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Meet the Ancestors

Season 2 1999

  • 1999-01-07T05:00:00Z on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 30 mins
  • English
  • Documentary

8 episodes

2x01 Warrior

  • Season Premiere

    1999-01-07T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richards investigates an Anglo-Saxon grave on a U.S. Air Force base in Suffolk, where the remains of a warrior in full battle regalia have been discovered alongside the bodies of his horse and a number of children apparently bearing weapons.

2x02 The Tomb That Time Forgot

  • 1999-01-28T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richards joins a team of police officers and archaeologists to investigate the secrets of the past in a Stone Age burial chamber containing the remains of four people recently discovered in an Orkney barley field.

2x03 Living with the Ancestors

  • 1999-02-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richards and the team visit a couple's home built over a fifth-century graveyard in Winterbourne Gunner, near Salisbury. Under the garage they are surprised to discover a male skeleton which may be that of an Ancient Briton.

2x04 The Black Hand

  • 1999-02-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richards investigates the discovery of a human jawbone in a Chester field, which led to the unearthing of a 12th-century chapel and the remains of medieval landowners. As archaeologists piece together the clues to present a Hampshire teacher with an image of his ancestors.

2x07 Hunter of the Plain

  • 2000-02-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richards investigates a rare Bronze Age grave on the Army's vast training ground on Salisbury Plain dating from the time of nearby Stonehenge to recreate a prehistoric bow and arrow to find out just how skilled and deadly this hunter might have been.

2x08 A Family Plot

  • no air date — 30 mins

Richards helps an archaeological team remove three burials locked within a 19th-century vault, as an old cemetery is cleared for redevelopment near to the ruins of Coventry's blitzed cathedral. The discoveries help piece together the history of a family who lived more than 150 years ago and reflect the changing fortunes of the city.

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