The second series of Meet the Ancestors will be broadcast on BBC 2 starting Thursday, 7 January 1999. In this series we have looked at six sites, from Dorset to Orkney and from Cheshire to Suffolk, ranging In date from the Neolithic to the 16th century AD. All of us on the Ancestors team would like to take this opportunity to thank not only all those whose excavations and subsequent research have featured in the programmes, but those who contacted us about sites that we were unable to film.
is another chance to be involved with our work though. A third series has
just been commissioned by the BBC Science Department and we are again actively
looking for sites in which we might become involved. What sort of excavations/sites
are we looking for?
which will involve the excavation of human remains, usually
inhumations although we are keen to tackle
cremation in this series. We can cope with a range of bone preservation on a site; however, it will be necessary to determine age/sex. In order to carry out some form of facial reconstruction, there needs to be some remains in a reasonable state of preservation.
|When||we would like to hear about any excavations which are taking place between now and September 1999. We are ready to start filming immediately.|
|Where||anywhere in the British Isles|
We film with a small team, usually just three people (camera, sound and presenter) and are very familiar with filming on site and the constraints involved. We are also aware of the needs of site security and confidentiality although the programmes are broadcast often as much as a year after an excavation has been completed.
In making the first two series of Ancestors we have developed a strong and growing working relationship with a number of researchers whose work is involved with archaeological science, forensics and reconstruction. As a result, one of the benefits of involvement with Meet the Ancestors is access to a wide range. of investigative techniques. The results of these often enable reconstruction artefacts and graphics to be produced with confidence and these too may be of lasting benefit to the excavation projects from which they are derived.
If you have any sites planned, have any new approaches to burial archaeology, or would like to discuss the series with a member of the team then please contact:
Richards Archaeologist/ presenter
Foyle Hill House
DORSET SP7 OPT
tel: 01747 851 531
Potts Series Producer
BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS
tel: 0181 752 6672
Lambert Production Co-ordinator
tel: 0181 752 6237
or E-MAIL us: email@example.com