Time Team

Season 12 Episode 10

South Perrott, Dorset

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Mar 06, 2005 on Channel 4
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South Perrott, Dorset
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The Puzzle of Pickett's Farm. A series of finds by metal detectorists of Roman brooches and small-denomination Roman coins in a hilltop field near South Perrott, in Dorset, resulted in Time Team being called in by the landowner. Further encouraged by what, at first sight, had appeared to be fragments of Roman tile and other building material, the Team assembled its best Roman experts in the expectation that they were most likely looking at the site of a Roman temple. It didn't take the experts long, however, to start pouring cold water on this theory. The tile and other building material turned out not to be Roman after all; the pottery discovered during field walking was all medieval; and although additional Roman coins were uncovered as the trenches went in, there was no sign of any buildings, Roman or otherwise. But something had been going on in this field. What was it?moreless

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    James Adcock

    James Adcock

    Geophysicist

    Guest Star

    Roger Legg

    Roger Legg

    Landowner

    Guest Star

    Anita Legg

    Anita Legg

    Landowner

    Guest Star

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: When did you first realise that there might be something under this?
        Roger: Well I've ploughed this field about 25 times in the last 30 years, and as a rule we would break two or three of these shearbolts every time we plough it.

      • Tony: So, we've got metal finds?
        Mark: Yeah, we've got the coins, and the brooches
        Tony: But there was never a Roman Building here?
        Mark: Oh but that's not necessarily the case, because we could have a building in timber. There is certainly Roman activity up here, but from this there is nothing to indicate a substantial stone or tiled roof structure. Sorry
        Tony: This is going to be one of those digs (v.o.) and the news gets worse. The field walker's finds have been washed and mapped, and there is nothing Roman, and Geo-Phys are looking even glummer than usual.

      • Tony: We've done the field-walking here, and there's nothing Roman here at all, just a lot of medieval, but what's the GeoPhys like? John have you finished it yet?
        John: Well, it's a clear Barrow. There, you just walked through the boundary here and look at that clear arc. We've lost the middle of it because of the modern boundary but it's there.
        Tony: Guy, do you think that this barrow has got anything to do with the Roman finds?
        Guy: Well I've got to admit it's not exactly what I expected when I came up here, but the reality is the Romans did pay a huge amount of attention to the prehistoric monuments, after all they were dotted around the landscape they were impressed by them, they made offerings to them. That could explain the Roman stuff up here.
        Tony: So what do we do about the barrow?
        Mick: I think we need to learn a little bit more about it and obviously we need to have a look in the centre because if it is a barrow it should have a burial in it. So that we can confirm that it is a barrow.

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