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Britain's Lost Colosseum

Tony Wilmott and Dan Garner lead us through three months of hard graft, excavating Britain's largest Roman amphitheatre in Chester, possibly built by Emperor Vespasian.

The Romans loved their bloody spectacles with gladiators and wild beasts, so they built amphitheatres all over their empire. In Britain there were at least 25 and the largest was in Chester, a fortress city of huge importance. What exactly did it look like and was it built by Emperor Vespasian, the man who built the Colosseum in Rome?

Archaeologists Tony Wilmott and Dan Garner lead us through three months of hard graft and painstaking analysis to excavate the complex site. With the help of computer animation, they bring Chester's magnificent amphitheatre back to life.

49 minutes

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tony Wilmott
Presenter Dan Garner
Producer Deborah Perkin
Series Editor John Farren

Broadcasts

  • Tue 20 May 2008 11:10
  • Sat 30 Aug 2014 22:25
  • Tue 7 Feb 2017 02:05