Codnor Castle And Other Digs

The Complete 2008 Series

Dvd Specifications.

Contents: The complete 2007 series, all 13 episodes.

Published on DVD by: AcornMediaAU.

Certificate: G

Number of DVD discs: Four.

Region Code: All Region

Duration: Approximately 650 Minutes.

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 16:9 / Full Frame : 1.78:1

Audio: Dolby 2.0

Chapter Selection: Yes, for each episode.

Subtitles: No.

Special Features (On Disc 4): Biographies, A-Z Archaeologigal Tools, Historical Time Line.

Dvd Disc 01.

Disc 01 : Contents.
Episode 01 - Gold In The Moat : Codnor Castle, Derbyshire.

In Derbyshire, the medieval castle of Codnor once domianted the landscape. But after hundreds of years of coal mining on the site, good quality archaeology might be hard to come by - although Time Team prove otherwise.

In addition to the spectacular find of a Henry V gold noble coin, Time Team find not one but three separate phases of construction of the castle at Codnor, including the drawbridge and great hall.

Episode 02 - Street Of The Dead : Binchester, County Durham.

The Binchester Roman fort, near Bishop Auckland, was one of the largest and longest permanently occupied Roman forts in the north of England. Binchester, or Vinovia as it was called, was a key staging post on Dere Street, the road to Hadrian's Wall and the north.

Time Team came to Binchester with a particular interest in uncovering the vicus, the civilian settlement that supported the Roman fort of Vinovia. In the process they uncovered an entire lost landscape.

Episode 03 - Bodies In The Dunes : Barra, Outer Hebrides.

In 2005, a major storm eroded a dune next to the beach at Allasdale, Barra, exposing human remains.

They were first noticed by Barra artist Moira Bard and identified as human by a local doctor, after which a team of archaeologists was called in.

The site was clearly at risk from further erosion, so Historic Scotland funded an urgent rescue dig.

Episode 04 - The Naughty Nuns Of Northampton : Sewardsley Priory, Towcester, Northampton.

When eight-year-old Amy Coleclough buried her cat 'Paintpot' in her garden, she uncovered a massive stone wall. Time Team is called in to investigate.

Sources suggest that a 12th-century nunnery had once stood in the vicinity, but its exact location had remained a mystery for centuries.

Dvd Disc 02.

Disc 02 : Contents.
Episode 05 - Mysteries Of The Mosaic: Coberley Villa, Gloucestershire.

When a Roman mosaic was uncovered on farmland near Coberley in 2003 the site became protected under the countryside stewardship scheme and investigated through a small excavation and a limited 'geophys' survey.

Time Team travels back to find out more about what lies beneath the surface.

Episode 06 - Blitzkrieg On Shooters Hill : Shooter's Hill, Greenwich, London.

Tony Robinson and the team unearth the hidden archaeology of the biggest British battle that never was: the defence against a Nazi invasion in 1940.

Shooters Hill, in south London, was a key strong point in what was known as 'Stop Line Central' ¿ one of several defensive anti-tank lines around the capital, designed to fight off a potential German attack.

The road through Shooters Hill runs straight from the Kent coast and down into the heart of London. If the defences here had been breached, the Home Guard would have been pushed back to the banks of the Thames, before making a last ditch stand in the streets of Whitehall.

Episode 07 - Keeping Up With The Georgians : Hunstrete, Somerset.

The Team are in a field just outside Bath to investigate the remains of what could have been one of the country's finest Georgian houses.

The seach is on for Francis Popham's country house ¿ a mansion he planned on 'a most grand and magnificent scale'.

Only five arches of the main portico remain above ground today, but because Georgian architecture is based on regular, fixed proportions, what remains ought to provide a good aid to working out the plan of the rest of the building.

Dvd Disc 03.

Disc 03 : Contents.
Episode 08 - Saxons On The Edge: Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire.

The Team goes in search of a possible Anglo-Saxon settlement at Knave Hill in Leicestershire.

For nearly 30 years, archaeologists have been fieldwalking extensively in Leicestershire. Unlike in many other parts of the country, the soil conditions are such that pottery preserves well in the ground here, so their efforts have turned up a number of concentrations of Anglo-Saxon pottery.

There are only eight fully excavated Anglo-Saxon settlements in the whole of Britain. Can Time Team claim to have found the ninth?

Episode 09 - Fort Of The Earls : Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

In 1602 the English forces attacked and took one of the most important strongholds in Ireland - Dungannon.

In the heart of Ulster, Dungannon was the seat of the O'Neills - the most powerful family in Ireland, allied to France and Spain and enemies of James I.

At least two castles have stood on the site, as well as grand English houses and a fortified town, regularly attacked by invading forces.

The Team's quest is to find evidence of the O'Neills' fortress.

Episode 10 - From Constantinople To Cornwall : Lellizzick, Padstow, Cornwall.

One summer during the 1980s, strange crop marks appeared in two fields on the north Cornish coast near Lellizzick.

Aerial photographs taken by archaeologist Steve Hartgroves and two geophysics surveys revealed dozens of circular and semi-circular shapes and lines running across the clifftop fields.

Dvd Disc 04.

Disc 04 : Contents.
Episode 11 - Five Thousand Tons Of Stone : The Castles, Hamsterley, County Durham.

The Castles, near Hamsterley, County Durham, is an archaeological conundrum.

A massive rectangular dry-stone enclosure, some 75 metres by 90 metres, it has been described variously as an Iron-Age fort, a Roman penal colony, a native sub-Roman or Anglo-Saxon encampment, and a Romano-British farmstead.

Time Team's main objective at the mysterious site is to try to discover its true function and date.

Episode 12 - The Romans Recycle : Wickenby, Lincolnshire.

Time Team are called to a site that covers several fields and lies between two villages - Wickenby to the west and Lissington to the east.

It lay hidden for centuries until discovered by a local metal detectorist, Keith Kelway. Over the years Keith has recovered more than 300 metal artefacts from the area. Most are Roman, with some Iron-Age and Anglo-Saxon material.

Can the Team identify what the site was used for?

Episode 13 - Hunting King Harold : Portskewett, Wales.

Harold's Field in Portskewett, Monmouthshire, has long been rumoured (and referenced in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles) as a site where Harold Godwinson, later to become King Harold, built a hunting lodge in 1065 after defeating the Welsh.

Before that, this same hill may have been the location of a Welsh royal palace reported as having been built in the 6th century. As if that isn't enough, pottery finds nearby suggest the hill may also have been utilised in Roman times too.

The Time Team have three days to unearth the secrets of Harold's Field.

Also On Disc 04 : Special Features.

Biographies of Tony Robinson, Prof. Mick Aston, Phil Harding, John Gater, Francis Pryor, Helen Geake, Stewart Ainsworth, Victor Ambrus.

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