Digging Up Britain: A New History in Ten Extraordinary Discoveries
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Broadcaster Raksha Dave will champion innovation and inclusion in her new role as President of CBA" (Press release). This short, stop-motion animation is pretty adorable, and is perfect for any for any Trowel Tots you’re raising – we just hope we don’t make the same noises as Peppa’s family when we make discoveries. Together with archaeological work on the ground, it’s creating an impressive new map of one of the greatest ancient civilisations of the world. Dave is an advocate for increasing the diversity of archaeologists,  was a trustee for the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is a patron of its Young Archaeologists Club. It’s a classic, and provides plenty of inspiration for playing your own version of the game at home!
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Don’t dismiss it just because it’s a drama – the character development is intense, and the plotlines are filled with Viking religion, village politics and interpersonal struggles. The most exciting finds are brought into Alice’s new Digging Tent for further investigation and analysis to give insight into discoveries that span over 10,000 years of British history. I like the model- the notion of a series traveling around the country, reporting on the latest excavations and making some attempt to explain not only the process of the science, but the historical and environmental contexts of the sites as well.Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville; a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age wooden coffin found underneath a Yorkshire golf course; and the Roman mosaic and surrounding villa found in a field in Rutland, described by archaeologists on site as the most important mosaic discovered in the last 100 years. Commissioning Editor Tim Hancock said: “There’s something properly magical about finding important pieces of British history in your own back garden. She also excavated at the World Heritage Site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, and sites in Texas and Puerto Rico.
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This year, the revelations have been nothing short of spectacular, and each find brings us closer to understanding the lives of people who once lived in Britain. Every day, on a sandy beach or a rocky foreshore, fascinating evidence of Britain’s history appears and disappears as the tide rolls in and rolls back out again. She, like Neil Oliver, have exactly what it takes to get across science while at the same time really helping the viewer use what they are seeing at the excavation to imagine what life was like for the ancient people there. One example was a corroded iron object that turned out to be a Viking axe head from about 1,400 years ago.Archaeology is a complex jigsaw puzzle, drawing together everything from skeletons to swords, temples to treasure. There was also a programme Digging for Ireland linked to the series  which had the same format and presenters as series 5; it was broadcast in February 2015.
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In North Yorkshire, they must dig deep in the hope of locating a Viking graveyard, and they’re also on the hunt for a secret army base in South Shields.
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