Explaining that archaeology starts with some little fragment, Tony hands Mick a piece of glass and a plan of the present church. Tony gives Phil a little piece of bone. Tony gives Toni a map reference.
Phil Harding heads of to site 1, the allotments. Toni Pearson heads of to site 2, Jerry Nudd’s field. Mick Aston heads off to site 3, Dorchester Abbey.
With the items at hand, Mick goes to Dorchester Abbey and believes it to be 12th century by the rounded top to it.
Phil goes to Dorothy Godfrey’s house and gets invited to enter and look at the pots that have been found. Whilst entering, Phil says “It’s a cracking knocker, that is, innit, eh?” Dorothy explains that it’s not just her finding things, but people from all over the allotments.
At the Abbey, Mick explains that he doesn’t want to start digging and that geophysics will be used the next day to try and find lines from a previous building or something. He believes the earlier church to be under the existing church.
Toni thinks there’s not a lot at Nudd’s field, a couple of interesting lumps and bumps, but a lot of it looks modern. Toni suggests they will investigate what might be an old river channel the next day.
Phil comments that the bone he was given by Tony looks like a humans lower armbone. Robin asks if this is some kind of cemetery.
Tony points out that other than the three clues they have, Victor has created another clue, a drawing done on a computer of a young Saxon woman. Tony then explains that the woman in the picture links all three clues that the Time Team were given.
Toni starts to do an auger survey in the field next to Nudd’s field. Phil is finding bagfuls of stuff after being in the allotment for just an hour, which gets Tony excited and he rushes over to the allotments.
Being told that they have found Roman coins and Victorian claypipes, Tony mentions that he is really after early Saxon habitation.
At Dorchester Abbey, Mick explains that geophysics returned the results and have shown where the monastic buildings were in place with the abbey. He also mentioned that it was a big church, and all the magnificent architecture didn’t help because it was created too recently and there was nothing obvious before the 12th century. He goes on to say that they are looking for something to do with Birinius in the 7th century. Maybe Robin could help.
Back in the incident room, Mick is talking with Robin. Robin explains that quite near to where they are is Abingdon Abbey and there is an early description of what the abbey may have looked like in the 7th century, indicating that it could be compared to Dorchester Abbey.
Mick is up in the helicopter and is more or less looking down the line of the Roman road.
Although obscured, it was pointing out to the hills in the background. Explaining that they can pick out the topography of the Roman and Medieval town.
He points out the allotments and the dyke hills of the Iron Age settlement behind them.
The road running along the side of the allotments shows the alignment of the Roman defences.
<---- Dyke Hills.
At a fence Toni is pointing out a depression which would possibly be the old river channel. Tony asks why rivers are so important and Toni replies that they often preserve organic material.
Back on the ground Mick shows Victor some images taken from the helicopter. He gives one image to Victor and asks him to draw some Medieval buildings on the side of it.
The radar results of Nudd’s field are being processed and Toni is eager to see them as having washed the samples from the river channel, it doesn’t seem to be pushing back the dates.
Back in the incident room a man is showing Tony his finds:
Man: These are coins down here. Oh, not that one, that’s a shirt button.
Mick explains that the coins can be dated by specialists and if the context is right, they can give you the date for the pottery and other objects.
Tony asks what conclusions have been drawn?
Mick goes on to say that Dorchester has been occupied for a very long time, but cannot say anymore than that.
Alison suggests that some pottery looks very much like its grass-tempered, meaning that when the clay was originally mixed, it was mixed with grass. When it expanded and contracted during firing the pot wouldn’t crack. The Saxons often used grass.
At the end of the second day the radar results had been processed. The survey shows some kind of disturbance.
Mick suggests that there may be a burial underneath Nudd’s field.
Toni asks if it could be a cemetery and the radar surveyors said yes.