In this final Thirty-One days of Time Team, we will be throwing it back to an older episode of the series. Tony Robinson has long hair! Today, the Time Team is hunting for a Mammoth.
Time Team is a landfill and underneath all the rubbish there is a village where Stone Age Britons lived. There have been remains of Mammoths in the ground. Will the Time Team find the remains of mammoths? What will the remains of the mammoths tell the Time Team about Stone Age Britain? The Time Team is in a gravel pit and will try to find out more about the history of Oxford.
Phil Harding talks about how the gravel pit is typical of paleolithic sites and talks about how the gravel pit was formed. A channel was carved into the Oxford landscape. However, nobody discovered the channel edges. Intact surfaces from the prehistoric environment are rare and so the Time Team will use geophysics to distinguish the natural environment. This is the first time geophysics will be used this way.
John Gater talks about the challenges of working in those conditions. Gater hopes that the rain will hold off. If it rains, geophysics may not work in this landscape. The Time Team is hopeful that geophysics will work. An air tent is set up in the field to help house the technology used.
A trench goes in and immediately they find bones. Excavating in the gravel pits has been a challenge because of the bones. It takes three days to excavate proper bones. This will cause some delays for the Time Team. Keeping Phil Harding on track will be a challenge. In trench one, they are discovering the remains of a tree. This may be where the river bank was.
On the south end of the pit, the Time Team is looking for the channel and where the river cut a channel. Christine Buckingham is in charge of the site. She believes that the river moved over decades. Will the Time Team be able to find the edges of the river?
Mick Ashton gets in on the dig and discovers a mammoth tooth on the site. It shows that the mammoth was eating lush green vegetation. The animal was about 30 years old and would have stood to 10 feet tall. It even adapted to the British environment. The mammoth is a distraction from finding the river. Mick talks about the challenges of trying to save archeology and trying to determine the environment. Is destroying some known finds provide additional information worth it? So will archeology be destroyed to determine the environment?
Mick and Tony go up in the air to see the landscape from above. Mick talks with Tony about the history of the area and why the Time Team is focusing on the geology of the area. Did the landscape support human habitation? If it did, how many people live in the area?
The next day, a large trench will be dug. It will go over the mammoth tusks. Unfortunately, the weather has changed. It has rained for five hours and turned the sand into the mud. One trench will be covered and a second one will be dug. Unfortunately for geophysics will face an uphill challenge trying to discover the edges of the channel. In the second trench, another channel was discovered. Is this a hint of a series of river channels? Tune into Time Team to find out!
This particular episode of the Time Team would be excellent for a geology class and good for a history class. Hunting for Mammoths is unusual because the Time Team focused more on geology.
Good morning, Thirty-One Days of the Time Team continues with the Birthplace of the Confessor. This time, the pressure is on the Time Team, as the whole village gets in on the dig. Town pride and Time Team clash in this episode.
Islip has a claim to fame. It is said that it was the birthplace of Edward the Confessor. The Time Team needs to find the chapel that was built in his honor as well as the palace where he grew up. The problem is that the town has never been dug before. It will be a tall order for the Time Team and they have three days to solve this mystery. Is Islip the birthplace of Edward the Confessor?
Edward the Confessor is famous for keeping the country safe during his reign and for Westminster Abbey. He gained the name “Confessor” after his death. In the meantime, Mick Ashton is talking with the villagers who invited the Time Team to dig in their village. Tony is skeptical because there were no Saxon finds in the village. This is the first time there was a dig in the village.
Stewart Ainsworth and Helen Geake are working together to figure out where the chapel was built. Ainsworth talks about the challenges map makers had back in the back day. Mapmaking was not a precise science because the makers and surveyors were relying on local knowledge. John Gater works on the chapel site. The chapel area was not an easy area to survey or use geophysics. The chapel site is in a lumber yard so there will be delays. The Time Team helps unload some wood.
The chapel could be anywhere. It could even be in the yard of the pub or a local garden. The owner permits the Time Team to dig some test pits. The house may hold a clue as to where the chapel was. The house was called Confessor’s gate. The wall is less than 100 years old, however, there was a head stuck into the wall. Did the locals recycle something found and stuck it in the wall? It is just another mystery that Time Team will need to solve.
The Confessor’s gate site may hold some better clues for the Time Team. The plans of the land show something akin to a chapel. One of the test pits will be extended to see if there is something to the house plans. Time Team will have two possible chapel sites to examine. Day one has mixed results. The site in the lumber yard is proving to be disappointing. A new map discovery is providing the Time Team with new guidance on where to dig for the chapel. One site is in a church graveyard, so they will need some special permission to dig in the graveyard.
Tony explores more of the history of Edward the Confessor. Edward the Confessor left no heirs which lead to the Conquest. In 1161 he was made a saint. When he died he left the palace in Islip to a monastery. The monastery then built the chapel to recognize the birth site of Edward the Confessor. Is there anything that remains of the chapel or the Saxon palace?
Will the Time Team find the chapel of Edward the Confessor? Will the Time Team find Saxon pottery to keep the villagers happy? Tune in to the episode to find out more.
This was an enjoyable episode to watch throughout. It was interesting to learn more about Edward the Confessor. Islip was proud to be part of Edward the Confessor’s story. Additionally, the Time Team brought in a variety of sources to determine the location of the chapel. This would be a good episode to show when English history is discussed.
Two more days and then Thirty-One Days of the Time Team will be done. It makes me sad to be winding down with the Thirty-One Days of the Time Team. IT was a nice little challenge to do for March and I’m glad that the Time Team came back to YouTube. In today’s episode, we will learn about King George III and his lost palace.
Kew Gardens is the setting for the Time Team. This was the site of the home of King George III called the white house palace. It was a favorite of King George III. The White House Palace was where King George III spent his later, made years locked up. What did it look like? Where was it located in the gardens? Time Team has three days to find out more about the palace.
The White House palace was a spectacular home for King George. A sundial seems to mark the spot where the palace was. However, it does not tell the Time Team what it looked like. Was it a house that had a façade or was it built from scratch? Geophysics works on the site. However, the results are confusing. There seems to be a four-meter wide wall. That does not sound right to the Time Team. So why was there a four-meter-wide feature on the geophysics results?
Trench one goes in. The Time Team carefully takes the top layers of turf off the lawn. There was a Tudor Mansion on the site. Was it knocked down to build a new home? Or did the architect just put a new face on the house? So far, all Phil is finding is gravel.
Stewart is looking at the records for the old palace. There was a survey done that revealed a plan of the palace. The plans highlight the location of the rooms. “Geophysics seems to be doing fine without the plan,” Tony quips. A second trench is put in the ground. Time Team is hoping that they end up in the White House. Phil Works with a turf cutter to help remove the turf.
The White House was where King George III stayed during his fits of madness. It was a time of change for Britain. England stood alone against France. The Industrial Revolution was occurring. Great Britain was growing wealthy.
Phil is excavating trench one. There is plenty of gravel but no archeology. Nick the site manager wants to close out the trench and move Phil on to another Trench. Phil insists on staying. However, everyone is growing worried. Was the building completely rubbed out of the landscape when it was taken down? Trench Two puts those fears to rest when there is brickwork is discovered. Back at trench one, there is evidence of a cellar, and Phil’s instincts are proven right.
Going into day two, things are going well for the Time Team. However, while John Gater reviews the geophysics results alongside the blueprints of the palace. None of it is making sense to John. Another trench will be needed to find the back of the palace. There is a problem: there is a gas pipe running through the lawn. This will prevent the Time Team from digging where they need to to find the back of the palace.
Trench one is yielding some more brick as well as a glass stem for a wine glass from the Georgian period. What else will Time Team find out about the White House? What will this dig tell us about King George III? Tune into this episode to find out more.
This episode would be a good episode to show while learning about King George III. This was the place where George III spent his last years.
We are three days away from completing Thirty-One Days of the Time Team. It has been a challenge in selecting episodes but I hope that I provided a good variety of digs to choose from. Time Team should be a show in the teacher, professor’s, or substitute teacher’s video arsenal. Today’s episode of the Time Team will be the Mystery of Green Island.
The Time Team will be excavating an island in Dorset in Poole Harbor. This island was the hub of trade for Dorset. Green Island has produced some interesting finds. Despite the finds, the island has never been properly excavated. So the Time Team is on the case. Will Green Island give up its secrets to the Time Team? Was Green Island the hub of trading for the Dorset coast?
Why was Green Island the site of trading? There is nothing special about the island. It is located far from a channel. Forty test pits were dug and they yielded some fantastic finds. People worked on shale for armlets. There was evidence of people visiting the island, but will the Time Team find evidence of industry and buildings? Time Team normally Time Team does not dig on an island. There were some challenges in getting the crew to the island. On top of the logistical challenge, Green Island is a site of scientific research. The Time Team will have to be careful when digging and backfilling their trenches.
Geophysics and GPS technicians are having trouble going over the island. Equipment is getting tangled in the trees and signals are not being received. Stewart Ainsworth is having trouble finding the lumps and bumps he needs. Despite the challenges, the first trench is yielding some additional finds. So why do local archeologists believe that Green Island was a harbor?
There was evidence of two jetties. These jetties were found a few years before the Time Team made their way to the island. At first, the archeologists thought the jetties connected Green Island to the mainland. However, they could have just been a defensive feature for the Dorset coast.
Phil Harding is determined are get digging. He is back to the Stone Age with his trench. Harding explains that he is digging primarily through the sand. So the sand is shifted when Phil digs it up. This method had yielded several trays of finds. A second and third trench is put in, and the Time Team hopes to find evidence of industry and buildings.
However, Green Island’s location makes Tony question why this island was a harbor. There is an island further out that would have made a better port. Why did the traders decide to use Green Island as a port? Why not bypass the island and go right to the mainland with the trade goods?
The body of finds is growing as the trenches go in. There is evidence of shale work in one trench. In another trench here is evidence of metalwork. Is this evidence of a blacksmith’s workshop? Will the Time Team find the blacksmith’s workshop? In trench one, Phil is discovering stones. These stones are deliberately laid out. Is this a building? If it is, then this is the first building found on the island. Or is it pointing to evidence of a building nearby? This pile of stones comes from the Romano-British period and helps further the history of the Romans in Britain.
Will Green Island continue to yield its secrets for the Time Team, finish watching this episode to find out.
This was a thrilling episode to watch, with all the finds that were discovered. This would be a good episode for research purposes for an independent study student or good for a class on archeology.
Good morning, we are winding Thirty-One Days of the Time Team. This time the Time Team is looking for the Lost Scottish City of Roxburgh.
Five hundred years ago on the Scottish border, there was a plain that housed one of the wealthiest cities in Scotland. A once-thriving city is now gone. The only thing that remains is the ruins of a castle. So what happened to this city? Why did no one dig it before? Time Team is going to be doing some fresh archelogy on the site to learn more about Roxburgh. How will the Time Team tackle this assignment?
The site is one mile long and half a mile long. There should be churches, a monastery, and additional buildings on the site. How will the Time Team tackle this site? Have they bitten off more than they can chew? Mick is optimistic that the Time Team will be able to further Roxburgh’s story.
The aerial photos show something in the ground and the Time Team will use the photography to help figure out where to dig trenches. Geophysics goes over the site. They are trying to find the main street in Roxburgh. The Time Team is using new technology on the site. They will use magnetometry for this site. This new technology is faster and will provide Time Team answers quickly.
Historian believes that Roxburgh started as a small town, but then King David I took in interest in the site. King David brought stability to Scotland. He decided that Roxburgh would be his power center and built a castle. Why did King David choose this site for his city? The 12th and 13th Centuries were the periods where towns were developed. Mick talks about the Roxburgh site as a place where a fresh perspective on Medieval town building. It is a pristine site. The Duke of Roxburgh owns the site and has permitted the Time Team to dig on the site.
However, permission comes with a cost. They are limited as to how much they can dig. So the Time Team needs to choose carefully where to dig. John Gater’s geophysics results are proving to be confusing and Mick is giving John an hour to get better results. This town does not look like a planned town? In the meantime, Mick discovered bricks being dug up by tree roots. Are these trees hinting as to where the town defenses are? The first trench goes in.
The extra hour gives the Time Team better results and a second trench goes in over a ditch. Now that the Time Team has been given a shot of confidence in the geophysics results, additional geophysics is done with Stewart Ainsworth’s help.
The first trench is yielding some archelogy. There is evidence of a post hole and additional rock work. The trench is extended and the defensive ditch is found. In the second trench, a smaller ditch, the roadside ditch is found. Additionally, remains of cooking pots are found. Tony is relieved that there is evidence being found. What else will the Time Team discover in the three trenches?
Has the Time Team bitten off more than they can chew with this city? Why did this city vanish? What can the Time Team discover about this site? Will they discover the town plan? Stay tuned to this episode to find out more.
Time Team is trying to discover a lost city. It has its ups and downs, but this was an enjoyable episode to watch. Time Team also brought in new technology to use to further help with their discovery. This would be an excellent episode to show to a history classroom, especially when students are learning about how towns developed.
Good morning, thirty-one days of the Time Team is winding down for March. We are near the finish line. Today’s episode is a Tale of Two Villages.
Tony introduces Wicken, it housed two villages separated by a small creek. Time Team was invited to investigate the origins of the two villages and which half of the village was older. Who has the oldest part of the village in their back garden? What will the remains tell the Time Team? What will the residents of Wicken learn about their village?
The Time Team will work alongside a university. The university started a dig on a manor house area. They started with test pits around the village. The Time Team will dig on the church site. The Time Team planned on dressing in two different colors to show the different villages. However, the team leaders did not want to make the fashion choice. One team will dig Wick Hamon and the other team will dig Wick Dive.
Stewart Ainsworth has been examining the landscape. There are lumps and bumps in the land that Stewart believes are slight earthworks. Tony points out that Stewart has ideas on where the Time Team should dig. A trench goes in over Stewart’s earthworks and it is a section where pottery was found.
Then the Time Team works on the church site. Stewart is back working looking at the landscape. This time, he examines a map with one of the leaders. He shows the locations on the map and where they were in the landscape. Geophysics starts working on the site after the wheat is flattened. IT should be quick work because it is a small site.
As a second trench goes in, Phil discovers some Medieval pottery. At the church site, the Time Team examines the geophysics results. They are not typical of church sites. It shows there is a building but there is a lot of rubble. Mick asks if the results would demonstrate where the Chancel is in the church. He sees the Chancel in the results but the rest of the results are hard to read.
The church would have been important to the Medieval people. The Manor Owner would have gotten permission from the bishop to build a church. The Bishop would have granted the permission and the church would be built.
Phil and Helen Geake are looking at finds in a trench. Phil discovers a metal lacer in the ground. It is a tiny piece of evidence that tells the story of the Wicken area. Mick and Helen visit a local family. They had made several finds and stored their finds near the stream that was the boundary of the Wick Dive and Wick Hammon.
In the meantime, the Time Team is discovering the walls of the church. In Wick Dive, archeology is proving to be challenging. There are plenty of pottery finds but no building remains. Later in the dig, the Time Team discovered post holes. Some of the pottery shards are coming from the early 900’s. The residents are getting in on the digs as well, allowing the Time Team to dig test pits around the villages. Mick gives instructions to the volunteers on how to dig test pits. These test pits will help further Wicken’s story. To learn more about Wicken, watch this episode.
It was good to see Time Teamwork together with another organization to discover the history of a village. The story of Wick Dive and Wick Hammon proved to be complicated at times, but in the end, the Time Team managed to fill in more of the history of Wicken. This would be a good episode to show in a history classroom.
Good morning! We are going to continue with the Thirty-One Days of Time Team. This time we are on the Island of Loee in Cornwall exploring a Hermit Island.
Monks, ghosts, treasure maps, shipwrecks, and dramatic coasts are the highlights of Cornwall. However, it was off the Cornish coast where the first rumblings of Christianity in Britain were heard. The Time Team will face a new challenge with this dig. The tides only allow the team to spend five hours digging on the island. They are on the search for two chapels, one on the island and one built into the hilltop.
Legend has it, Joseph of Arimathea brought Jesus to the island and while he was doing business with Cornish tin miners, Jesus would play on the coast. This legend would have brought pilgrimages to the island. Early archeologists believed the site to come from the Celtic period. Mick disagrees with that assessment so the Time Team will have to find dating evidence for the chapels.
Geophysics works on the site alongside Stewart Ainsworth. Even on the surface, there seem to be indications of a building. Phil puts in the first trench before the geophysics team is done. The first chapel on the site is dedicated to St. Michael. Tony does some investigating into the history of the Chapel and why it would be dedicated to St. Michael. This Chapel was tied to the Glastonbury Abbey.
Time Team is also investigating a site on the mainland. They are looking for a second chapel. An archeologist in the 1930’s had done some investigating before. However, World War II cut short his excavation. There were a few theories about mainland sight. Did the monks at Glastonbury add to an existing chapel? Or did they build a new one from scratch? The Time Team will pick up from where this earlier archeologist left behind.
The archeology for both sites will be a bit complicated. Chapel sites normally do not leave behind the dating evidence normally found on household sites. The Time Team has found a burial on the island site. The individual was quite big. When Glastonbury Abbey purchased the island there was an existing chapel on the site. After the site was purchased, two monks were sent over to start a new pilgrimage site.
These two monks would have faced a challenge. The island is often buffeted by winds that could cut the island off from the mainland. A couple of Time Team members volunteered to stay on the island to continue the dig. The tides are going out, and so the other Time Team members will have to leave the island. The volunteers continue with the dig.
In the meantime, the dig continues on the mainland. The Time Team is finding stairs, walls, and floor. The builders seemed to have deliberately terraced the chapel and it made it at the same level as the chapel on the island. The Time Team wants to find the Nave and wants to discover if a chancel was built later. Some features indicate that there was an earlier structure on the site. There seem to be post holes in the ground for an earlier, wooden chapel. Time Team is still searching for dating evidence.
The logistics of the site provided an interesting challenge for the Time Team. The tides limited the amount of time the Time Team could spend on the island. Even the Royal Navy got involved with this dig looking for rocks and wrecks. The story of the chapel was fascinating and furthered the story of Cornwall. This would be an episode for independent study students and a filler for a substitute teacher.
This is Day 18 of our Thirty-One Days of Time Team and this time the Time Team will be exploring the grounds of a manor house.
Time Team explores one of the finest manor houses in all of England. It was built for a powerful family and hosted King Charles I. The archeologists were excited when they discovered a moat. Only one problem, the moat went in the other direction. So what was this moat was protecting? What connection does it have to the current manor house? Is it a cattle enclosure?
Tony hopes that they will not be excavating a cattle enclosure. The Pritchard family owned the manor. It is now a museum. However, the museum director did not know if there was a second house on the site. So while hosting school trips they are also hosting the Time Team to look at the site. Do they have a moated house or a Roman fort? They immediately begin digging and do not wait for the geophysics.
Immediately they find evidence of earthworks. It seems that the Time Team will have an easy dig. They could not wait to get digging. Phil is thinking big when it comes to digging trenches. The site promises to be an example of stunning archelogy. Tony talks with Stewart about what could be found on the ground. Stewart hints about the fluid definition of a moat.
Tony learns more about the Pritchard family who owned the house and the land. They were a powerful family in the land. Could the moat enclose a possible first house of the Pritchard family? It would be unusual that the current house was the only house the Pritchard family-owned. Would the moat enclose a less grand house?
The digging commences and there is good evidence of the earthwork. Geophysics continues to work on the site. John Gater, the geophysicist is confused by the geophysics results. The field could be empty. Going into day two, the Time Team knows even less about the site than what they originally know.
They look at a wall that hints at an enclosure. They conclude that the moat did not exist. However, there is a feature that intrigues the team. They have to dig the feature to find out what is it. It seems to be from an earlier period. A second trench is opened up to explore this feature. The Time Team is working from the theory that there was an earlier house on the site that was torn down when the new house was built.
The Time Team explores the current house to get dating evidence. They bring in a dendrochronologist because the wood will provide the best dating evidence. A lot of the history of the manor house came down through family stories. So the Time Team will turn to a paper trail to find additional evidence for the family. However, the paper trail does not show where they were living before the grand manor house.
At the end of day one, they are still not finding evidence of a manor house. There is also no evidence of the moat even though the evidence points to a moat. The locals believe that there is a moat. What will the Time Team find? Why is geophysics proving to be a challenge? Tune into the rest of the episode to find out.
Tony’s narration for the episode is fantastic. He brings in a great deal of humor to the story of this manor's house. It is even fantastic to see the manor manager take part in this episode. This would be a good episode for independent study students in both STEM and history classes.
Welcome to March and 31 days of Time Team. Time Team is searching for Henry VIII in this episode.
This Time the Time Team is exploring Henry VIII’s lost jousting grounds. Henry VIII had inherited Greenwich Palace from his father and he made it a place for jousting. The jousting grounds and the buildings around them have disappeared. Time Team has three days to find them. Nobody had excavated these sites and nobody knows what they looked like. Will the Time Team succeed in their quest?
Henry VIII looms large over history. He was a man who loved tournaments, jousting, and spending money. Unfortunately, this dig will prove to be a challenge. Geophysics did not work on the site. There were no Tudor-Era maps of the site. Mick Astin points out that it is back to basics: they will have to dig a trench. The site manager warns that the Tudor layer could be as much as six feet down. The Time Team wastes no time in putting in the trench.
There are less than a handful of images of Greenwich Palace, the Tiltyard, and the Armory. Stuart Ainsworth looks over the remaining images to determine what they should be looking for. Tony is skeptical that they will find something remaining from the Tudor period. The Time Team keeps digging in the armory site.
In the meantime, another team digs their first trench. This area was the location of the tilting yard. This was where the knights prepared for jousting. Tony again is skeptical about finding evidence of the tiltyard. However, an expert in Tudor Jousting creates an image of what a Tudor tilting yard looks like. It was an elaborate set of the building where the knights would change into their armor, where people would fight, and where people would party. There was a series of great halls linked together by galleries. The team is finding evidence of rubble.
Henry VIII was born in Greenwich and held a fondness for the palace. When he was a young king, he was a sportsman and was proud to show off his skills. He used Greenwich Palace to try to win over the French. He wanted to secure an alliance.
After three hours of digging at the armory site, Phil may have found something. He calls Mick over. It may have been a set of loos. The armory will prove to be elusive. The tiltyard may be easier to find. The geophysics look at the site and have some good results. There may have been a tower on the site. However, it may be an air-raid shelter. The only way to find out is to dig a third trench.
Stuart continues to work to discover where the armory is. Slowly new documents are being discovered about the site. He goes over what he finds with Mick. They will look more towards the river to discover the armory. The tiltyard trenches are turning up Tudor evidence. Buckles, glass, and pieces of pottery are being found. There is also no air raid shelter in the third trench. There is evidence of walls. Is this evidence of a Tudor Structure? The Time Team will have to continue their investigation.
Tony gets fitted for Tudor Armor. An armor-making expert measures Tony up and discusses how armor was an investment for the Tudor knight. Tony is measured up and the armor maker gets to work. To continue to learn more about the Tudors, watch this episode.
This episode is cool because it shows Henry VIII as the sportsman and shatters the story of the fat overweight king. Henry VIII was a sporting king. This would be a good episode for both history and independent study students to watch.
Thirty-one days of the Time Team continues for March. Today the Time Team is at Westminster Abbey. Restoration work done in the 19th Century uncovered some interesting finds. Now Time Team is set to look at those finds to help complete Westminster Abbey’s history. The Time Team searches for the lost sacristy during this episode. Will the Time Team find this building in three days?
Westminster Abbey was the vision of King Henry VIII. It was the place where coronations were held. King, Queens, Princes, and Princesses were buried there. Prime Ministers too were buried there as well. Royal weddings took place in the Abbey as well. Westminster Abbey played a significant role in British History. There is one piece of the abbey that is missing: a sacristy. The sacristy allegedly held the biggest hoard of treasure this side of the Alps. This building vanished without a trace.
King Henry III began to build the abbey in 1245 and it was the most expensive building project for its time. Westminster would eventually be the political center of London. In the past, Time Team stayed away from London, however, this dig brought them around to digging in London. Mick discusses with Tony what a sacristy would look like. Warwick Rodwell is the consultant archeologist on the Westminster Abbey Site. He discusses with Tony and Mick how the possible location of the sacristy was discovered. It was discovered as part of a renovation project at the Abbey. As a result, a plan of the sacristy was developed.
Rodwell is hopeful that the sacristy is found under the grass. Tony is feeling doubtful because another building was constructed on the site. Mick is hopeful. He believes they did not dig everything out when this new building was constructed and demolished. Geophysics takes over the site and maps the location. Tony touches on the history of the Abbey. Some additional workshops and buildings were built on the site and in the footprint of the sacristy. Is there anything left of the sacristy?
Mick and Tony discuss the importance of finding the sacristy and how it would change the history of the Abbey. Changing the history of the Abbey will be a challenge though. The geophysics results are in. They are finding the presence of the wall. However, there are problems, pipes and other issues are showing in the geophysics results. The Time Team will have to plan this dig carefully and “dodge the services,” as Tony so aptly puts it. The first trench goes in.
Bettany Hughes joins the Time Team and she discusses the history of the Abbey. King Henry III was inspired by Edward the Confessor. Westminster Abbey would be known as a shrine for Edward the Confessor. It is also a grand political statement. Henry III returned from France inspired by the cathedral construction there. In France, one cathedral was for a coronation, another for royal burials, and a third for religious services. King Henry III decided to have one cathedral for all three and Westminster Abbey was born. So the sacristy would have been an important place to assist in these ceremonies.
The Time Team is finding a wall, however, it is not part of the sacristy or even a later building. What was it a part of? Continue to watch Time Team find out more about Westminster Abbey.
This is an amazing episode of Time Team: they get to explore a place not normally explored before. This would be a good episode for a sub to show in a history classroom. If you have an independent study student interested in architecture, you can recommend this episode for them.
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