Meet the Ancestors

Meet the Ancestors

1999 - 2004, History
Archaeologist Julian Richards examines the lives of long-dead people.
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Episode Guide

  • Meet the Ancestors - Skeleton in the Crypt: The Pilgrim Trade (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Skeleton in the Crypt: The Pilgrim Trade

  • Meet the Ancestors - Slave Island (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Slave Island

    The remains of over 400 slaves are unearthed in New York City in 1991.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Ultimate Sacrifice (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Researchers find the skeletons of a woman and three children in a Stone Age temple.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Malaria and the Fall of Rome (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Malaria and the Fall of Rome

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Lost Palace of Hampton Court (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    The Lost Palace of Hampton Court

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Lost City of Roman Britain (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    The Lost City of Roman Britain

    Tracing the history of the ancient city Calleva Atrebatum.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Stonehenge Enigma (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    The Stonehenge Enigma

    A Bronze Age human remain is discovered at Amesbury in Witshire, England.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Curse of Oxford Gaol (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    The Curse of Oxford Gaol

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Hunt for Darwin's Beagle (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    The Hunt for Darwin's Beagle

  • Meet the Ancestors - Billy and the Fighter Boys (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Billy and the Fighter Boys

  • Meet the Ancestors - Nelson's Forgotten Heroes (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Nelson's Forgotten Heroes

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Mummies of Cladh Hallan (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    The Mummies of Cladh Hallan

    A British archaeologist believes he has found the first British mummies.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Hunter of the Plain (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Hunter of the Plain

    A neolithic arrowhead is found in a prehistoric burial ground near Stonehenge.

  • Meet the Ancestors - A Family Plot (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    A Family Plot

    Julian Richards investigates the lives of a family who lived more than 150 years ago when he helps out with a house in the center of Coventry.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Lost Souls (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    The Lost Souls

    A housing development which was abandoned after a large number of unidentified graves were uncovered.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Treasures of the Dark Age (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Treasures of the Dark Age

    A range of strange artifacts are uncovered on an ancient burial ground.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Napoleon's Lost Army (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Napoleon's Lost Army

    Historians reassess their theories on how Napoleon's army was destroyed in 1812.

  • Meet the Ancestors - King of Stonehenge (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    King of Stonehenge

  • Meet the Ancestors - Dark Age Treasures (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Dark Age Treasures

  • Meet the Ancestors - Chariot Queen (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Chariot Queen

    Archaeologists studying Iron Age England discover a woman buried with a chariot.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Celtic Causeway (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Celtic Causeway

  • Meet the Ancestors - Britain's Oldest House (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Britain's Oldest House

    A 10,000-year-old house is discovered in Northumberland.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Arteries of the Empire (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Arteries of the Empire

  • Meet the Ancestors - Journey to Hell (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Journey to Hell

  • Meet the Ancestors - At the Sign of the Eagle (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    At the Sign of the Eagle

    Uncovering a lead coffin from a fourth-century Roman cemetery.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Architect, the Clerk and the Money (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Architect, the Clerk and the Money

    Julian Richards explores the construction of St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Winds of Change (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Winds of Change

    A team of archaeologists in Northumberland study six Anglo-Saxon graves recently discovered in sand dunes next to Bamburgh Castle.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Bishop's Men (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    The Bishop's Men

  • Meet the Ancestors - Killing Field (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Killing Field

    A mass of bones discovered in a Gloucestershire field revealed a murder weapon still lodged in the spine of its victim.

  • Meet the Ancestors - It's ... The Monty Python Story (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    It's ... The Monty Python Story

  • Meet the Ancestors - A Roman Plot (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    A Roman Plot

    The strange case of two burials - one in which the body was encased in a lead coffin.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Chosen One (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Chosen One

    Investigation of the complete skeleton of a teenage girl dating from the Iron Ace.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Doomsday Fire (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Doomsday Fire

    The remains of a Saxon church are recovered in a field near the Cambridgeshire village of Cherry Hinton.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The French Connection (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The French Connection

    The ruins of Lihou Priory, located on a remote island off the coast of Guernsey.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Princess of the City (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Princess of the City

    The digging at Spitalfields site unexpectedly uncovered an elaborate sarcophagus.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Forgotten Battlefield (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Forgotten Battlefield

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Black Hand (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Black Hand

    Archaeologists bring a teacher face to face with his ancestors.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Living With the Ancestors (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Living With the Ancestors

    A couple find their home is built over a 5th-century graveyard.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Tomb That Time Forgot (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Tomb That Time Forgot

    Police and archaeologists remove skeletons from a burial chamber in the Orkneys.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Warrior (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Warrior

    Examines one of the most impressive Anglo-Saxon graveyards ever discovered, on a U.S. Air Force base in Suffolk.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Desert Rescue (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Desert Rescue

    An airliner crash-lands in the Sahara in 1952.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Bones in the Barnyard (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Bones in the Barnyard

    Examining the remains of two Iron Age farmers in the isolated Somerset community of Bleadon, England.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Rose Garden Mystery (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Rose Garden Mystery

    The corpse of a 700-year-old monk reveals clues about his life and social status.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Friends, Romans and Countrymen (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Friends, Romans and Countrymen

    Archaeologists try to unearth the mystery behind two bodies discovered in a Roman-era sarcophagus in Bristol, England.

  • Meet the Ancestors - Lady of the Sands (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Lady of the Sands

    Evidence of cremations nearly 2000 years ago.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Wolf Den (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Wolf Den

    The excavation of a subterranean chamber in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Meet the Ancestors - The Chariot Queen: A Meet the Ancestors Special (Special)
    Special:

    The Chariot Queen: A Meet the Ancestors Special

    The remains of an extraordinary iron-age woman is unearthed in Wetwang.

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