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Norfolk Broads

Episode 2 of 4

Ben Robinson flies over the Broads where photos have revealed 945 previously unknown ancient sites, many of which have historians rethinking the history of the area.

Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over the Broads where aerial photos have discovered a staggering 945 previously unknown ancient sites. Many are making historians rethink the history of the area.

The fate of the Roman town of Caistor St Edmund has puzzled archaeologists for decades. It's long been a mystery why the centre never became a modern town. Now archaeologists have discovered a key piece of evidence. And near Ormseby, the first proof of Bronze Age settlement in the east of England has been revealed.

30 minutes


The Broads from the air

At first glance the archaeological heritage of The Broads is much less obvious than in other parts of the country.

You have to look a bit harder to find the rich history of places like The Broads and that is where aerial photography comes in.

It is in these sorts of ploughed, crop mark producing, low-lying landscapes that the aerial view has made some of its most important contributions to landscape history.

Aerial photographs have fired imaginations and prompted archaeological exploration of many sites in The Broads, casting new light on the history of the area.


Role Contributor
Presenter Ben Robinson
Producer Paul Dunt


Presenter's blog post: "Our knowledge is being transformed by the aerial view"

Read Ben Robinson's post on the BBC Love TV Blog.