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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

Digging for Britain returns to BBC4 on Thursday 10th March. The programme offers an accessible look at the archaeological digs across the country.

From the BBC:

This episode heads to the west of Britain.

Marden Henge: The communal sweat lodges and feasting remains that illuminate the lost rituals of Stonehenge.

Durotriges: A glimpse into the bizarre animal sacrifice rituals offered to their gods by a mysterious Celtic tribe of the first century BC.

Trellech: An enormous lost Welsh city is discovered seven centuries after it disappeared from historical record.

Kent’s Cavern: A team swaps trowels for pneumatic drills in a search for the hidden entrance of the site where Britain’s earliest human remains have been found.

Jersey: Archaeologists are fighting against mother nature to find the evidence of a Stone Age hunter-gatherer campsite.

Staffordshire Hoard: Conservators painstakingly reassemble the elaborate weaponry of Anglo-Saxon warriors previously not known about.

This programme would be of great use to any teacher looking for a way to introduce early British History to a class, as it clearly demonstrates how important primary sources are for developing our knowledge of the past.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related links:

Remains From Marden Henge clip from Digging for Britain

BBC Chronicle Archive about the history of archeology being presented on television, offers many clips of a variety of digs

Cross Rail Plague Pit (Channel 4 News)

Cross Rail Discovery: London’s Lost Graveyard (Channel4)

Viking Discovery in the Scottish Highlands (Channel 4 News)