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Time Team

Season 17 Episode 13

Purlieus Wood, Cambridgeshire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Apr 17, 2011 on Channel 4
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Purlieus Wood, Cambridgeshire
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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.

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    Jon House

    Jon House

    Field Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Hugh Mannall

    Hugh Mannall

    Forestry Commission

    Guest Star

    Stephen Upex

    Stephen Upex

    Roman Specialist

    Guest Star

    Ian Powlesland

    Ian Powlesland

    Digger/Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: Welcome to Bedford Purlieus Wood in Cambridgeshire. It's the kind of place you'd think would be the enemy of archaeologists, because you can't see because of all these trees. But take a look at this. this stunning aerial picture was taken by firing a ;laser between the trees it shows all these lumps and bumps, and you see this thing here, could that be a building, and another one there and there and there? Is this some kind of complex? Well back in the 1800's an antiquarian noted the remains of some roman buildings in this wood and apparently some roman statues nearby. So could this high tech picture be showing us those remains and a lot more besides? Maybe some kind of extensive roman settlement.

        Over the next three days Time Team are going to risk being bitten to death by midges and small spiders as they attempt to solve the roman mystery in the woods.

      • Tony: Well look at that, lovely and neat, look at that, chaos.
        Phil: I don't actually regard that as extremely chaotic. Come and have a look.
        Tony: Well there's a rather large archaeologist in my eye-line.
        Phil: Look we've got a nice long straight row here it's all built of stone, we've even got one stone on top of another stone here. Now then what would you call that?
        Tony: It's a wall.
        Phil: Thank you.
        Tony: I eat my words.
        Phil: That's right.

      • Tony: If we do find a Roman furnace this time it could completely change our view of what was happening here because there are also and awful lot of pits showing up on our LIDAR picture and quarry pits are a classic sign of Roman iron-working so maybe we haven't got a villa here, but a specialist industrial site.

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