entire prehistoric landscape that focuses on Stonehenge, to reveal the truth about this near-mythical place and crack its secrets.
Tintagel, at the Centre of the Myth
Time Team is on a quest, searching for the truth behind the myth, mystery and multi-million-pound industry which has grown up around Arthur – the alleged 'King of the Britons'.
Life on the Edge 1,000 years BC
Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Francis Pryor pay a visit to the unearthing of an important Bronze Age settlement on the banks of the River Witham, just outside Lincoln. With plans under way to strengthen flood defences, the site itself will soon be buried once again, leaving archaeologists with only six weeks to salvage as much as possible. The programme examines some of the thousands of finds and reveals evidence of strange burial practices.moreless
The Mysterious Seahenge
Time Team's visit to Seahenge helped cast some fresh light on the circle, the people who built it and the techniques they used. It included the construction of a modern replica, which it is hoped will be found a home in the area permanently. As the first Bronze-Age monument that has ever been precisely dated, Seahenge provided an exciting special venture for the Team.
The King of Bling
A chance discovery by archaeologists in Southend reveals an Anglo-Saxon tomb crammed with such impressive gold artefacts that the tabloids dubbed the occupant 'the King of Bling'.
It's a burial fit for a king, but who could it be? Time Team follows the investigation into one of the most important discoveries in recent times as archaeologists from the Museum of London and specialists from across the world search for clues in the spectacular grave goods.moreless
Digging deep into the Island of the Eels
Time Team has uncovered a remarkable picture of Ely in past centuries: channels where boats used to moor to load and unload goods; a medieval kiln with huge quantities of high-quality pottery finds; and a number of buildings fronting the road at Broad Street.moreless
The Wreck of the Colossus
Tony Robinson and the archaeological team join divers attempting to recover treasure from part of the wreck of the 18th-century warship the Colossus - discovered by divers in 2001 - in order to piece together the history of the vessel.
Britain's Biggest henge
Tony Robinson and the team investigate finds at Durrington Walls, Wiltshire, and consider what they reveal about Stone Age life. Among the discoveries are a Neolithic road which leads to Stonehenge and is believed to be the route of traditional burial ceremonies. Also examined is an arrangement of 160 trees in perfect circles, which may have provided a setting for traditional feasts.moreless
The Mystery of Mine Howe
The Team travels to Orkney, where local farmer Douglas Paterson went in search of a mysterious underground chamber, said to be lost on his land after its discovery some 50 years earlier.
1999 Christmas Special.
Updates on past digs and previews of forthcoming programmes. Presented by Tony Robinson from York's Barley Hall, where a Medieval Christmas celebration is in full swing, the show tells what has happened at many of the digs featured in the last series.
Coventry's Lost Cathedral
The excavation of Coventry's first cathedral is the most important cathedral dig in more than 25 years. It was thought to have been virtually obliterated by Henry VIII. But a great deal more has survived than expected.
The Lost Roman Circus
After three years of painstaking work just outside Colchester's Roman walls, archaeologists knew they had found something unusual. Around the parallel walls that had enclosed a huge structure they discovered hundreds of burials, some containing charioteer coins and others piles of horse jawbones.
Gradually the archaeologists pieced together the evidence to discover that they had uncovered the only Roman circus ever found in Britain and one of only a handful in northern Europe.moreless
Ten years of Time Team
Tony Robinson, Mick, Phil and Carenza take a look back at how it all happened, recall some of the best moments of the last ten years, and muse on how a bunch of muddy misfits became the TV surprise of the decade.
Digging for Dinosaurs
Tony Robinson and Phil Harding travelled to the Rocky Mountains in Montana, USA, for this special programme on dinosaurs and the 'dinosaur hunters' who discover and dig up their fossil remains.
The methods used by the dinosaur hunters turned out to be very similar to those employed by archaeologists. And although Phil found he was making more use of a hammer and chisel than his usual digger's trowel, there was much more with which he was familiar from archaeological excavations.
After joining a museum dig to excavate the bones of the T-Rex's ancestor, they uncover the big bucks tourist industry that dinosaur hunting has spawned in the US. Their journey culminates in a trip to the Badlands, where they help dinosaur hunter Jack Horner dig up the remains of a T-Rex.moreless
The Bone Cave.
A tiny entrance to a cave in Alveston leads to a grisly discovery. A natural underground chamber floor is littered with animal and human bones.
The Big Dig
Described as the most ambitious archaeological project Britain has ever known, one eighth of the entire ancient city of Canterbury is being excavated in advance of a massive redevelopment scheme. The excavation, just inside the city walls in the south east of Canterbury, is known as the 'Big Dig' locally, and will take an estimated four years to complete.
The Time Team archaeologists make a 400th-anniversary visit to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Jamestown is the birthplace of the United States and brought the country the English language, as well as the English legal and political system. Piles of perfectly-preserved 17th century finds are pulled up from a disused well, bringing the team closer to the men, women and children who founded this town, and thereby this country.
Edge of Empire
Time Team followed one of the biggest excavations in the heart of London on a football pitch sized site at Gresham Street, just north of a Roman baths and just south of the amphitheatre and fort .
The excavations yielded a wealth of material that creates a picture of everyday life in Londinium. Two thousand years ago London didn't exist. It was created by the Romans in the first century AD, when they settled in the area now occupied by the City.
The settlement started as a simple bridge over the River Thames, but within 100 years it had become a bustling city with a population of 30,000.moreless
The Lost WWI Dugout
Marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, Tony Robinson joins an unprecedented archaeological expedition in search of a perfectly preserved bunker, or dugout, called the Vampir. Beneath the paralysed front in Belgium, elite tunnelling companies created a deep maze of tunnels and dugouts, which was the only safe place to hide when shelling made the surface hell above.
Pugin - The God of Gothic
Augustus Pugin: the man who built the houses of parliament, and who's influence on British architecture remains to this day. Although French by birth, he is responsible for many of Britain's cathedrals and churches.
This special follows the progress of the restoration of his house in Ramsgate, and tells the story of the man who changed the the face of the country in just twenty years.
From Neolithic to Gothic
This programme plots the nation's past by examining the finds and revelations of the last seven series. The experts revisit c UK archaeological sites, such as Grimes Graves and Bede's World, and examine key digs from the programme's past, to look at how archaeologists have interpreted the nation's history.
The Big Roman Dig: Roman Villa
Tony Robinson presents the story of the excavation of a big Roman villa in Somerset, originally discovered by Time Team in 2002 and revisited in 2005. The programme demonstrates how the villa grew from a small farm building to a fine stone building, and how that was expanded again and turned round to face the busy new Fosse Way.moreless
Time Team's Greatest Discoveries
With over 250 amazing sites and tens of thousands of finds to draw on, it's hardly surprising the Team find it hard to decide which has been their greatest discovery.
Revisiting digs that produced rare and fine jewellery, gold coins, huge and intricate mosaics - and some extraordinary archaeological fakery - Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Helen Geake defend and debate their choices for top honours. It's down to Tony Robinson to adjudicate.moreless
Rediscovering Ancient Britain
For thousands of years, nomadic tribes roamed freely across Britain. But by 5000 BC they were starting to settle down, and a landmark of the south west - the Dorset Ridgeway - became a magnet for thousands.
The Ten Million Pound House
A Time Team special on the restoration of Ightham Mote, a Grade 1 listed building in Kent.
A village affair.
There's a problem in the chocolate-box village of Bitterley in Shropshire. The village's school and cottages cluster prettily around the green. But the village church and the manor house lie more than half a mile away, on the other side of a lumpy, bumpy empty field.
The villagers, led by energetic community archaeology group leader June Buckard, have been exploring the field and believe that their village used to be much bigger, with the field full of houses and streets. They have called in Tony Robinson and the Team to see if they're right.
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.moreless
War of the Roses
The Battle of Bosworth was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses. It was the beginning of the end of three decades of treason, rebellion and dynastic warfare. Against huge odds, Henry Tudor won the day to take the English Crown. It was a turning point in English history, the end of the Middle Ages and the savage beginnings of the country we recognise today. For five years, a team of archaeologists have been combing this blood-stained ground. What these archaeologists have found is changing the entire understanding, not just of this iconic battle, but the very nature of warfare at this time.moreless
The Invasion Landings D-Day, Normandy.
The Crannog In The Loch.
In the summer of 2003, a small crew from Time Team spent eight weeks in the beautiful setting of Loch Tay, Perthshire, in Scotland.
They were filming the ongoing underwater excavation of Oakbank crannog, an Iron-Age lake dwelling, which was first surveyed in 1979 and is the subject of a full-scale crannog reconstruction at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.moreless
Three centuries of Viking occupation left an indelible print on the British Isles. Their legacy has shaped the Britain we live in today and the Vikings have had a huge influence on our culture; from the way we live to the words we use.
The Vikings are notoriously known as fearsome, axe-wielding warriors who relished their reputation as bloodthirsty invaders, and the discovery of mutilated skeletons in this Time Team Special does little to alter this reputation. However, they were also successful global traders, technological pioneers and world-wide mariners.
The Team report from excavations across the country, from Orkney to the south coast, but it is in Hungate, York that the biggest discoveries are made. This huge dig uncovers the thousand-year-old Viking remains of streets, houses and a trading centre.
The Somme's Secret Weapon
In the half-light of dawn, on the frontline of the Somme battlefield on 1 July 1916, a small metal nozzle pushed its way up through the ground in No Man's Land to point at the German front line.
On the signal, a terrifying stream of burning oil shot out of the nozzle, drenching the German trenches in flaming diesel. The soldiers that didn't flee would have burned alive.
It was the day the British army launched an all-out assault in northern France. Along the 16-mile front, tens of thousands of soldiers died and the only ground that the British forces captured was around the village of Mametz, where historian Peter Barton believes that a top-secret and terrible weapon, known as a Livens Flame Projector, was deployed.
Although there are plans and secret war diaries, not one piece of this weapon exists in any museum in the world.
Tony Robinson joins a unique dig near Mametz, delving into the past to find out whether or not this weapon really was deployed and, if so, whether it really worked in the way that was described. And, employing the skills of the Royal Engineers, a replica Livens Flame Projector fires up for one last, terrifying, time.
One thousand years of British history in three days
The dig's archaeological highs and lows are crammed into just 60 minutes in York where the finds range from a Roman skeleton complete with hobnailed boots, a Viking's discarded leather shoe, and the pillars of a monastic hospital. But what does all the evidence show? Who were these people and how did they live?moreless
While digging a huge site in the middle of London, archaeologists uncovered two extraordinary Roman cisterns. At the bottom of each lay the remains of a complex mechanism for drawing water out from these five metre-deep containers.
Tony, Mick and the Time Team are joining up with engineers, technologists and historians in an attempt to reconstruct one of these unique machines - and, in the process, discover how they worked and what they were for.
Gradually the oak and iron components are pieced together, but whether the machine will actually work when all the parts are assembled is anyone's guess. The road to eventual success turns out to be quite a rocky one and, as the deadline looms ever nearer, it's not just the ropes that end up getting frayed...moreless
As a curtain-raiser for the new (1998) series of Time Team, which started in January, Tony and the Team gathered to celebrate the festive season with a look back over the last five years and the archaeological odyssey that had taken them from prehistoric Oxfordshire to the dawning of modern age technology in Victorian Britain.moreless
Rooting for the Romans
The team travel to Bedford Purlieus Wood in Cambridgeshire, where a set of Roman building foundations has been spotted poking through the forest floor. Aerial visualisations suggest the area was home to several structures - but the experts' attempts to find out more are hampered as the diggers struggle to get to grips with the cramped woodland environment.
Dig By Wire
Tony Robinson and the team visit a tiny windswept island off the coast of Wales. The only way to get to it is by rigging a 500-metre zip wire way above the wave-lashed rocks. Incredibly, it seems that Gateholm Island in Pembrokeshire was once inhabited, but whether by Romans, Vikings, Celts or druids nobody knows.
A handful of mysterious objects were found on the island years ago, including a rare Roman stone phallus and a beautiful bronze stag, suggesting that it may have been some sort of religious centre. Of course, the team have to dig for answers, but the weather's throwing everything it has at them.moreless
Secrets of the Stately Garden.
Tony Robinson spares us from having to leave the comfort of our sofa by taking a grand tour around some of Britain's finest stately gardens, where he visits extraordinary grottoes and fanciful follies, and uncovers sexy secrets concealed in apparently cal designs. He starts at Prior Park garden near Bath, where a two-year project is underway to reinstate Alexander Popes Wilderness and the 18thcentury Serpentine Lake and Cascade. But he also travels to the breathtaking Hadrians Garden near Rome, the inspiration for so much that we see in the traditional English garden
Britain's Drowned World
Until about 8,000 years ago Britain was part of the European continent. Then the ice melted, rivers flooded, seas rose and, hey presto, the land that joined us to France, Holland and Denmark disappeared under water. The excitable Tony Robinson and his team of eager archaeologists set about investigating the vast, flat landscape that's now under the North Sea and the English Channel. But it's one of the most difficult archaeological sites to work on. While the local fishermen regularly bring up ancient bones from the seabed, Robinson and co merely bring up their dinner. It's worth the discomfort though: vast mammoth bones, the jaw of a sabre-toothed cat, a lion's canine and sophisticated tools are among the treasures that enthusiasts have uncovered.moreless
Castle of the Saxon Kings
Time Team reports on a prickly issue in the world of old artefacts whilst on a secret investigation into a possible Viking boat burial in Yorkshire. After metal detectorists make a major discovery of coins, silver and swords a small team of archaeologists set out to uncover the source of these remarkable objects.moreless
Rome's wild west
The Roman legionary fort of Caerleon in South Wales is one of the most famous and best preserved Roman sites in Britain.
It stood on the edge of the Roman Empire, but its huge amphitheatre and immense baths, and the scale of its ruined walls, are all testament to its power and importance.
But just outside the fort, archaeologists have discovered signs of yet another huge structure leading from the fort down to the river. It seems to be a vast courtyard surrounded by stone buildings and with a mysterious square structure standing in the centre.moreless
Tony Robinson investigates how burial customs have changed and evolved over thousands of years of British history.
Chapel of secrets.
Tony leads the Team to the village of Beadnell on a beautiful stretch of the Northumbrian coast, to explore an unusual promontory, from which mysterious fragments of human bone have emerged over recent years.
Legend ties the site to local seventh-century Saint Ebbe, and it's widely believed that a 13th-century chapel stood here. But could there also be the remains of an earlier structure on the site, perhaps dating to the time of St Ebbe herself? Or are the earthworks on the promontory an indication of Viking or even Iron Age inhabitants?
The only way to find out is by putting spades into the earth, but, before long, the Team are stumbling onto confusing signs of Second World War defences. And then, shockingly, they find skeletons of babies in the trenches. It's a sobering discovery, and one that raises more questions than it answers.moreless
How to lose a castle.
For generations a family of Somerset farmers have been wondering if there was ever actually a castle on top of the hill they call Castle Hill.
Records show there was a Norman castle in the area, but they are not clear about exactly where and there are several likely locations.
The only answer is for Tony and the Team to dig - once all the kit has been hauled up the steep slopes.
The geophysics looks exciting, throwing up almost immediately what looks like the outline of a perfect castle keep. But as the three days progress everything is far from clear.moreless
Secrets of the dunes.
Eight hundred years ago the people of Kenfig on the south coast of Wales thought they had built the perfect town, nestled round a harbour with easy access to the sea and a sheltered position.
The town appears to have been a thriving commercial success but then it vanished, leaving just a few castle walls to mark its existence.
Extraordinarily, the ruins of the complete town are believed to still lie buried under the immense sand dunes that have covered the whole site since a series of violent storms lashed the coast over 500 years ago.
But even before the storms made life untenable in Kenfig, it seems that the Welsh locals weren't too keen on its Angle-Norman settlers. There are records of a series of attacks from early in the town's life.moreless
Searching for Shakespeare's House.
Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
There's little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford's biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms and a dozen servants. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile.
That Georgian house sat right on the street, so for the last hundred years or more, it's been assumed that it was also the site of New Place. But a recently discovered document casts doubt on that theory.moreless
A copper bottomed dig.
Two hundred years ago, Swansea was one of the wealthiest cities in the country, if not the world. The source of those riches was neither the coal nor the steel recently associated with the area, but copper.
The Welsh port city once led the world in copper smelting, but today there's almost nothing to be seen of this unique heritage. So Tony Robinson and the Team investigate one of the very first copper works, White Rock.
Records show that its Great Workhouse housed as many as 20 furnaces, right by the River Tawe, and also that copper production once devastated this landscape, leeching deadly toxins into the ground and sending countless workers to an early grave.
The poisonous fumes blighted the landscape, and the valley was described as akin to Dante's Inferno, with smoke, noise and pollution. It's a complete contrast to what can be seen there today.moreless
The only Earl is Essex.
Property magnate Paul Whight has two very expensive hobbies. He collects and drives classic racing cars, which he keeps in the grounds of his second obsession - his beautiful stately home and garden in Essex.
Paul is so keen to know everything he can about the history of his home that he's rashly invited Tony Robinson and Time Team in to do their worst.
The site used to be owned by one of the nation's foremost families, the De Veres, who were better known as the Earls of Oxford.
In the twelfth century they founded a grand priory somewhere on this site, and centuries later they may well have built themselves a fine country house.
What's more, the most famous and dissolute Earl of Oxford - who some believe wrote Shakespeare's plays - might even be buried here.moreless
Secrets of the Saxon gold.
In July 2009, amateur metal detectorist Terry Herbert found an Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard worth over £3 million in a Staffordshire field. Now, with the initial phase of the post-excavation process nearing completion, archaeologists are beginning to unlock the secrets of the hoard.
After further digging and carefully unpicking the jumble of finds, experts from Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent Museums have realised there were over 3500 objects buried in this small area with the gold alone weighing 11 pounds.moreless
King John's Lost Palace
The team heards for the fringes of Sherwood Forest, where residents of Clipstone village in Nottinghamshire believe some impressive ruins in a farmer's field may have played a part in the ancient tales of Robin Hood and Bad King John.
The first King of racing.
Tony and the Team visit Newmarket, the birthplace of horseracing, in search of the earliest archaeological traces of the sport of kings. They dig in the heart of the historic town, in search of the remains of King Charles II's racing stables - arguably the world's first stables dedicated for racing.
It's the last chance to work here, as construction is about to begin on a multi-million-pound National Horseracing Museum.
From the start of the dig, the challenge for the Team is to find evidence that will enable them to distinguish a racing stable from an 'ordinary' royal stable block. The pressure's on for team leader Jackie McKinley to deliver the key small find or insight. With a thick layer of concrete lying over the site, it's not an easy task.moreless
The Big Royal Dig.
A special edition of the archaeology programme to mark The Queen's 80th birthday. Tony Robinson and his team of historians are granted exclusive access to investigate three royal sites - Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Brunel's last launch.
Nowadays, London's East End is synonymous with the 2012 Olympic Games. Cutting-edge engineering and design have transformed the Olympic Park. But 150 years ago, the world was watching for a very different reason, although the spectacle on display was as high-tech as anything on offer today.
The East End was once home to the most advanced shipbuilding industry - and best workers and shipyards - in the world.
A century and a half ago, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain's most famous engineer, was about to launch a ship five times bigger than any that had ever been built before, the most revolutionary vessel the world had ever seen: the SS Great Eastern.moreless
Boudica's Lost Tribe
Boudica is revered as one of the greatest female warriors in history. Tony Robinson traces her story and follows a major excavation in Norfolk that may hold the key to uncovering what happened to Boudica's tribe after they were defeated by the Roman army.
Boudica's tribe, the Iceni, used to make exquisite torcs: jewellery that required metalworking skills more advanced than anywhere else in the world; and they left behind some of the greatest treasures of prehistory.
When the Romans threatened their way of life, the tribe dared to take on the full might of the Roman Empire. But the tribe's revolt failed and as Boudica disappeared from history so did the Iceni.
In the 18th century the Royal Navy was the most successful fighting force in the world. To maintain this status it desperately needed better ways of looking after its sick and wounded, so in 1746 it decided to build the best hospital the country had ever seen, near the Portsmouth dockyard at Haslar. Between 1757 and 1826, thousands of seamen and marines of the Royal Navy are believed to have been buried in a Navy-designed cemetery in a field beside the hospital. Exactly how and where they were buried is not known and, as part of the closure programme, the cemetery has to be excavated, to find out where the burials are and how many there might be.
This special programme looked behind the scenes at some of the things that you don't usually see in the Time Team programmes.
The Way we Lived
Tony Robinson and Mick Aston dig out the best bits of over 200 Time Team episodes to tell the story of how our domestic lives have changed over 10 millennia.
Tony Robinson and geophys boffin John Gater look back over 200 digs at the extraordinary achievements of cutting-edge geophysics technology, which has uncovered lost Roman villas, tombs, temples and ancient monuments, as well as a host of old broken tractor bits and enigmatic ditches.
King John's Lost Palace
Tony and the Team don their hunting green, pick up their bows and arrows and head for the fringes of Sherwood Forest, where residents of Clipstone village in Nottinghamshire believe some impressive ruins in a farmer's field may have played a part in the ancient tales of Robin Hood and Bad King John.moreless
Over the summer of 2003 Channel 4 ran the Time Team Big Dig. With over 10,000 participants all over the country excavating test pits each one metre square by fifty centimetres deep, and there were lots of great stories.
Most of these pits were in private gardens and the project stirred up controversies about approaches to public archaeology. Find out what went on over the summer at some of the digs featured in this Christmas Special.moreless
The Secrets Of Westminster Abbey
Tony and the Team go behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey to explore the story of the Cosmati pavement: the mosaic floor being uncovered for the first time in 100 years. Also known as 'The House of Kings', Westminster Abbey has stood at the heart of the nation for nearly 1,000 years, surviving the Civil War and Reformation. While visitors marvel at the royal paraphernalia and the majesty of the architecture, it remains at the core of the Establishment, and still plays host to the Coronation. For a century, the Cosmati pavement - a huge, mystical mosaic floor in front of the altar at the centre of which the Coronation Chair is placed - has been covered by carpet. Now Time Team cameras are allowed unprecedented access behind the scenes at the Abbey as this extraordinary piece of living history is revealed. As well as exploring the story of the Cosmati pavement, the Team also have access to a night-time search under the floors for lost tombs and graves, a shrine that still attracts pilgrims after 800 years and the 1,000-year-old faked documents that gave the Abbey the right to host the Coronation in the first place.moreless
Buried by the Blitz
Sheffield, Steel City
The team followed ARCUS, the Archaeological Research and Consultancy at the University of Sheffield, on some of its excavations into Sheffield's industrial past.
Early death, deadly machinery and the worst man-made disaster in British history were revealed as Time Team documented the work of the archaeologists who have spent more than six years digging through the remains of a city that was once the biggest producer of steel in the world.moreless
The Mystery of the Roman Treasure
The Sevso treasure comprises of 14 fabulous Roman silver vessels, considered to be one of the most important and beautiful collections of ancient silver ever discovered. Yet instead of being the star attraction at a major museum, the treasure is believed to be currently languishing out of public view in the basement of a London auction-house. Tony Robinson untangles the complex tale traces the history of the Sevso treasure, a controversial Roman artefact comprised of 14 silver vessels, and believed to have been a part of the illicit antique trade.
Swords, Skulls And Strongholds
The Iron Age is the period of about 800 years before the Romans arrived to turn this nation of disparate tribes into a single state. No writing survives from the time; the only accounts were written by the conquering Romans. It was a crucial yet mysterious period of British history.
The Lost Dock Of Liverpool
As the new European Capital of Culture rockets toward a new future, Tony and the team are given access to the largest dig in the programme's history as they scour the 42-acre site of the Paradise project in Liverpool to unearth its secrets. Interestingly, they discover that a similar state of redevelopment existed 300 years ago as the small seven-street town on a muddy pool was transformed from an industrial backwater into a world-port catapulting itself onto the international trading stage. Whilst excavating within the new buildings sites around the Pier Head, the team takes a look at the city's maritime history. Reinvention and regeneration have created a mammoth building site, the trenches of which become the team's playground for unearthing clues to Liverpool's past.
The Real Knights Of The Round Table
Under the Queen's private lawn at Windsor Castle lie the foundations of one of the most enigmatic - and significant - buildings in English history: the Round Table. The building was lost until Time Team excavated its remains and proved its existence. But finding the building was just the beginning of the story. Built by Edward III on the grounds of what is now the Queen's private lawn at Windsor Castle, the huge building stood for only half a century, yet was a stepping stone in Edward III's success. Robinson embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him back into the heart of medieval chivalry.
Since it was built by Henry II in 1180, Dover Castle has towered over Kent's iconic White Cliffs defending our shores. The truth, however, is, that the castle was initially built as a calling card for the newly formed British nation rather than a defensive fort. For 12th Century standards, the castle was a grand extravagance, furnished with opulent tapestries and fittings.moreless
Special edition of the archaeological series to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. By the end of his reign, Henry had no fewer than 55 buildings to his name, many of which he had designed, built or renovated himself. Tony Robinson and the team revisit some of his greatest works and delve into the personal life of the notorious monarchmoreless