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In late 2003 two metal detectorists were working in a field in Yorkshire. They found 'treasure' buried just beneath the surface - a collection of Viking material next to a body.

Although they had been detecting on the site for a number of years, during which time they had made large numbers of finds, nothing they had uncovered previously compared with this. They decided to share their discovery with archaeologists.

In this Time Team Special, produced and directed by Brendan Hughes, Brendan and an assistant followed the excavation of the site and the often difficult relationship between the metal detectorists and the archaeologists over a period of a year from late 2005 to 2006.

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    1. The Madness of Bedlam: A Time Team Special The Madness of Bedlam Sun 1 Dec 2013

      Seven hundred years ago the world's first lunatic asylum opened for business in Bishopsgate, London.

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      Today's submarines are vast, billion-pound, high-tech monsters with a nuclear payload that can level cities. But the…

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    3. The Secret of Lincoln Jail: A Time Team Special The Secret of Lincoln Jail Sun 30 Jun 2013

      Lincoln has been dominated by its castle for over 1000 years. Its high stone walls and gatehouses were built to impress…

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    4. Britain's Stone Age Tsunami Britain's Stone Age Tsunami Thu 30 May 2013

      Tony Robinson reveals astonishing new evidence that shows how, 8000 years ago, a huge tsunami swamped the east coast of…

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        Tony Robinson investigates evidence pointing towards a tsunami off the coast of Scotland.
    5. Rediscovering Ancient Britain Rediscovering Ancient Britain Sun 17 Jun 2012

      For thousands of years, nomadic tribes roamed freely across Britain. But by 5000 BC they were starting to settle down…

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    6. Searching for Shakespeare's House Searching for Shakespeare's House Sun 11 Mar 2012

      Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in…

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    7. Time Team Specials Brunel's Last Launch Thu 10 Nov 2011

      Nowadays, London's East End is synonymous with the 2012 Olympic Games. Cutting-edge engineering and design have…

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        Tony Robinson and the team probe the disastrous east London launch of Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's revolutionary vessel the SS Great Eastern 150 years ago
    8. Mick Aston The Way We Lived Sun 8 May 2011

      Tony Robinson and Mick Aston dig out the best bits of over 200 Time Team episodes to tell the story of how our domestic…

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    9. Boudica's Lost Tribe Boudica's Lost Tribe Wed 4 May 2011

      Boudica is revered as one of the greatest female warriors in history. Tony Robinson traces her story and follows a…

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    10. John Gater Looking Underground Sun 1 May 2011

      Tony Robinson and geophys boffin John Gater look back over 200 digs at the extraordinary achievements of cutting-edge…

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    11. The Somme's Secret Weapon: A Time Team Special The Somme's Secret Weapon Thu 14 Apr 2011

      In the half-light of dawn, on the frontline of the Somme battlefield on 1 July 1916, a small metal nozzle pushed its…

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    12. Wars of the Roses: A Time Team Special Wars of the Roses Wed 16 Mar 2011

      The Battle of Bosworth was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses. It was the beginning of the end of three…

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    13. Tony by a well reconstruction Hadrian's Well Wed 10 Nov 2010

      While digging a huge site in the middle of London, archaeologists uncovered two extraordinary Roman cisterns. At the…

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    14. Bamburgh Castle of the Saxon Kings Fri 11 Sep 2009

      Tony and the Team help investigate the Saxon roots of Bamburgh Castle, high on rocky cliffs in Northumberland above the…

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    15. Ship's Crest The Wreck of the Colossus Thu 16 Apr 2009

      In 2001, divers discovered one of the most exciting naval artefacts ever found in British waters, part of the wreck of…

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      On the morning of 6 June 1944 Allied troops landed in France to attack Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' and begin the…

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      The story of the biggest villa excavation in this country for 50 years, some of the finest mosaics ever discovered and…

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From the secrets of Stonehenge to the hidden tunnels and dugouts of World War I, Sir Tony Robinson and the Team take on some very special archaeological assignments