BBC Two series to capture Britain's biggest ever archaeological dig
BBC Two has commissioned a major new TV series documenting the huge number of archaeological discoveries being made along the length of the HS2 route.
London - Saint James Gardens, Euston
The excavation of more than 45,000 Georgian and Victorian burials - the largest population ever excavated in Britain - will give us a rare opportunity to understand how Londoners lived and died during the period when the city became the most populous and important in the world.
Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire - St Mary’s Church
An estimated 5,000 skeletons are a gateway into the medieval world and beyond, from the Black Death to farm labourers and civil wars; this is a fantastic chance to study the history of a single rural community over a thousand-year period.
Birmingham - Park Street Burial Ground
One of the biggest burial ground excavations ever to have taken place outside London, and an amazing opportunity to understand the lives of Brummies during the Industrial Revolution and beyond: who were Birmingham’s new population, and where did they come from? Next door is one of the bases of the real Peaky Blinders - the Park Street Gang - as well as the site of sectarian riots against Irish immigrants and the hub of the city that became the 'workshop of the world'.
Boddington/Wormleighton – Warwickshire
Possibly 3,000 years of history in one location. We’ll set out to discover what impact the Roman invasion, the coming of the Saxons, and the Norman conquest had on rural Britain - and understand why some settlements were abandoned, whilst others remained.