Romans to Normans

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Duration: 1 hour

Groundbreaking series in which Michael Wood tells the story of one place throughout the whole of English history. The village is Kibworth in Leicestershire in the heart of England - a place that lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution and was even bombed in World War Two.

With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, Michael uncovers the lost history of the first thousand years of the village, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and graphic evidence of life on the eve of the Norman Conquest.

  • Episode One: Anglo-Saxon bone comb

    Episode One: Anglo-Saxon bone comb

    In the summer of 2009, this stratified fragment of an incised patterned early-Anglo-Saxon bone comb was found along with pottery and metalworking slag under the car park of the Coach and Horses pub on the A6. These finds, in particular the evocative bone comb, are evidence of the earliest English settlement at Kibworth, dating from around 500 and previously completely unsuspected.

    Watch the Anglo-Saxon Bone comb clip
  • Photo: Kibworth Dig group

    Photo: Kibworth Dig group

    Michael Wood leads a group of local helpers in an archaeological excavation in the village of Kibworth.

  • BBC TV Blog: Michael Wood on a year in Kibworth

    BBC TV Blog: Michael Wood on a year in Kibworth

    Historian Michael Wood explains why, after epic journeys to India, Afghanistan and the Andes, he chose to tell the tale of one Leicestershire town.

    Read Michael's blog post


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Michael Wood
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