Every year, hundreds of excavations take place in Great Britain, bringing lost treasures to the surface. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery World HD, Season 2 of DIGGING FOR BRITAIN reveals some of the newest finds, research and social history of the country.
Dr Alice Roberts joins a team of British archaeologists conducting digs and investigations across the country.
From uncovering new truths about the richest-ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure to uncovering Shakespeare’s first theatre, this four-part series presents a new understanding of the historical island.
Highlights from DIGGING FOR BRITAIN include:
DIGGING FOR BRITAIN – “Britannia”
Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Dr. Alice Roberts travels to Roman Britannia, where she and her team uncover 97 baby skeletons found by the Thames; a newly discovered town in rural Devon that turns history on its head; and a Roman cult figure buried for 1700 years beneath a fort.
DIGGING FOR BRITAIN – “Invaders”
Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Roberts travels back to the Viking Age and visits excavations that reveal a different side to the seafaring pirates from Scandinavia. She looks for signs of the earliest Viking settlers in the Outer Hebrides, and in Orkney – where Viking dominance outlasted anywhere else in Britain – including an extraordinary collection of silver and gold.
DIGGING FOR BRITAIN – “Age of Bronze and Iron”
Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Roberts uncovers a world before the Romans invaded – one 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, but new analysis reveals they are made up of a jigsaw of different people. In Silchester, near Reading, archaeologists dig below the Roman layers to reveal an Iron Age settlement that lies beneath, uncovering evidence of a sophisticated pre-Roman lifestyle.
DIGGING FOR BRITAIN – “Ice and Stone”
Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
In the final episode of the series, Roberts visits the Channel island of Jersey in search of elusive Stone Age communities. She meets a team of archaeologists hoping to shed new light on Neanderthals, and embarks on a kayak survey of the coastline looking for undiscovered sites hidden in the cliffs. At the Natural History Museum, Roberts comes face to face with the dark side of Ice Age humans – she sees evidence of cannibalism and the ritual use of human skulls.