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Silbury Dig:The Heart of the Mound

First transmitted in 1968. Silbury is one of the largest prehistoric earthworks in Europe, possibly dating to 2400BC. In this programme, originally broadcast live, Magnus Magnusson meets the archaeologists who have uncovered a hidden tunnel that leads directly into the heart of the mound.

40 minutes

Last on

Sat 27 Jul 1968 19:10

Did You Know?

Chronicle filmed excavations at the Silbury Mound from 1968 to 1970, one of the largest operations mounted by the programme. This 1968 dig was not, however, the first attempt to uncover the secrets of Silbury Hill. The Duke of Northumberland sank a shaft into the mound in 1777. A tunnel was dug in 1849, while in 1922, Sir William Flinders Petrie cut a large trench into the base of the mound. This trench was reopened and re-examined as part of the Chronicle series in 1969.


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  • Sat 27 Jul 1968 19:10

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Chronicle: Archaeology on Television Collection

Chronicle: Archaeology on Television Collection

This programme is online as part of the Chronicle: Archaeology on Television Collection.