Archaeology videos on-line

An increasing number of archaeology resources are available on-line.  I recently stumbled across the on-line archive of the classic BBC series, Chronicle.  The original programs are now available on iPlayer here, including the Silbury Hill Dig, Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo.  One program focusing on the discovery of sites through aerial photography is available at a separate location on the BBC website.Channel 4 have also loaded most of the Time Team programs on their 4oD website, which is their equivalent of iPlayer.  Of local interest are the following programs:

Series 9 | Episode 13 | Seven Buckets and a Buckle, Breamore, Hampshire – Byzantine ‘buckets’, Anglo-Saxon spear heads, shields, a disproportionate number of double burials – the cemetery that Time Team excavated for the 2001 ‘Live’ opened an important new window onto the so-called ‘Dark Ages’.

Series 8 | Episode 7 | An Iron-Age Roundhouse on Salisbury Plain – Salisbury Plain, as well as being the British Army’s biggest training ground, is one of Europe’s most extensive areas of undisturbed archaeology. Over 38,000 hectares – an area the size of the Isle of Wight – is given over to the military here.  Time Team was called in to investigate a site believed to contain the remains of settlements spanning both the Iron Age and the Roman era. The aim was to find sufficient evidence to get the site scheduled by English Heritage ¿ so protecting it for the future.

Series 16 | 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.

Series 11 | Episode 10 | Cranborne Chase, Dorset – Dorset farmer Simon Meadon’s land is packed with archaeology. There’s a large Roman building, which might be a villa, but may be too big. On the other side of the hill there’s a Bronze Age boundary ditch, a circular ring-ditch, Iron Age or Roman enclosures and another Roman building.  But most importantly, a number of burials have been found on Simon’s farm. No one knows for sure who these people were. Three of them look like they’re probably Romano-British, but the others might be later. Were they related to the large Roman building on the other side of the hill? Were people being buried here because there were prehistoric ritual monuments in the area? Are there prehistoric burials here as well? And what about the post-Roman people?  The Team have the task of untangling all the elements of the site, and then trying to identify more clearly who these people were, whether there are more of them buried here, and how they might be linked with the archaeology around them.

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