Time Team

Season 10 Episode 1

Raunds, Northamptonshire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Jan 05, 2003 on Channel 4
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Raunds, Northamptonshire
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Under the Fishpond

The team meets Morris and Pat Jones who, when digging a small pond in their Northamptonshire garden, unearthed a skeleton (nicknamed Henry by Pat) - laid out with a knife, ceremonial pottery and a valuable buckle. It was clearly Saxon.

Maurice and Pat called in Time Team to answer their many questions. Could they have a whole cemetery in the garden? Who might be buried there? The team of excavators and experts move into the Jones' garden for just three days to discover as much as they can about the mysteries that lie beneath it.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    David Thorpe (II)

    David Thorpe (II)

    Field Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Paul Blinkhorn

    Paul Blinkhorn

    Anglo-Saxon Pottery Expert

    Guest Star

    Pat Jones

    Pat Jones

    Local Resident

    Guest Star

    Helen Geake

    Helen Geake

    Anglo Saxon Expert

    Recurring Role

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • Tony: Mick would you expect this body to be buried on its own?
        Mick: No I wouldn't I'd expect it to be part of a big cemetery that was all over this area.
        Tony: So, how do we locate that?
        Mick: We'd have to take a reasonably big area and take the top soil off and see if we can see where the grave cuts were cut into the surface.
        Tony: Did you hear that phrase 'take a big area'?
        Pat: Yes, I did.
        Tony: I think he wants your garden up.
        Mick: It depends how much of your garden we can write off really.
        Tony: Are you happy to sacrifice ten years of gardening?
        Pat: I'm open to negotiation.
        Tony: You're going to have to come up with some pretty convincing arguments.
        Mick: Well if we start with the grass and the path are we could do a lot with that.
        Pat: (nervously) Yeah, ok.

      • Tony: It's a game of Battleships isn't it?
        Mick: It's exactly like Battleships, you could be in the square next door, you could be an inch away from a grave and still not see it.
        Tony: So what else do we do?
        Mick: Well I think we have to increase the area we've got available. (indicating the map) We can triple the size of that, we can dig an area here. But the other possibility is to go outside the area isn't it? These boundaries are modern; they've got nothing to do with the original cemetery.
        Tony: So where shall we go?
        Helen: Well we need to go somewhere where we've got space to do a big strip, and the obvious place is the allotment up here. They're not being used at the moment we could get a really big area opened. That would really add to these small holes here.
        Tony: Well that would be good except I don't want to see us avoiding Pat's garden, we're looking more Henry's in her garden.

      • Tony: It's tipping down with rain now, but ever since we found those grave cuts everyone is so up, and even though we've turned Pat's garden into a hell-hole she's as happy as Larry because at last she's got a chance to dig with her hero Phil Harding.

      • Tony: (v.o.)To excavate a skeleton you don't need to know the name of every human bone, but it might stop you being teased by an expert.
        Tony: Why would Phil want to look at the gubic pubicle?
        Margaret: Well this is an invention of Phil's if you remember from an earlier excavation. Most of the rest of us look for the pubic cubicle, it's absolutely gorgeous.
        Phil: Look I'm a humble archaeologist Margaret, I'm not a gynaecologist.
        Margaret: Thank God for that!

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Helen: How many swallows make a summer, how many graves make a cemetery?

        Helen Geake is referencing a famous quotation by the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) when he said one swallow does not a summer make. He was using it as a warning not to assume a single instance proves the whole, a point Helen is attempting to reinforce.

      • Tony: It's a game of Battleships isn't it?

        The game Battleship is a board game for two people. Although popularised in the US as a commercial board game, first published by the Milton Bradley Company in 1931, it was known throughout the world as a pencil and paper game probably created by the French during World War I.

      • Phil: Will nobody rid me of this turbulent scientist?

        Phil has cast himself in the role of King Henry II and Chris Gaffney as the ill-fated Thomas à Becket in this reference to a somewhat disputed quote by the King made to four of his knights about the trouble that the Archbishop was causing for him in the winter of 1179.

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