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In this popular and (literally) groundbreaking programme, Tony Robinson and a team of experts travel the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites of historical importance

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In this popular and (literally) groundbreaking programme, Tony Robinson and a team of experts travel the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites of historical importance

Series 1 Summary

This first series marks a new approach to archaeology on British television and sets out to capture both the excitement and immediacy of the process of discovery - archaeology as it happens.

To complement the more familiar forms of archaeological exploration, the team have at their disposal all the hi-tech aids available to the modern archaeologist, including ground radar, geophysical surveying, computerised reconstruction as well as helicopter surveys.

  • Episode 1 - The Guerilla Base of the King

    The team have three days to investigate a site in Athelney, Somerset which could hold the key to one of the most crucial phases in English history - Alfred The Great's defeat of the Danes.

    A field newly-shorn of its cabbage crop, an isolated apple orchard in bloom and the flanking farmlands that now cover the low-lying hills at Athelney, Somerset, could hold the key to one of the most crucial phases in English history: Alfred the Great's defeat of the Danes.

    The Time Team archaeologists have just three days to sort out questions raised by a local farmer about the history on his doorstep. Was this once impenetrable, marsh-encircled site Alfred's hiding place? The fortress from which he launched forays against the bloodthirsty invaders?

  • Episode 2 - On the Edge of the Empire

    Another close-up look at the process of archaeological discovery - at Ribchester, Lancashire, a site which, for the first 100 years of Roman rule in Britain, was part of the northern frontier, an inhospitable location where all that separated the invaders from the hostile tribesmen were ditches and forts.

    Working against the clock, the Time Team reveal by excavation a unique piece of military engineering that holds the key to just how the Roman army survived - around AD100 - in this remote outpost of the Empire.

  • Episode 3 - The New Town of a Norman Prince

    The Time Team turn their attention to Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Over their allotted three days, they reveal in present-day gardens and, in the kitchen of one family, fascinating evidence about the early development of a medieval town and an important aspect of England's past.

  • Episode 4 - The Fortress in the Lake

    The Time Team travel to the site of a Dark Age man-made island - known as a crannog - in Llangorse lake, near Brecon in Wales.

    The archaeologists have just three days to unravel some of the questions raised by a member of the public about the lake where, over 1,000 years ago, a Welsh king built an island base. The site poses a number of questions: what happened to the people who lived there? What was their connection with Ireland and the ancient script known as ogham, previously found on nearby stones?

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In this popular and (literally) groundbreaking programme, Tony Robinson and a team of experts travel the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites of historical importance

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