Thirty-One Days of the Time Team has drawn to a close and we are throwing it back to season 2 and the final episode of the season. The Time Team is investigating the treasure of a Roman field. Tony still has his long flowing hair in this episode.
Hundreds of Roman finds have turned up in a large field. Broaches, pottery, coins, and a key were found on the site. A local farmer wants to know if there was a building on the site. A Roman key was found on the site, so where was the building that goes with the key. Additionally, were some rectangular marks on the ground. What were the marks on the ground? Why were all these finds found in the area?
Tony and Mick are looking at the field from the air. Trench One goes into the middle of the field because geophysics seems to hint at something in the ground. This trench will allow the Time Team to test the geophysics results. The geophysics has shown several ditches; however, Phil is only finding one ditch. Roman pottery is showing up immediately which means the Time Team will not be short of finds on the site. Coins have been found on the site as well. All the finds that were initially found were exclusively Roman.
Despite these little finds, there were no substantial amounts of building materials found on the site. Mick would be happy to find more building materials instead of the little finds. Tony teases Mick about wanting to find bricks. The Time Team will also use metal detectorists to help the find additional metal finds. Tony hopes that the Time Team will find evidence of a building. One suggestion is that the building will be timber-built instead of stone-built and that it was a farm site. The farmers would have adopted Roman ways and would have been upwardly mobile. The Time Team breaks for lunch to talk about the possibility of the site.
Trench One finally confirms that there were two ditches. However, the second trench is not located where geophysics said it was located. The dry conditions of the land are proving to be a challenge for the results. Geophysics is showing some things but not others. Stewart is plotting the ditches and the plot seems to hint that there were different periods of Roman occupation on the site. The Time Team goes over the results again at the end of Day One. Two more trenches will go in again. The archelogy is just below the surface.
Phil spots something as Trench two goes in. There are bits of crushed pot and charcoal in the new trench. It is evidence of building on the site. Was this a rubbish pit? Or is it evidence of a house? This second trench will be extended to try to show more of the site. Trench three goes in to see if there is a floor level on the site. Overnight, the trenches will be soaked in water to help make digging easier.
Robin Bush catches up with Tony at the end of Day one and shows Tony two Roman coins and talks about the history of the coins. Robin concludes that there is the possibility of finding Iron Age finds on the site as well. The Time Team will also perform an experiment: they will recycle glass. Roman Glass is a rare find because it was often recycled. So this experiment will help the Time Team understand the properties of Roman glass. What will Time Team learn about this site? Is this a settlement? Or is it a farm site? Tune into the rest of this episode to find out.
This would be a good episode for a fun history day in the classroom.
Good morning, we are continuing to wrap up October of the Time Team with an episode from season six. The Time Team finds itself in Bawesey St. James, Norfolk.
The Time Team is investigating a deserted church. However, locals are finding metal dating back to the Iron Age. Was this site a settlement? The Time Team is broadcasting the dig live. The site they are investigating is huge and has never been properly investigated. A large number of finds have been found by the locals hinting at a large settlement. So what was this site? What will happen during the live show?
Aerial photographs show that something is going on with the site. The finds have come from a variety of periods: from the Iron Age to the Norman Age. There was one excavation at the remains of the Norman Church during the 1930s but there were no records kept. Trench One goes in on a boundary that shows up in the aerial photograph. If there was dating evidence, Carenza will find it.
Neil opens up trench two at the church. The church has a large tower which hints at its importance. In fact, there were some high-status finds found earlier that may hint at a monastery on the site. Stewart is out and about looking at the landscape. Geophysics is also at work and had to adjust their equipment to read through the sandy soil. There is an army of field walkers and metal detectorists on the site.
Mick and Tony talk about Mick’s attitude towards metal detectorists. Mick loathed them because they would rob history. However, it is a small number of metal detectorists do this. Normally, they work with historians and archeologists to provide them with additional finds and information about the site. The field walkers find their first find: a silver Saxon coin. The coin would not have been worth much and would have been the equivalent of a penny. A second coin from the Anglo-Saxon period is found, this coin would have been more valuable. Both coins are very rare finds and place at the site during the Saxon period.
Carenza is making good progress on trench one. There is a ditch on the site and Carenza feels like it comes from the Iron Age. Trench Two yields a body. Is this a Christian burial on the site? On the other side of Trench Two, there is something interesting on the ground. The Time Team also recreated a Saxon village on the site and will be recreating a piece of Saxon jewelry.
Geophysics throws the Time Team another target. It looks like there was an entrance to the church area or a harbor. The site is sitting above a marsh. Trench three goes in. Is it some sort of entranceway? Phil is supervising this weekend because of an injury. Will Phil keep himself from digging in the trench? The skull was found in medieval and was buried during that period. In fact, they are finding a glazed medieval floor. A shattered piece of tile is found with the creators’ name on it. Trench two is shut down and the archeologists put their skills elsewhere. Trench Four goes in because it is becoming clear there was activity on the site.
What was this site? Why were there so many finds? What was going on at the site? How many more trenches will be opened up? Will the Time Team find the rest of the boundary? Tune into the rest of this Time Team to find out more!
This one would be a Time Team for research purposes and not to show in the classroom.
Time Team Day 29 - 5000 Tons of Stone
Good morning, we are continuing to wrap up October of the Time Team. This time the Time Team will have to look at under 5000 tons of stone for their excavation.
What was this site? It has been called everything from a stone-age homestead to a fortress. This site sits on a hill on a sheep farm. Its crumbling walls still provide an interesting puzzle. The site was nicknamed the castles. The Time Team will have to find a date and the function of this enclosure. A ditch may provide environmental evidence. What will the Time Team discover about this site? How many stones will the Time Team have to move to learn more about the site?
The Time Team converges on the site. Stewart is looking at the walls and geophysics is doing its work. An environmental archeologist looks at the ditches. There was a lot of curiosity about the site. However, the site has been investigated once and that was in the 1920s. The archeologist was local and he looked in the enclosure for internal structures. There were no internal structures. There were no finds made at the time. However, local sources seem to hint at fossilized trunks and flints found at the site. There were photos of the site made during the 1920s.
The Time Team starts moving stones away from the site of the gatehouse. Another trench will go in on a wall in hopes of finding datable evidence. Since it is a dry-stone structure, it is difficult to tell the difference between rubble and wall. Geophysics is having a little bit of difficulty with the trees and the stones so John will rely on the knowledge of a local farmer to find a place to start geophysics.
Tony catches u with David Mason a county archeologist to talk about the site. It is County Durham’s least understood site. There are a variety of stories about the site. The rock enclosure was home to a local tribe. The Romans used it as a penal colony where slaves were kept. Tony concludes that there were plenty of stories about the site that eventually people believed the stories. The variety of stories will prove to be a challenge for the Time Team.
Mick and Stewart talk with experts from English Heritage to talk about the possibility of the site being Roman. The experts do not necessarily believe that the site was Roman. That said, the trenches are progressing well. The entrance or gate site’s archeology is proving to be a challenge. Unfortunately, the site has provided no finds so environmental archelogy will take center stage. A third trench is put in on the south wall. Moving stone on trench three will be a huge job.
Phil is getting somewhere in trench one. Maybe he is hitting the original ground surface. Mick catches up with Phil to talk about the wall and the ground level. The interior is going to be cleared so that geophysics can find evidence of the site. At the end of Day One, there is a Time Team catch-up. They go over the photos taken in the 1920s. Mick seems to believe that it was a defensive site based on a small body of evidence. What were these walls protecting? Was it really a defensive site? What will the Time Team find out inside? Tune into the rest of this Time Team episode to find out more.
This would be an interesting show for a class on landscaping because environmental archeology took center stage. This would also be a good episode for a fun history day in the classroom.
Time Team Day 28 - Return to Turkdean
Good morning! We are going back to Turkdean in this episode. I had shared the Turkdean site in an earlier post before I decided to do Thirty-One Days of the Time Team. The Time Team came back to the site a year later to continue their excavation.
The Time Team is back at Turkdean. When they originally visited Turkdean, they found a range of buildings. However, geophysics threw everyone for a loop and found more buildings on the site. Eighteen months later, the Time Team is back to excavate this new site on Turkdean. The ground showed a network of rooms that were strung together. Trench after trench got bigger and bigger during the original dig. What will the Time Team find out about the new site?
The finds at Turkdean were amazing during the original dig. The Time Team came back one later to continue their excavation at Turkdean. The geophysics discovered a new site on the villa site but Time Team could not dig it the last time. This time they are back and ready to dig the new site. There seems to be a building on the site and an industrial site in the area as well.
John Gater did some additional geophysics of the site and had some new results to share with the team. What is going on at this site? Mick decides to put in two trenches. One trench goes into a building area and the second goes into the industrial site. Last year, they discovered walls within inches of the surface. What will happen this year? Trench One goes in and immediately walls are discovered.
Tony catches up with Mark, one of the historians on the site. Last year Mark talked about this site being a ritual site, where pilgrims would come to worship. There were hints of springs on the site that carried water down to the larger villa complex. If Mark is right, then the site is more complex than initially thought. IT could be composed of industrial buildings as well as little shrines.
A Roman coin is discovered in the new area which helps date the site. This coin proves that this second site was around when the villa was around. In Trench One a nice wall is discovered. Mick is so excited that he has a shovel in hand. This building was used for the storage of grains or animals. Five Roman coins were discovered on the site as well and the coin expert nearly looses their coin. This coin was a commemorative coin that celebrated the establishment of Constantinople as the capital of the Roman Empire.
John Gater heads back to a site that could possibly be a kiln. The results are confusing so trench number three goes into the site. Tony catches up with a Roman Historian to learn more about why the villa would have been built on the site. Who would have built such a villa? Last year the Time Team discovered some people living high in that area. So, Tony talks with a Roman reenactor. He was dressed as a wealthy Roman. Carenza joins up with the pair also dressed as a Roman woman.
Phil continues to work on the barn site; however, his finds are pointing to something other than a barn. He is finding mosaic pieces and pottery shards. The material discovered is proving to be domestic in nature, something that would not be found in a barn. So, is the site is a barn? Or is it something else? Tune into the rest of the episode to find out.
This would be one episode I would show in a classroom. In fact, I would recommend you show the first episode of Turkdean and then follow it up with this episode. This would provide good discussion material on the differences between the dig a year apart.
Time Team Day 27 - Bodies in the Shed
Good morning, after today there will be four more Time Team blogs. Then we will finish up our Thirty-One Days of Time Team for October. Then for November and blogs on World War I and World War II. December will be fun and frivolous documentaries to end the year.
The Time Team is at Glendon Hall, and it is a building that has over four hundred years of history. The owner decided to build his mother a new house and when the diggers started digging they discovered a body. Not only did they discover one body but they discovered many more bodies. Why were these bodies found in an outbuilding? Who put them there? Who are they? The Time Team has three days to find out more.
The Glendon Hall and the estate surrounding it is a patchwork of buildings in different styles. Martin Hipwell, the owner talks about discovering the bodies while building and working on building a new house. It did not take long for Martin and the builders to realize that there was more than one body on the site. Mick talks about the potential for a cemetery on the site. At one point there was a church on the site so maybe the possibility of the cemetery is right on the mark. The Time Team will work in the shed and look for the church.
There were plenty of skeletons that were found on the site. So while Phil works in the shed and the cemetery, the Time Team will look for the church. There is a folly on the site and some of the material looks like it came from a church. Stewart and Richard Morris, a historic buildings consultant look at the folly. Richard pulls out a piece from the folly and it is a piece of marble that looks like it came from a tomb. Are these pieces from the church? The church looked pretty nice and would have been attached to the original Glendon Hall.
The Time Team goes into archives. The Local historians say that the stained glass in the windows at Glendon Hall came from the church. Tony and Richard take a look. Richard says the glass is not stained but the glass is painted. This would hint at a person who had a lot of money and who was willing to spend a lot of money on his church. Helen looks back to parish records about the church. It seems the church was small and active until 1812. The building was described as a two-room church. There are no details about burials.
Stewart takes Mick on a walk around the site. He found something on an earlier map that may hint at a hall or a church on the site. There is a kink in the road. So this means instead of going straight through the road had a kink which meant it was going around something. Was this road going around a house? Was this road going around a church? Geophysics will have to take a look at the site.
More and more bodies are being found in the shed. Children and adults are found buried. Were these plague victims? Why were they buried here? Earlier records indicate that there was a settlement on the site that consisted of nine households. Are these the remains of the people of that settlement? Will the Time Team discover a medieval cemetery? Will they discover a church on the site? Tune into the rest of the episode to find out!
As for my recommendation, this would be one episode to skip showing in the classroom. It is a good episode but should be used for teacher enrichment and not student enrichment.
Time Team Day 26 - Gold in the Moat
Good morning, October is nearly done and so is the Thirty-One Days of Time Team Fall Edition. As I plan for next year I am debating whether or not to do two editions of Thirty-One Days of Time or just one. I want to be careful and not oversaturate my readers with a pile of Time Team episodes!
Beneath the scaffolding, there is Codnor Castle and it is undergoing a makeover. Nobody knows exactly what it looked like. However, the castle is getting a facelift so Time Team is in to excavate the castle. For over 500 years the park where the castle has been a site for mining. What has survived beneath the castle? What did the castle look like? The current plan shows what survives and not what the castle looked like in the past. The Time Team will have a challenge on their hands.
Geophysics has no luck in finding mining shafts and they had been working on the castle since dawn. Trench one goes in near the upper court because that is the oldest part of the castle. Two more trenches are put in on the lower court. Phil will investigate the walls of the castle to look for foundations. Matt will examine the castle gates. As the trenches go in on the site, building rubble is found. Stewart looks at the earthworks to figure out what remains from mining and what was a moat. He takes core samples of the area.
Codnor Castle has survived centuries of mining and attempts to take it down. UK Coal, the castle’s owner stepped into stabilizing and preserving the castle. Tony catches up with the lead architect on the site and they talk about preserving the castle. Helen Geake catches up with the expert on castles to talk about what they should find on the site as well plot out a map of the castle. They walk the site to try to layout the castle and the rooms in the castle.
The first bit of dating evidence is found and it is a piece of pottery from the early 18th Century. This was the period just before the castle was in ruins. The castle belonged to the De Grey family and nobody really seems to know when it was built. In 1308 the castle was first mentioned and it described the land the castle was built on and not the castle itself. It is clear that the De Grey family was an important enough family to own a castle.
Matt was expecting to find a path through the gateway but is instead finding a wall. Helen and the castle expert are having trouble dating the site as well. Phil found a piece of pottery from the 15th Century in his wall trench. It is day one and the Time Team found a room in the castle. Even outside the castle, there are some interesting features being discovered. Stewart may have discovered a moat around the site. He seems to hint that there was a moat that went through the lower court. Which would have meant there was a drawbridge on the site and a grander entrance. This is a huge surprise for Matt. Matt will have to look for a drawbridge in his trench instead.
At the end of the day, geophysics comes through for the Time Team and identifies a target near the castle fireplace. Could this be a tower or part of the mining? Tune into the rest of the Time Team to find out!
This would be a good episode to show in a middle school classroom, especially when the students are learning about the Middle Ages and building castles. This episode shows the evolution of the castle.
Time Team Day 25 - Governor's Green
Good morning, we are nearly there with our Thirty-One days of the Time Team, and this time we are heading to Governor’s Green in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth’s History as a seaport stretches into medieval times. The Time Team will look for the history of Portsmouth, especially a hospital that was on the site. The patch of green has seen a lot of action over the years. A Tudor Mansion was built on the site. During World War II bombs were dropped on the site. Will the Time Team be able to discover the medieval history of the site? Will they be able to discover this history without the bomb squad?
Portsmouth has the best deep port in England and is important to the defense of Britain. Henry VIII fortified the harbor. The site sits in one of the last remaining fortifications. Tony catches up with the local historian to talk about the old medieval hospital and the history of the site. The Chapel was built in 1212, eventually becoming part of a Tudor mansion. Then the armed forces used the chapel for their services until World War II came and the chapel was bombed. This is the first time that the site will be dug.
A history of the area was published in the Victorian era and included a list of the buildings on the site. Can the Time Team trust this source? While geophysics does its thing on the site, Stewart and a geography professor are looking at maps of the site, overlaying the Tudor Maps with modern maps of Portsmouth to determine how accurate they are. A map from 1584 shows a detailed map of the hospital. Armed with this map, Stewart will plot the location of the old medieval road to determine where the hospital was. How accurate are these old maps? These maps are almost too good to be true for the Time Team.
Tony then talks with Helen Geake and Carole Rawcliffe talk about the history of the hospital. The hospital was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. The hospital was built by the Bishop of Winchester. He was the most powerful man in England, and while King John was away in 1214, he ruled England. The Bishop of Winchester established the hospital to look after the poor and the sick. Carole is thrilled with the possibility of learning more about the history of the site because a loft of the records about it was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
The site potentially has the oldest stone buildings in Portsmouth. After John Gater gets his results back and a large trench one goes in. However, it immediately reveals a large modern concrete surface. They will have to get beneath the concrete to find more evidence. Trench two also goes in and there is evidence of a medieval building.
Mick and Carole talk with Tony about the chapel building. In Medieval Times the chapel would have been used for the hospital. The people would have been able to watch mass and be taken care of by laypeople. The impression would have been you were in a church where people were laying on the side. The dig is off to a good start! What will the Time Team discover about the chapel and the hospital? Will the bomb squad have to be called in? Tune into this episode to find out more about this chapel and hospital!
There is a fun little thing about this episode: Victor Ambrus the artist sneaked a drawing of Phil, Tony, and Mick in his artwork. This would be an episode to show for a history fun day and for research.
Thirty-One Days of the Time Team continues but it is winding down for the end of the month! This time the Time Team will be looking for Roman sarcophagi
Today, Time Team is excavating Roman Bath and this is a rare opportunity for the Time Team. There are strange scorch marks on the ground as well as evidence of a Roman sarcophagus. The Romans were attracted to the springs and built a city. Bath is one of the best-documented cities. The Royal Bath archeological society invited Time Team to dig on the site. What will the Time Team discover about Roman Bath?
Over one hundred years ago a church was built in Bath. While building the church, there were hints of a Roman sarcophagus in the ground. The church was destroyed during World War II and the site remained untouched since. Geophysics shows the remains of the church as well as remains of something else in the ground. The Time Team will not dig in the church as it is likely any remains were destroyed when the church was built.
Then Time Team heads onto the Royal Crescent to look at the scorch marks on the ground. John Gater does not believe that the scorch marks are the building. Trench one goes in carefully. Trench two goes in on the church site and hit the remains of the church.
Tony heads on over to the baths to learn more about the baths. Why were the Romans attached to the hot springs? Did they discover some spiritual significance in the springs? When they built the baths any record of older people would have been wiped out.
Back in trench two, Phil is still digging in the church site. However, the Victorian Church is proving to be trouble. Tony despairs of finding the Roman sarcophagus in three days. Back in trench one, the Time Team is not discovering any record of inhabitation. The lack of evidence is rather frustrating. In the past little votive offerings were found on the site. Time Team’s Roman expert challenges the votive offering evidence. He believes that they are digging on an industrial site.
Phil continues to work on trench two, he concludes that the church wall was extended covering any archeology beneath. So the trench will have to be extended. Back in Trench one, it is concluded that the scorch marks are naturally occurring. Tony brings Stewart an aerial photo of the Royal Crescent and it shows a road going through the center of the Crescent. There were pieces of Roman Road found in Bath. So was this road part of the Roman Road? The Time Team will geophysics the site.
Back in trench two, Phil’s hard work is paying off and he discovers a Roman coin. This revives Tony’s hope that something will be found on the church site. In Trench One, the Time Team are discovering evidence of the Iron Age settlement. Tony despairs about the finds, but Mick is hopeful that the Time Team will find evidence of Roman Bath.
Day two continues but it is rainy. Everyone is soaked but the work continues. Phil continues his work on trench two. Trench three goes in to discover the remains of a Roman Road. Stewart is hopeful a road is there and catches up with Mick with the evidence. Will the Time Team find the sarcophagus? Will a Roman Road be found on the site? Tune into this episode of Time Team to find out!
This is would be a good episode to show in a history class as well as an English class to learn more about Bath.
Time Team Day 23 - Oxfordshire Villa
Thirty-One Days of the Time Team continues but it is winding down for the end of the month! I am absolutely delighted to share another new episode of the new Time Team.
For dig number two the new Time Team finds themselves in Oxfordshire and the Broughton Castle Estate. The Time Team is going to excavate a Roman villa that may be the size of Buckingham Palace. In the 1960s, a Romano-British Lady was found buried in a lead line coffin on the site. Was this turnip field the site of a huge Roman villa? What will the Time Team find out about the sit? What will this villa tell us about Roman Britain?
Boughton Castle is at the center of a network of Roman roads. There was an extensive Roman settlement nearby as well. The Time Team is using one of those roads to excavate and survey the site. From the air, there is clear that there is something under the ground. There are walls and a courtyard shape in the field. Geophysics gets to work on the site and the results are good. Gus goes over the results with John Gater, Helen, and Neil Holbrook. They talk about where to put the trench as well as the potential of a bathhouse on the site.
However, the layout of the bathhouse is confusing because water does not flow uphill. Why would the Romans build a bathhouse uphill when water flows downhill? Trench one goes in over the villa’s corner. This trench is going to look for the villa’s bathhouse. Even before the trench goes in, there is evidence of Roman roof trials. The geophysics continues to work on the site. Metal detectorists go over the site to find any metal objects. Immediately a Roman coin is found and this is dating evidence for the Time Team.
If the geophysics is right, then this villa is huge. However, the Time Team assumes nothing based on previous experience. Other archeologists field walk the site and find more Roman building remains on the site.
Trench one continues to be dug and more pieces of Roman roof tile are found. They are discovering that the Romans used the local slate to make roofs. In the late Roman period, the Romans used stone instead of tiles for their roofs. Additionally, a nail is discovered on site. This shows the decay of the villa. The villa was abandoned and was eventually mined for parts and collapsed. About 99% of villas were mined for building supplies.
Stewart looks to the landscape to discover the means the owner had in order to build the villa. A villa of that size would have taken a lot of money to build and maintain. So Stewart and Natalie look to the landscape to discover more about how the owner made his money.
Trench three goes in over a conduit to the bathhouse. A local archeologist group takes over this trench to learn more about the Roman bathhouse. Trench four goes in on an anomaly on the site and there are some finds on the site in that trench as well.
The Geophysics comes back. However, the results flummox the Time Team. The results seem to hint at a smaller villa. Stewart brings in the lidar results that seem to hint at something in the landscape. The new data shows new targets and new confusion for the Time Team. Were sides of the villa lost? Tune into the rest of this Time Team to continue to learn more about the villa.
This would be a good episode for researching Roman villas for a history class.
Thirty-One Days of the Time Team continues but it is winding down for the end of the month! Did you ever think we would get through another thirty-one episodes of the Time Team? This time I am taking an episode off the Absolute History channel. This episode is a throwback to season three where Tony had a lot of hair.
In the Hunt for the Lost Irish Palace, the Time Team is looking for King Connor’s lost palace. King Connor built three palaces, the remains of two were discovered and now the Time Team is looking for the third. There was archeology done on two hills of the lost palace site and there were remains of settlements found. The Irish Chronicles and ariel photos hint at something. Could this be King Connor’s lost palace? Time Team has three days to investigate.
Mick and Tony catch up with Chris Lynn, who is in charge of the monuments. They talk about the landscape and how it impacts archeology. Trench one goes in over the markings that the aerial photographs showed. Tony talks with Robin Bush about the Irish legends and King Connor. The Irish Stories show the background of the people who lived in the area. Did King Connor really exist in history? Or was he a substitute for a different King in the area?
Phil Harding discovered a Neolithic Axe in the trench and lets Mick and Carenza know. The Time Team is excited about the find because it is something that is not normally found. However, the period is one thousand years earlier than the palace. Tony looks to clarify the Irish Chronicles in light of this discovery. The Time Team breaks for lunch and they talk about the Tain, the Irish Chronicles they were working from. The Tain could be considered something akin to Homer and his works.
After lunch, Tony takes a tour of the local museum. There have been findings made over the years that hint at the importance of the site. This museum shows that there may have been three large roundhouses on the site. At the end of day one, the war room comes together to look at the site to determine where the dig should continue.
At the start of Day Two, Mick and Tony take a look at the geophysics results. The geophysics reveal evidence of a ditch running parallel to the site. This ditch could be protecting something, like a third palace Tony excitedly points out. Tony wants to know where a second trench could go on the site. The decision is made, and so the Time Team has to get the farmer’s permission to dig that ditch. The farmer gives them permission to dig. Geophysics brings out some different equipment to help determine where the second trench will go.
Part of this dig includes some experimental archeology. A blacksmith will create a disk using iron age methods. However, this blacksmith insists on speaking Gaelic to Phil as he talks about the experiment. They work together to heat up the metal to form the disk. The blacksmith will beat the piece of metal to size in preparation for adding the decoration.
A second trench goes in and there have been interesting finds made in that trench. Eventually, trench one is starting to produce some finds including pieces of pottery. What is the pottery the sign of? What will the geophysics reveal of the site? What were the ditches protecting? Continue to watch this episode to find out more about this Lost Irish Palace.
This episode would be a good one to show just for fun to both a middle school and high school history class.
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