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Age of Bronze and Iron

Digging for Britain, Series 2 Episode 3 of 4

Dr Alice Roberts travels back to the Ages of Bronze and Iron to discover what kind of a place Britain was before the Romans invaded. With no written history, only archaeology can provide the clues. Alice uncovers a world that is complex, sophisticated and pretty strange.

She examines the two Hebridean Bronze Age skeletons known as the Cladh Hallan mummies. Not only do they appear to have been mummified, new analysis has revealed they are made up of a jigsaw of different people. What did our ancestors use the mummies for? And are there more British mummies out there?

In Norfolk, Alice gets her hands dirty helping to pull up timber from a huge prehistoric monument that has been hidden in mud for at least 2,000 years. And she visits the famous Roman town of Silchester, near Reading, where archaeologists are digging below the Roman layers to reveal the Iron Age settlement that lies beneath, uncovering evidence for a sophisticated pre-Roman lifestyle.

Alice also examines the evidence that suggests Silchester could be the place where two British chiefs took a stand against the Romans.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 2 Dec 2011 02:55


Role Contributor
PresenterAlice Roberts
ProducerEmma Parkins
DirectorEmma Parkins
Executive ProducerJohn Farren

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