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Transmission date : 12th February 2001
Channel : BBC2
Duration : 30 mins.
Country : Great Britain
Production Company : BBC
Distributors : BBC
Executive Producer : Caroline Van Den Brul
Series Producer : Ian Potts
Presenter : Julian Richards
Episode 24 "Treasures of the Dark Age"
Presenter and archaeologist Julian Richards investigates a grave-good rich cemetery in Peterborough where archaeologists have been unearthing Anglian artefacts from the fifth to sixth Centuries AD.
The site contains a mixture of inhumations (burials) and cremations placed in richly decorated urns belonging to some of the earliest Anglian settlers of Britain, who arrived from their Germanic homelands not long after the end of Roman rule.
Analysis of the grave goods - bronze broaches, pins, dress fasteners, silver rings, knives, amber beads, glass, and ivory items demonstrates a tangible link across the North Sea to the former homelands and clearly demonstrates that a trade networks existed,
The cemetery site clearly shows a change in burial customs within perhaps 100 years of their colonisation of eastern England, The first few generation of Anglian settlers can be identified by the rite of cremation, passing through the flame to instantly transcend to Valholl. This changes within a few generations (as it does in other parts of England) to accompanied (grave goods) inhumation and ultimately just inhumation.
As with all the Meet the Ancestors episodes this programme includes Excavation, Post Excavation, synthesis and facial reconstructions.
Name.........: Meet the Ancestors - Treasures of the Dark Age
Filesize.....: 180 MB (or 185,218 KB or 189,663,744 bytes)
Runtime......: 00:22:47 (34,167 fr)
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Video Bitrate: 784 kb/s
Audio Codec..: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 320 kb/s (160/ch, stereo) CBR
frame Size...: 720x576 (1.25:1) [=5:4]
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