Time Team

Season 18 Episode 1

Tottiford Reservoir, Devon

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 06, 2011 on Channel 4
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Tottiford Reservoir, Devon
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Reservoir Rituals The first stone henge to be discovered in Britain for a century would be cause enough for major celebration, but there's double bubbles as Tony Robinson and his hardy team of archaeologists celebrate their 200th dig, in the first episode of this new series. The site is the bed of a Devon reservoir with a strange assortment of prehistoric remains. Luckily for the diggers the reservoir has been specially drained, but they still face three days of wading through thick, sticky mud as they piece together the story of thousands of years of rituals performed in this beautiful secret valley high up on Dartmoor. The Team slowly uncover a network of monuments that suggest that they have found a major prehistoric site. But the best discovery is left until the last day when they unearth the remains of that stone henge. It's the perfect end to a milestone in the programme's history.moreless

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    Jane Marchand

    Jane Marchand

    Dartmoor Park Authority

    Guest Star

    Bob Johnston (II)

    Bob Johnston (II)

    Prehistorian

    Guest Star

    Faye Simpson

    Faye Simpson

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Ian Barclay

    Ian Barclay

    Digger/Driver

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: Welcome to Dartmoor, one of the richest and best mapped prehistoric landscapes in Britain. But not all of it has been investigated and there's a very good reason for that, because for the last 150 years this has been at the bottom of the reservoir that supplied the people of Torquay with their drinking water. Fast forward to the present day and the reservoir's looking pretty empty because the local water company has decided to pull the plug and give us a unique opportunity to explore a lost world. This could be some of the best prehistoric archaeology in Britain.


        The only problem is now that we've got rid of the water, how are we going to cope with the mud? It really is, very difficult.


      • Tony: So it could just be a nice little path or it could be ritual.


        Francis: I think its ritual, Tony.


        Tony: Ritual, I've heard that before.


      • Tony: If Francis is right, then this is a very special site because we've haven't dug a prehistoric stone circle on Time Team before.


      • Tony: Are you glad we came?


        Jane: Very, thank you very much. I think we're going to have to rewrite some of Dartmoor's archaeology books, because of you.

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