Britannia: Introduction (00:51)
New archaeological discoveries challenge preconceptions of Roman Britain. This episode features a newly discovered town in Devon, skeletons of 97 babies, a Roman god figurine, and more.
Folkstone, England (07:58)
Experts believe Folkstone is the Romans' first landing point. Archaeologists and volunteers find clues connecting the site to the Roman Navy. The size and location of the villa suggests a resident of wealth and power; the site is in danger of falling into the sea.
Hambleden, England (06:58)
Archaeologists discover the bones of 97 babies buried beneath a Roman villa. Experts examine cut marks, test DNA, and date the bones to 150-200 AD. Jill Ayres believes the villa may have been a brothel.
Yewden Villa Artifacts (04:14)
Brett Thorn believes artifacts suggest the villa housed a mother goddess cult and may have been a birth center. Cut marks on the bones may indicate an embryotomy.
South Devon Village (07:01)
In 2009, Jim Wills and Dennis Hewings discover several Roman coins. Excavations reveal more coins, hundreds of objects, a Roman road, and human remains; the settlement is in an unexpected location.
Caerleon, England (06:31)
An amphitheater started in 75 A.D. is part of the Roman complex. Excavations reveal 1,200 artifacts in what may have been a storage. An expert works to preserve a Roman garment.
Bere Regis, England (07:47)
Artifacts suggest religious tolerance at the profitable Roman farmstead. A burial site for the elite dates to the late first century. Other skeletons reveal arrested development, suggesting episodes of illness or malnourishment.
Binchester, England (08:07)
Excavations suggest that Roman soldiers did not leave the fort in 410 AD. Findings indicate a tannery industry and a jewelry workshop. Dr. Robert Alice reflects on changing cultures and Roman discoveries.
Credits: Britannia (00:46)
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