Time Team Day 19 - Fogou in Cornwall
I am so happy to continue with my Thirty-One Days of Time Team with a brand-new episode of the Time Team! This first new episode is divided into three episodes the first episode has a run time of 27:39. The second part of the episode has a run time of 30:34 and episode three has a run time of 32.12. Each episode is broken up according to Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.
The Time Team kicks off this episode in Cornwall. New and old faces have come together for this first episode. This site was voted on by the fans and it is a Fogou. This Fogou was rediscovered twenty-five years ago by a local farmer. A Fogou is a series of underground tunnels and chambers. The fogou was believed to have been built in the Iron Age. What will the Time Team find out about this fogou? Watch this episode to find out more.
New hosts Gus Casely-Hayford and Natalie Haynes come together to host the new Time Team. The fogou is one of fourteen discovered in Cornwall. It is located at the heart of the Cornish tin industry. Since its discovery, more tunnels and passages have been discovered. John Gater is already on the site. There was evidence of occupation discovered. Did the occupiers use the fogou for storage purposes? Gater goes over the results with the team and has found additional tunnels.
Trench One will go in over one of the side passages. There is evidence of an enclosure ditch. As the trench goes in there is an edge of a passageway. Matt comments that they are going deeper than anticipated in this first trench. A metal cover is removed so that the Time Team can scan a chamber to see if it compares to the other discovered fogou.
Trench Two is being discussed. Will the Time Team put it over an Iron Age roundhouse? John and Carenza talk about the potential location of the trench and whether or not there was a roundhouse on the site. Before trench two goes in, metal detectors go in and make a find. A copper coin was found and Helen talks about the coin with Gus. This coin will provide the first dating evidence for the site.
Did this site hold a spiritual significance to the people? It is in a high place and connected with both land and sea. Was this why people built on the site? Natalie goes into one of the passages with the site manager and they talk about the fogou. The site manager does not believe that the fogou was used for storage. He notes that there was time and care taken with building the fogou.
In trench one, there is exciting news from that trench. There seems to be a void in the ground. Is this another to the fogou? How big is this void? Matt will have to investigate more. What will the Time Team continue to learn about Fogou? Tune in to all three episodes to find out more!
Wow, wow, wow, I am shocked by the latest technology that is used to explore archeological sites. I also thoroughly enjoyed Gus’ narration throughout the episode. Natalie just seemed so extra to the series. I wondered why she was there. My imagination runs wild with the thought of paring Gus with Tony. They could make an interesting pairing for a future Time Team episode! In fact, I demand that there be at least one Time Team episode with Gus and Tony co-hosting!
Would I recommend showing the new Time Team to a classroom? Definitely, I would also show it in a STEM class because of the new technology implemented to further archeology!
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