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Time Team: Series 16, 2008 - Click on the links below for the different programmes.
The Trouble with Temples - Friars Wash
The Wedding Present - Scargill Castle
Heroes' Hill - Knockdhu
Toga Town - Caerwent
Blood, Sweat and Beers - Risehill
Buried Bishops and Belfries - Salisbury
Anarchy in the UK - Radcot
Mystery of the Ice Cream Villa - Colworth
Hermit Harbour - Looe
Called to the Bar - Lincoln's Inn
Beacon of the Fens - Warboys
The Hollow Way - Ulnaby
Skeletons in the Shed - Blythburgh

The Trouble with Temples - Friars Wash

Tony and the legendary Time Team troop of archaeologists and experts go into battle for their 16th series.

This first of 13 new episodes - over which the team increase their tally to digging 175 sites across the country - starts the series on a high.
For the last 15 years, finding even one Roman temple has eluded the team. They are rare and they are often small, lost in the shadows of other larger Roman structures.
So when the team travel to a field in Hertfordshire, near the old Roman Road of Watling Street, armed with 30-year-old aerial photographs, they are as enthusiastic as ever, although not exactly optimistic.

But the digging is immediately promising: there are walls, Roman bricks and tiles, and the first shape in the ground looks temple-like. But some of the team are unconvinced, and when geophysics shows up more and more shapes in the ground, all of which have to be dug, the team is stretched to capacity.

But as the three days progress they realise why it is confusing. This is not one temple, not two, not even three, but a complex of four Roman temples, one of which is so rare it is only the second of its type ever found. It is a site of national importance.

A hoard of bronze coins surfaces, numerous silver coins all help to date the site and even lead curses are there in the ground to commemorate traces of the third-century worshippers. And could a bizarre shaped stone dug up on the third day be the key to the whole site?

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