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History revealed from the air

Press release issued: 28 October 2002

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History revealed from the air

Time Flyers, Dave MacLeod, Jo Caruth and Dr Mark Horton Intrepid archaeologist, Dr Mark Horton, Head of Archaeology at Bristol University, will be taking to the skies as one of the presenters on a new BBC2 programme, Time Flyers.

Time Flyers takes a fresh and original perspective on some of the most famous and important archaeological sites of Britain. Using the latest techniques of aerial archaeology combined with excavations, the team of three archaeologists investigates mysteries that have baffled researchers for decades.

Even where there are no longer physical remains, outlines of what was once there are often seen through spectacular crop marks and scars on the landscape. Using these, the team will each week identify an historic site which can only be revealed from the air, and explore the essential mystery at the heart of each subject.

Each of the stories focuses on an archaeological site that has either been discovered or re-interpreted through aerial archaeology. At the heart of each programme is an historical mystery that the team sets out to solve. These famous sites cover the length and breadth of the UK: from the extraordinary Neolithic monuments around Stonehenge to the Roman Empire's very first frontier (in Scotland); from Offa's Dyke on the Welsh borders to a medieval village in Somerset that was finished off by the Black Death.

Dr Horton said: 'The British Isles is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. From prehistoric monuments to the vast modern motorways, the works of man permanently mark Britain and nowhere is this better seen than from the air. Time Flyers brings alive our rich and violent past.'

The three presenters making up the Time Flyers team are Dr Mark Horton, Jo Caruth, a dig archaeologist with Suffolk County Council and Dave MacLeod, an aerial archaeologist with English Heritage.

Time Flyers, a six-part series, is a BBC Scotland production for BBC TWO and is broadcast from Thursday October 31 at 7.30 pm.

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Monday, 28-Oct-2002 16:38:58 GMT

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