Introductions: Anglo-Saxons (00:45)
This episode features highlights from archaeological digs in Britain. Excavations provide insight on the Anglo-Saxon culture.
Dark Ages (06:42)
Raiders begin plundering Britannia after Roman withdrawal. Artifacts recovered from 5th century graves in Dorchester reveal early evidence of Anglo-Saxons. Archaeologists look for clues that provide insight on overlapping cultures.
The Venerable Bede chronicles English history, providing insight on the Anglo-Saxons. Archaeologists unearth a timber hall at Bamburgh, their seat of power. Excavations in rural areas reveal an early Anglo-Saxon village and artifacts.
Kent, England (03:40)
Bede claims the Anglo-Saxon takeover began with Hengist and Horsa; Germanic tribes settle in the area in the 5th century. A road project in Thanet prompts archaeologists to systematically excavate the area.
The Meads Artifacts (08:05)
Dana Goodburn-Brown leads a team of volunteers in processing 2,500 finds from the burial site. The objects provide evidence of Anglo-Saxon Kent.
Anglo-Saxon Nunnery (07:17)
Christianity slowly spreads across Britain; monastic communities reintroduce wide-spread literacy. Excavations reveal the foundations of the nunnery and various artifacts, including a cross-shaped gold ring.
Bamburgh Castle (05:59)
King Oswald of Northumbria calls for a missionary to convert his people to Christianity. Archaeologists excavate a burial ground near the castle. Experts analyze skeletal remains, gaining insight on the community.
Magdeburg Cathedral (04:27)
King Athelstan seeks to create alliances and marries his sisters to European royalty; Edith's marriage to King Otto is a love affair. Experts examine the skeletal remains found it what is said to be Edith's sarcophagus.
Bamburgh Analysis (05:17)
A skeleton found in the burial grounds near the castle reveals evidence of a violent death. Anglo-Saxon swords symbolize their power. Dr. Alice Roberts reflects on discoveries.
Credits: Anglo-Saxons (00:45)
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