Time Team

Season 18 Episode 8

Mont Orgueil, Jersey

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Mar 27, 2011 on Channel 4
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Mont Orgueil, Jersey
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Castles and Cannons Tony Robinson and the experts travel across the Channel to Jersey, where they search for the origins of Mont Orgueil Castle, an imposing fortress constructed during the reign of King John. Their excavation is complicated by the fact that a newer castle was built on top of the old foundations in Tudor times - and the entire site is located on a rocky outcrop with sides so steep that they can only be scaled by mountaineers.moreless

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    Warwick Rodwell

    Warwick Rodwell

    Consulting Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Chris Aubin

    Chris Aubin

    Local Historian

    Guest Star

    Ann Spencer

    Ann Spencer

    Pottery Expert

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    Ian Powlesland

    Ian Powlesland

    Digger/Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

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    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

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      • Tony: Here on Time team we like to go at places where things once stood, to dig holes in the ground, piece together the evidence and use lur imaginations to work out how they would once have looked. But not today welcome to Mont Orgueil in Jersey A stunning fortress which for hundreds of years played a little known but crucial role in the defence not just the Channel islands but the whole of Great Britain.



        Although it's been studied for centuries this place has still got its secrets here under this bumpy lawn, but also right up there. We've got just three days to unlock those secrets. Let's hope we can make, it is a ridiculously steep slope.


      • Tony: Helen, Location, location, location


        Helen: That's what it was all about, because this is the closest English castle to France. It may be 100 miles from the coastline of the UK, but it's only 14 miles to France. So that puts this place at the heart of politics in some of the most important times in our history.


      • Tony: Everything we're finding on this site is geared towards war and defence, suggesting that this castle has seen some serious action.


        Helen: Looking up at it you really do get the most amazing sense of how difficult it would have been to storm a castle like this, how many layers of defence there are. It's absolutely bristling with defences.

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