Segments in this Video

Avebury Henge (09:11)


The area is home to prehistoric burial mounds and monuments. Archaeologists survey the stone circle and excavate the field overlooking the monument. Evidence suggests people lived and worked in the area.

Repton, Derbyshire (10:00)

In 873 AD, Vikings defeat the locals and make camp. Archaeologists discover evidence of the Viking winter camp and re-examine human bones from an earlier dig.

Viking Invasion (02:48)

Alfred the Great stops the Viking advance at Edington in 878 AD. Dr. Alice Roberts examines artifacts at the Museum of Somerset.

Burrow Island (08:23)

Evidence proves the 19th century legend that rats fed on buried bodies. Archaeologists discover bodies of those incarcerated on prison ships and information about living conditions on the hulks.

Cat's Brain and Dorstone (10:18)

Archaeologists excavate long barrows and unearth Neolithic artifacts, post holes, and timber. They learn that the barrows are not burial mounds, but commemorations of buildings.

Theme Two: Why is Paganism Growing? (12:18)

Barker, Law, and Trudge discuss why paganism is growing. Trudge and Barker argue that the modern worldview is the driving force for the increase paganism. Law asserts that the rise in paganism is due to the fall of traditional religion.

Leekfrith, Staffordshire (04:59)

Metal detectorists Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania discover four gold torques. Examinations reveal they are Iron Age artifacts with a continental design influence.

Meonstoke, Hampshire (10:34)

Discoveries help explain the extent of Roman influence into rural Britain. Archaeologists identify a hexagonal building and artifacts that suggest the site was a Roman temple complex. Roberts reflects on discoveries and previews the next episode.

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Once paganism was seen as an antiquated belief system that modern frameworks had made redundant. Now it is claimed paganism is one of the fastest growing religions in the UK and US. Have the pagan gods of nature given us a new haven for spirituality? Or is it a superficial entertainment for lost westerners? The Panel Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics Eileen Barker, philosopher at the University of London Stephen Law, science journalist, author, and broadcaster Angela Saini, and writer, broadcaster and co-founder of the College for Enlightened Agriculture, Colin Tudge debate the pagan resurgence.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL145292

ISBN: 978-1-64198-817-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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