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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 16 Summary

Time Team returns for its 16th series, travelling the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites - including the discovery of the Team's first ever Roman temple.

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    Episode 1 - Beacon of the Fens: Warboys, The Fens

    Set in the flat, windswept expanse of the Fens, this little mound of earth known as Chapel Hill has intrigued archaeologists for years. The landowners have found ornately carved stone blocks around the hill, suggesting a religious building may once have stood on it - but they've also found beautiful flint axes that are at least 4000 years old.

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    Episode 2 - The Hollow Way: Ulnaby, County Durham

    The distinctive grass-covered remains of the deserted medieval village of Ulnaby are a landmark in the Durham countryside. And although they've been photographed, surveyed and written about, they've never been dug. But now Tony Robinson and the Team have been invited to physically unearth the secrets of one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Britain.

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    Episode 3 - The Wedding Present: Scargill, County Durham

    Ten years ago two archaeologists got married. The groom bought for his beloved bride a wreck of a building, Scargill Castle, in the remote wilds of County Durham. This decrepit gatehouse and scattering of ruined walls was reputed to have once been a medieval stronghold in a lawless, violent landscape that was fought over for centuries by English and Scottish kings.

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    Episode 4 - Anarchy in the UK: Radcot, Oxfordshire

    A peaceful waterside field beside the oldest bridge over the higher reaches of the River Thames in Oxfordshire poses the perfect setting for a Time Team assault. Their mission? To uncover what looks like the remains of a large medieval castle buried under the grass.

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    Episode 5 - Hermit Harbour: Looe, Cornwall

    The Team descend on a tiny Cornish island that legend says was once visited by Jesus Christ. With such a claim to fame, the tiny chapel on Looe Island became a magnet for medieval pilgrims. Over three days the archaeologists try to get to the bottom of a story that could reveal some of the earliest evidence of Christianity in Britain.

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    Episode 6 - The Trouble with Temples: Friar's Wash, Hertfordshire

    For the last 15 years, finding even one Roman temple has eluded the Team. So when they travel to a field in Hertfordshire, they are as enthusiastic as ever, although not exactly optimistic. So imagine their excitement at finding not one temple, but four - one of which is so rare it is only the second of its type ever found.

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    Episode 7 - Toga Town: Caerwent, South Wales

    Tony Robinson and the Team investigate Caerwent in South Wales, one of Britain's best kept secrets. Apparently just a small village well off any main road, it is in fact the country's best preserved Roman town. And amazingly many of its 2000-year-old secrets have yet to be discovered.

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    Episode 8 - Blood, Sweat and Beers: Risehill, North Yorkshire

    Tony Robinson ventures to the wild and windswept heights of the Yorkshire Dales to uncover a story of murder, suicide and heroic endurance against the elements. In an archaeological first, Time Team investigate a settlement lived in by the railway navvies, probably the toughest, most lawless breed of the Victorian era.

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    Episode 9 - Mystery of the Ice Cream Villa: Colworth, Bedfordshire

    The Team are invited to investigate a Bedfordshire field by a group of amateur archaeologists who also just happen to be experts in the science of ice cream! Countless pieces of Roman pottery, coins and building material, suggest this now empty field was once home to a grand Roman villa.

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    Episode 10 - Called to the Bar: Lincoln's Inn, London

    Tony Robinson and the Team don their wigs and best suits in the hope of blending in with the posh surroundings of Lincoln's Inn, London. Amid the grand buildings that make up one of the world's oldest and most distinguished law societies, they have been asked to discover the remains of a 13th century palace that belonged to Henry III's Lord Chancellor.

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    Episode 11 - Heroes' Hill: Knockdhu, Co Antrim

    The headland at Knockdhu on the County Antrim coast offers breathtaking views, and also one of the most testing digs Time Team have ever undertaken: excavating the massive ditches and banks dug by prehistoric tribes to defend the site almost 4000 years ago.

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    Episode 12 - Buried Bishops and Belfries: Salisbury Cathedral

    Tony Robinson and the team get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dig in the hallowed grounds of Salisbury Cathedral. Over three days the archaeologists reveal the long-lost original bell tower every bit as impressive as the cathedral itself.

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    Episode 13 - Skeletons in the Shed: Blythburgh, Suffolk

    When the new owners of a house in Blythburgh in Suffolk explored their potting shed they were shocked to discover a cupboard full of human skulls. Could these remains have something to do with what's lurking amongst the shrubs and trees: the superb ruins of a medieval priory that has lain hidden for years?

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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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