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Britain’s Biggest Dig 4 weeks 1 day ago #3528756

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Excavations and. and the reburial of skeletons in two sites in preparation for HS2 reveal details of the lives of rich and poor people in England’s capital and Birmingham the city of a thousand trades. An excellent way of delivering lessons from the past : accessible and highly informative. I would recommend it.
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What is HS2 ? thanks

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Lenny : Sorry I didn’t explain.
HS 2 is a state of the art high speed railway which will link London and Birmingham and provide much needed increased capacity across the country . Hopefully, it will help re balance the economy and is critical to our low carbon future. Excavations are underway, old burial grounds are being dug up and skeletons are being removed and reburied.
The programme does not dwell upon the rights or wrongs of building the new high speed railway. Through the bones that have been excavated it is able to teach us about how people lived; the excavations are backed up by historical data, e,g. census records for some of the people whose bones are to re buried and medical details about some of the illnesses of the time.
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Britain’s Biggest Dig 4 weeks 1 day ago #3528898

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I saw last weeks .. it was in London .
I found it interesting for the first 20mins , unfortunately I thought it dragged after awhile .
There’s only so much that can be said about bodies and graves once they’ve done the bodysnatchers ‘ compared graves of rich to graves of the poor illness , ages of the dead and living conditions .
I assume last nights in Birmingham was much the same.

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Last night they took us round a house that is now a museum in Birmingham where a poor family would have lived . It was common practice for children of a poor family to have to share a bedroom with ‘lodgers‘ - complete strangers who paid rent to live with the family. Quite shocking to think about now given the implications.
Graves were also excavated where china plates were buried with the dead person, an explanation was offered that rather than putting the best crockery in with the body to take up to heaven, it was more likely to be a superstition whereby the plate would have held salt to ward off the devil .
I like this kind of programme , I also enjoyed A House Through Time which looked at the history of a house through its inhabitants. Mind you, the presenter of that show , David Olusoga, was a nice bit of ‘eye candy’.

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Britain’s Biggest Dig 4 weeks 1 day ago #3528934

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Yep the eye candy very welcome.
The program also did grave goods last week .
I’ve no problem with the subject matter ,just its over long at an hour . There’s a further episode next week that’s 3 hours of mainly bone scraping ,illness and very limited grave goods .
Last week they followed the life of one named person where they lived etc.

Like you I really enjoyed all the house through time programs.

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I agree. 50 mins max would be optimal ( this is my opinion) based on advice given to lecturers.

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Britain’s Biggest Dig 4 weeks 1 day ago #3528991

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I love this kind of social history, so I had a look to see which TV channel was showing this.

For those like me, who haven’t heard of it before, it’s being broadcast on UK TV by BBC 2 - here’s a link to the schedule times.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mmrf

I see I’ve missed the first 2 episodes but it’s also on BBC iPlayer, so I think I’ll watch it from there.

Thanks for letting us know this programme was being broadcast, Aida.
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Britain’s Biggest Dig 4 weeks 23 hours ago #3529102

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yes. i love these sort of programmes as well. very informative and interesting.
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Fascinating.....always enjoyed Time Team.
Just think -in a few hundred years you too could be dug up on an archaeology programme.
They found Captain Flinders which was rather good.
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