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Digging for Britain

Dr Alice Roberts follows a year of British archaeology, joining up the results of digs

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Series 11: 6. Forgotten Fortresses And Lost Villages

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 6. Forgotten Fortresses And Lost Villages

Digs in the west of Britain reveal a forgotten fortress teetering on the edge of a cliff, evidence of the oldest house in Cardiff and a discovery at a Roman mosaic that shocks t ...

16-05-2024

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Series 11: 5. 3000-year-old Shoes And Giant Axeheads

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 5. 3000-year-old Shoes And Giant Axeheads

Archaeology in the south of England unearths Britain’s oldest shoe, the lost shipyard of one of England’s greatest warrior kings and Britain’s top-secret WWII ...

15-05-2024

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Series 11: 4. A Roman Mystery And Waterloo’s Disappearing Dead

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 4. A Roman Mystery And Waterloo’s Disappearing Dead

Roberts reveals the most fascinating archaeological finds this year in the East of England: a Roman dodecahedron, the secrets of Boudicca’s hill fort and Waterloo’s ...

14-05-2024

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Series 11: 3. A Norman Panic Room And A Mesolithic Fish Trap

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 3. A Norman Panic Room And A Mesolithic Fish Trap

In the west of Britain, there's a rare medieval cemetery, a disappearing Mesolithic landscape, a mysterious Iron Age burial and the ruins of a Gothic masterpiece.

13-05-2024

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Series 11: 2. Anglo-saxon Gold And Rebellious Nuns

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 2. Anglo-saxon Gold And Rebellious Nuns

In central England, an RAF airbase with a Roman past, a forgotten medieval nunnery, a gold pendant from a 7th-century grave and a pub with a very long history of hospitality.

09-05-2024

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Series 11: 1. The Roman Emperor’s Bathhouse

Digging For Britain - Series 11: 1. The Roman Emperor’s Bathhouse

Digs in northern Britain reveal a Roman emperor’s lost bathhouse, the sunken treasures of medieval pilgrims and a formidable fortress perched on top of a Scottish mountain.

07-05-2024

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The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 1

Digging For Britain - The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 1

Professor Alice Roberts re-examines key archaeological sites of prehistoric Britain, from the arrival of the earliest humans to mysterious ceremonies at Stonehenge.

05-04-2024

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Series 9: Episode 6

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 6

The north of England is so rich in archaeological finds that Alice Roberts is travelling back there once again to reveal more of its fascinating history.\n\nShe starts this jour ...

29-03-2024

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Series 9: Episode 5

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 5

The west of Britain is explored for the best of its archaeological digs and post excavation discoveries.\n\nIn north Somerset, archaeologists are blown away by the discovery of ...

28-03-2024

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Series 9: Episode 4

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 4

Alice Roberts travels across the Midlands, looking at the best archaeology uncovered last year in the heart of England. \n\nIn a Digging for Britain exclusive, we join palaeonto ...

27-03-2024

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Series 9: Episode 3

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 3

The show travels to the north of the UK to look at the most fascinating archaeology uncovered in the region over the course of 2021. \n\nIn North Yorkshire, a team of community ...

26-03-2024

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Series 9: Episode 2

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 2

The south of England is the location for a rich and colourful selection of outstanding archaeology excavated in this episode.\n\nThe HS2 High Speed Rail line from London to Birm ...

21-03-2024

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Series 9: Episode 1

Digging For Britain - Series 9: Episode 1

This episode sees Alice Roberts tour the East of England, seeking out the most outstanding archaeological digs of the year.\n\nStarting in style, she witnesses the uncovering of ...

20-03-2024

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Series 8: 4. Wwii Special

Digging For Britain - Series 8: 4. Wwii Special

The team are on an archaeological hunt of our more recent past as they follow the search for artefacts from World War II. They join marine archaeologists in the Solent as they r ...

26-12-2023

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The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 4

Digging For Britain - The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 4

Professor Alice Roberts re-examines the key archaeological sites of Anglo-Saxon Britain and finds the evidence of a warrior culture and the enormous wealth of their aristocracy.

13-06-2023

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Series 8: 3. South

Digging For Britain - Series 8: 3. South

In this episode covering the south of Britain, we find out how a lobster led archaeologists to the discovery of an 8,000-year-old neolithic underwater settlement, go to a secret ...

08-06-2023

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Series 8: 2. North

Digging For Britain - Series 8: 2. North

The remains of a Tudor house in Leicestershire were thought to be the childhood home of England’s forgotten queen, Lady Jane Grey. But when archaeologists excavate, they f ...

07-06-2023

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Series 8: 1. West

Digging For Britain - Series 8: 1. West

Professor Alice Roberts returns with the eighth series of BBC Four’s Digging for Britain. In the first episode, we explore this year’s finds in the west of Britain. ...

06-06-2023

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The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 3

Digging For Britain - The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 3

Professor Alice Roberts re-examines the key archaeological sites of Roman Britain, from the foundation of Londinium in the south to fierce siege battles in the north.

05-06-2023

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The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 2

Digging For Britain - The Greatest Discoveries: Episode 2

Professor Alice Roberts re-examines the key archaeological sites of Iron Age Britain, from an incredible chariot burial in Yorkshire to a vast coin hoard on Jersey.

31-05-2023

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Series 10: 6. Ice Age Camp And A Saint With Syphilis

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 6. Ice Age Camp And A Saint With Syphilis

In Scotland and the north of England, Alice investigates an Ice Age camp, the mystery of a medieval skeleton and the earliest evidence of salt making in Britain.

30-05-2023

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Series 10: 5. Roman Mosaics And Ancient Weapons

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 5. Roman Mosaics And Ancient Weapons

Travelling east, Alice discovers a Roman barn conversion, unearths a Tudor fort and finds intricately carved 10,000-year-old weapons.

24-05-2023

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Series 10: 4. Mystery Shipwreck And A Roman Army Camp

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 4. Mystery Shipwreck And A Roman Army Camp

Alice Roberts reveals a Dutch ship sunk by the English, a Cornish Roman fort and a 5,000-year-old Neolithic monument.

23-05-2023

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Series 10: 3. Headless Romans And Anglo Saxon Gold

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 3. Headless Romans And Anglo Saxon Gold

A gatehouse riddled with Civil War bullets, a unique Iron Age shield made from bark and Roman burials with pots where the heads should be.

17-05-2023

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Series 10: 2. Arthur's Stone And A Georgian Mine

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 2. Arthur's Stone And A Georgian Mine

In the west of the UK, a spectacular monument older than Stonehenge, a 200-year-old mine trapped in time and a lost medieval friary.

16-05-2023

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Series 10: 1. Roman Towns And Tudor Shipwrecks

Digging For Britain - Series 10: 1. Roman Towns And Tudor Shipwrecks

Digs in southern England reveal a previously unknown Roman town, a Tudor ship buried beneath a quarry and evidence of Henry VIII’s financial\nforgery under the Tower of Lo ...

15-05-2023

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Series 7: 4. Iron Age Revealed

Digging For Britain - Series 7: 4. Iron Age Revealed

Alice Roberts follows the excavation of Iron Age Britain’s most spectacular grave. A team of archaeologists in East Yorkshire have uncovered the remains of only the third ...

16-02-2022

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Series 7: 3. East

Digging For Britain - Series 7: 3. East

Professor Alice Roberts explores this year’s most exciting archaeological finds from the east of Britain. Every new discovery was filmed by the archaeologists themselves, ...

09-02-2022

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Series 7: 2. West

Digging For Britain - Series 7: 2. West

Professor Alice Robert explores this year’s most exciting archaeological finds from the west of Britain. Every new discovery was filmed by the archaeologists themselves, g ...

02-02-2022

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Series 7: 1. North

Digging For Britain - Series 7: 1. North

Professor Alice Roberts celebrates the biggest and best archaeological discoveries of 2018 from the north of the UK. Each digging team has been filming its own excavations, givi ...

05-05-2021

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Series 4: 3. North

Digging For Britain - Series 4: 3. North

Professor Alice Roberts explores the year's most exciting archaeological finds in the north of Britain. A team discovers clues to Scotland's first kingdoms, metal detectorists u ...

24-09-2020

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Series 4: 2. East

Digging For Britain - Series 4: 2. East

Professor Alice Roberts explores the year's most exciting archaeological finds in the east of Britain. A team unearths a mass grave, divers search the Thames for clues to a 17th ...

16-09-2020

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Series 6: 4. The Horsemen Of Hadrian's Wall

Digging For Britain - Series 6: 4. The Horsemen Of Hadrian's Wall

In this special, Professor Alice Roberts reveals the forgotten story of the Roman Army's secret weapon in Britain - their cavalry. These fearsome horsemen were the key to defend ...

11-10-2019

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Series 6: 3. North

Digging For Britain - Series 6: 3. North

Professor Alice Roberts explores some of this year's most exciting archaeological finds from the north of Britain. Each discovery comes straight from the site, filmed by the arc ...

10-10-2019

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Series 6: 2. East

Digging For Britain - Series 6: 2. East

Professor Alice Roberts explores some of this year's most exciting archaeological finds from the east of Britain. Each discovery comes straight from the trenches/site, filmed by ...

26-09-2019

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Series 6: 1. West

Digging For Britain - Series 6: 1. West

Professor Alice Roberts explores some of this year's most exciting archaeological finds from the west of Britain. Each discovery comes straight from the trenches/site, filmed by ...

20-09-2019

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