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Season 18 Episode 9

Llancaiach Fawr, South Wales

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Apr 03, 2011 on Channel 4
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Llancaiach Fawr, South Wales
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The Mystery of the Manor Moat The team and experts head to Llancaiach Fawr manor, near Caerphilly, South Wales, to investigate an ancient moat. The team's geophysicists feel the site should provide them with the ideal conditions to determine what the ditch was originally designed to guard - but the project soon becomes one of the most baffling investigations in the programme's history.moreless

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    Diane Walker (II)

    Diane Walker (II)

    General Manager, Llancaiach Fawr

    Guest Star

    Nigel Nayling

    Nigel Nayling

    Dendrochronologist

    Guest Star

    John Hines (II)

    John Hines (II)

    Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University

    Guest Star

    Faye Simpson

    Faye Simpson

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Matt Williams (IV)

    Matt Williams (IV)

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: Look at that, one of the finest manor houses in Britain. It was built for a powerful family, played host to Charles I, you can imagine how excited the archaeologists were when they discovered the moat of this grade one listed building, except there was one tiny problem


        Look at this map the archaeologists drew, there's the house, here's the moat and does it go up here and then turn around the house? No it goes hurtling off in that direction. This is the direction that the moats going in, but what on earth's going on, what it's protecting? Well there have been several theories from a Roman fort to a royal court from chapel, to a heavily fortified cattle enclosure We've got just three days to rip up this field and find out what this has to do with that.


        Please don't let it be a cattle enclosure, please, not a cattle enclosure.


      • Tony: So do we have an earlier moated house or even a Roman fort in this enormous field? It's a big question, and for once we're not waiting for Geophys to answer it, because some of the team have decided to break with tradition, and open a trench immediately. And not only a trench, but a big one.


      • Tony: (v.o.) Unfortunately we don't seem to have any evidence for a medieval manor in the big field but we're not giving up, because Stewart has a theory.


        Stewart: There's the other side bit against that tree, look


        Ben: Oh indeed you can get a cart over there, easy


        Stewart: you can see that's a seriously big bridge


        Tony: (v.o.) he thinks the landscape may hold a clue to the location of an earlier house on the other side of this vast site

      • Stephen: It's got to be Bronze Age, doesn't it, that's Bronze Age



        Phil: that's really stunning



        Stephen: That's really something. I've never dug a piece of Bronze Age pot up in my life and I've been digging over 50 years.



        Phil: You've never ever dug a piece?



        Stephen: No, I've seen pieces in museums, but no, no, never dug it.


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