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Chronicle | Silbury Dig: The Heart of the Mound

Television and archaeology unite to discover Bronze Age Britain.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 27 July 1968

DURATION | 39 minutes 12 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1968

Synopsis

Silbury is one of the largest prehistoric earthworks in Europe, possibly dating to 2400BC. In this programme, originally broadcast live, Magnus Magnusson meets the archaeologists who have uncovered a tunnel that leads into the heart of the mound.

Did you know?

'Chronicle' filmed excavations at the Silbury Mound from 1968 to 1970, one of the largest operations mounted by the programme. This 1968 dig was not, however, the first attempt to uncover the secrets of Silbury Hill. The Duke of Northumberland sank a shaft into the mound in 1777. A tunnel was dug in 1849, while in 1922, Sir William Flinders Petrie cut a large trench into the base of the mound. This trench was reopened and re-examined as part of the 'Chronicle' series in 1969.

Contributors

Contributor
Barbara Hart-Jones
Contributor
Dr John Taylor
Contributor
Director
Producer

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