Somerset Archaeology on Film

The Art of Victor Ambrus

This film was commissioned to celebrate the work of the Hungarian-born artist and illustrator Victor Ambrus. He is best known for his appearances on Channel 4’s Time Team. In 2016 his work was celebrated with an exhibition at The Museum of Somerset. Filmmaker Justin Owen.

The Lady in Lead

Metal detectorists discover a lead coffin in a field near Ilchester in Somerset. The local police call in the archaeologists from the South West Heritage Trust. They decide to lift the coffin and investigate it back at the Trust’s laboratory. The film follows the opening and excavation of the coffin and the discovery of a young woman’s skeleton. Filmmaker Justin Owen.

Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership

Explore the fascinating story of the Avalon Marshes near Glastonbury and how this unique landscape has changed during 6,000 years.  Filmmaker Justin Owen.

Discover the mysteries of the Sweet Track – the oldest wooden trackway and ritual monument in Britain.

Replica Iron Age canoes take to the water in the Avalon Marshes. Follow the project blog at avalon archaeology

Journey to the Iron Age settlement known as Glastonbury Lake Village.

Explore the Mesolithic landscape of 7,000 years ago.

Travel along the 5,823 year-old Neolithic Sweet Track.

Hinkley Point C Development

The Landscapes of Power film is about the archaeological excavations carried out in advance of the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in West Somerset. The film describes the discovery of prehistoric settlement remains and evidence of Iron Age and Roman farming practice, as well as the discovery of an important Dark Age cemetery. Filmmaker Justin Owen.

Short version – 5.38 mins

Longer version – 33.37 mins

This film of the Cannington bypass shows the archaeological excavations carried out over the summer of 2014 on the bypass route. The remains of three Roman buildings were found, including a high-status villa complete with under-floor heating and evidence of painted wall plaster and a slate roof.
Short version – 5.58 mins

Longer version – 22.43 mins