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Season 19 Episode 4

Newmarket, Suffolk.

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 12, 2012 on Channel 4
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Newmarket, Suffolk.
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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.

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    Alfie Westwood

    Alfie Westwood

    Retired Jockey

    Guest Star

    Christopher Garibaldi

    Christopher Garibaldi

    Museum Director

    Guest Star

    John Sutton

    John Sutton

    Local Historian

    Guest Star

    Ian Powlesland

    Ian Powlesland

    Digger/Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Emma Wood

    Emma Wood

    Geophysicist

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    James Adcock

    James Adcock

    Geophysicist

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      • Tony: This is sacred turf, the holiest of the holies for those who participate in the sport of kings. Yes, we're in Newmarket for a day or 3 at the races, and we're making a wild punt that there'll be some pretty serious archaeology lying somewhere underneath this venerable old town. We're going to be looking for the remains of the very earliest days of horse-racing because this is the place where the whole she-bang got started. The earliest dedicated horse-racing facilities in Britain could still lie buried somewhere beneath Newmarket.

      • Mary-Ann: Do we have dates for when these stables were built?
        Christopher: Yes we think they were built in 1671, with the rest of the palace, but there is some indication that they may have been earlier, they may have been rebuilt. If that were to be true it means they are not 1670's they go right back to pre-civil war structures from the 1620's which would be highly exciting, not very likely, but it's a possibility.

      • Raksha: So you've basically given me a trench that possibly maybe trashed, made ground, no geophysics and later phase of the building, great!
        Jackie: You like a challenge; you like a challenge Raksha don't you? It'll be good for you.

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