Chronicle: Archaeology on Television | Excavations and reports from Sutton Hoo to Machu Picchu
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 31 December 1966
DURATION | 10 minutes 28 seconds
How far can a goose walk in a day? Glyn Daniel recruits Olympic gold medal winner Ann Packer to find out how long it would have taken to walk geese from northern Gaul to Rome. This march, which was described by the Roman writer Pliny in his 'Natural History' in the 1st Century AD, also serves as a practical demonstration of how keen the Romans were on their version of foie gras.
'The Roman Goose March' is a good example of 'Chronicle' putting experimental archaeology into practice. In another edition, sixth-form schoolboys punted replicas of the bluestones of Stonehenge up the River Avon and then dragged them on sledges across Salisbury Plain. These experiments brought history alive on television and allowed serious calculations to be made for the benefit of archaeologists.
A waddle along the Ridgeway discovers how much ground a goose can cover.
John Julius Norwich brings the Byzantine Empire alive for a fleeting moment in Istanbul.
Myth and history merge in this account of archaeological discovery on Crete and Santorini.
Television and archaeology unite to discover Bronze Age Britain.
Brunel's huge iron ship, SS Great Britain, returns to Bristol.
What was Stonehenge for? One man thinks he knows.
Journey into the heart of the rainforest in search of Mayan civilisation and mythology.
How the Rosetta Stone translated ancient Egypt to the modern world.
Follow the results of an excavation at the Bronze Age site of Phylakopi.
Spectacular archaeological discoveries of ancient tombs in northern Greece.
An exploration of a lost city in the middle of the desert in Iraq.
Special 'Chronicle' expedition across the Andes and into the Peruvian jungle.
Excavations at Sutton Hoo cast new light on Anglo-Saxon culture.
Archaeology unearths the past histories of African slaves in America.
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