Digging For Britain's Secrets


Season 3 Episode 1 - East

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Professor Alice Roberts returns to take a fresh approach to archaeology on screen, getting out into the field to show viewers the unique excitement of unearthing revelatory new artefacts. In this episode, archaeologists are in the Norwich Castle Museum to look at the new finds, including the Pompeii of the Bronze Age, burial rituals that reveal the secrets of Anglo-Saxon childbirth, and the final days of the 16th-century Tudor complex.
Episodes 2017

Season 2 Episode 4 - Ice And Stone

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In the final episode, Dr Alice Roberts goes in search of our elusive Stone Age ancestors. Along the way she visits the Channel island of Jersey where she meets a team of archaeologists hoping to shed new light on the much maligned Neanderthals, and embarks on a kayak survey of the coastline looking for undiscovered sites hidden in the cliffs. At the Natural history museum, Alice comes face to face with the dark side of our Ice Age ancestors’ lives – she sees evidence of cannibalism and the ritu...

July 22, 2017

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Dr Alice Roberts travels back to the Ages of Bronze and Iron to discover what kind of a place Britain was before the Romans invaded. With no written history, only archaeology can provide the clues. Alice uncovers a world that is complex, sophisticated and pretty strange.

July 15, 2017

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Dr Alice Roberts travels back to the Viking Age in Britain and visits excavations that are revealing a different side to these seafaring pirates from Scandinavia. She looks for signs of the earliest Viking settlers in the Outer Hebrides and in Orkney, where Viking dominance outlasted anywhere else in Britain. She visits the excavation of a Viking chief's citadel and finds evidence of their way-of-life. There's an extraordinary collection of silver and gold that demonstrates the furthest reaches...

July 8, 2017

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Dr Alice Roberts returns for a second season as she follows an entire year of British archaeology, joining up the results of digs and investigations the length of the country. This episode concentrates on Roman Britannia, where finds include the thickening mystery of 97 baby skeletons found by the Thames, a newly discovered town in rural Devon that turns history on its head, and a Roman cult figure buried for 1,700 years beneath a fort.

Season 1 Episode 4 - The Tudors

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On the muddy banks of the Thames, discover the rich history of a forgotten royal palace, which was home to the Tudor kings and queens, and learn about a mysterious shipwreck. A team is uncovering the brutal realities of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, and reveal the secrets of the rubbish dump at the bottom of Shakespeare's garden.

Season 1 Episode 3 - The Anglo-Saxons

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They divided the land and heralded the arrival of the Dark Ages. From key sites that are throwing light on this most mysterious of periods, to the skeletons found at Bamburgh, Northumbria, and a remarkable community project in a shopping centre in Sittingbourne, experts discover if the Anglo-Saxons were really just barbarians.

Season 1 Episode 2 - Prehistory

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In Norfolk, newly unearthed flint tools push the earliest human occupation back by 200,000 years, to around one million years ago. In Orkney an early farm yields glimpses of our ancestors’ earliest religious beliefs and customs – cattle skulls buried within building walls, and tiny household goddesses. In Devon, we find one of the oldest known shipwrecks. And a bronze age burial holds a mystery, and touching evidence of grief echoing down over 2,000 years.

Season 1 Episode 1 - The Romans

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This pioneering series unearths the amazing stories and thrilling treasures hidden just below Britain's surface. Everywhere you stand on this small but significant island, there are worlds beneath your feet, and every year hundreds of excavations bring more of them to light. Ambitious, bold and multi-layered, Digging for Britain follows the lead of the experts, cross-referencing one discovery against another, using new information to illuminate existing collections and building a fascinating pi...

Season 4 Episode 4 - Ireland's Treasures Uncovered

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Professor Alice Roberts tells the story of the iconic Irish artefacts that have helped to shape and create modern Ireland, both North and South. This episode reveals the surprising tales behind treasures such as the Tara Broach, the Broighter Hoard, and the Waterford Charter Roll, revealing new stories behind the artefacts that we thought we already knew. It also reveals the most recent astounding finds that are adding to the list of Ireland's Treasures.