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Digging up the past in Gloucestershire
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Time Team unearthing Gloucestershire's past
Last updated: 12 February 2005 1006 GMT
lineAn episode of the popular TV archaeology programme Time Team was filmed at a secret location near Stonehouse in August 2004.
UPDATE! Episode to be shown Sunday 13th February 2005
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quote The field walking has brought up some really interesting Roman finds, so we want to know what's going on here.quote
Tony Robinson

Archaeologists from TV's Time Team arrived in Gloucestershire in 2004 to film an episode for the new series.

Around 50 people, including camera crews, producers, and presenters were involved in the production.

Secret location

It took place at a secret location not far from Stonehouse.

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The group arrived on August 24 and spent three days in total unearthing a possible Roman site.

The finished programme in the popular history series will be shown in early 2005.

Fantastic "geophys"

During the first day of filming presenter Tony Robinson explained to BBC Gloucestershire why they've decided to film here in the county.

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Will Team Team unearth anything like this?

"There's been some fantastic 'geophys' in a field round here," he said. "Lots of square lines which seem to look Roman, and lots of round lines which seem to look Iron Age.

"And the field walking has brought up some really interesting Roman finds, so we want to know what's going on here.

Iron Age chieftain

"What it could be is that you've got an Iron Age chieftain living here and then the Romans came along and then he became one of the puppet rulers for the Romans, and adopted the new lifestyle, so he moved out of his roundhouse and moved into a nice square Roman Villa.

quote We don't know what it is but our alarm bells are telling us that something else is going on, but what that is yet I don't know.quote
Tony Robinson

"That's the theory, although it's only day one of three days.

"However the archaeologists are saying 'There are certain things that really don't fit in with that'. We don't know what it is but our alarm bells are telling us that something else is going on, but what that is yet I don't know.

Skeleton

"What I do know is that we've already found a skeleton and when the metal detectors ran their machines over it there seemed to be some iron spikes around it, so it looks like we may have some finds - maybe a broach that held a tunic together or a pin or something like that.

Tony Robinson as Baldrick
Tony in his days as Baldrick

"And we've also found a huge pot which I think is probably Iron Age, but because it's day one we've only got to the top of the skeleton and the top of the pot, and it will be some time before we get down the sides.

"That's pretty good going for us because normally we don't find anything at all until about teatime on the third day - this looks as though it's going to be a very fruitful site for us."

Hot spot

Gloucestershire seems to be real hot spot for Archaeology and for the makers of Time Team - with them making several visits to the county over the years.

quote Normally we don't find anything at all until about teatime on the third day - this looks as though it's going to be a very fruitful site for us.quote
Tony Robinson

"We've had a great time here", said Tony. "Turkdean, which was where we found not just one but TWO huge Roman villas was one of the best digs, and further over in Cirencester was the first time we ever found a brand new piece of Roman tessellated floor that no-one had found before. I have lots of fond memories."

The new series of Time Team started in January 2005. The episode filmed in Gloucestershire will air on Channel 4 on Sunday February 13th at 5pm.

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