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Cardiff archaeology to feature in new BBC4 series

20 May 2013

Cardiff's part in the post-excavation study at Eriswell Anglo-Saxon cemetery (RAF Lakenheath) features in the final programme of a new BBC 4 series 'Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited' this month [Wednesday 22 May, 8pm].

In this series, archaeologist Julian Richards revisits some of his most important digs to discover how science, conservation and new finds have changed people's understanding of ancient history.

He concludes his journey in 'The First Anglo-Saxons' with excavations of two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, where he explores the mystery of the Anglo-Saxon invasions that began after the fall of the Roman Empire, discovering fresh clues to some of the first pioneers at the burial site of a warrior and his horse.

Professor John Hines of Cardiff who has been involved in the Eriswell Project from its inception in the 1990s, explains current Cardiff research progress on the site:
'We are at the heart of the post-excavation research project. Special attention is being paid to a comprehensive study of the use of material resources by the communities burying at Eriswell, which is being realised though advanced laboratory analysis and postgraduate research at Cardiff and elsewhere. Exciting and continuing new developments are the breakthroughs in biomolecular and genetic analysis.'

Catch it:
Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited, Wed 22 May 8pm - 9pm [BBC4]
[repeated Thu 23 May 1:45am and afterwards available on IPlayer]