Leicester archaeologists on telly this week

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 20, 2010 01:53 PM |
Top historian Michael Wood enlists help of Leicester experts to investigate 2,000 years of Kibworth.
Leicester archaeologists on telly this week

Debbie Miles-Williams and Pauline Carroll with historian Michael Wood

Watch out for Michael Wood’s Story of England, a six-part documentary series which starts on BBC 4 this Wednesday. Staff and students from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History were involved in the production of this series, in which historian Michael Wood traces the entire history of one village from Roman times to the Second World War

The village in question is Kibworth in Leicestershire (a parish which technically comprises three villages: Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby).

In July of last year, the School’s Outreach Officer Debbie Miles-Williams, together with Pauline Carroll and a group of students, helped the villagers to dig test pits around the villages. Debbie led another team of staff and student back to the village in September 2009 to help local schoolchildren dig some more pits.

Among the artefacts unearthed during the project were prehistoric flint blades, roman pottery and a fragment of Anglo-Saxon bone comb.

You can catch Michael Wood’s Story of England 'Part 1: Romans to Normans' on BBC 4 at 9.00pm on Wednesday 22 September 2010 with repeats later that night at 12.30am and 3.00am. It will also be shown on BBC 4 at 10pm on Thursday and 8.00pm on Friday. Or if you want to watch in high-definition, it’s on BBC HD at 11.30pm on Wednesday and 10.00pm on Thursday. Or you could just catch up with it on iPlayer.