The Bone Detective

Every week archaeologists uncover bodies. From tales of battles, disease, tragedy or accident, Tori Herridge, assisted by mortuary technician Carla Valentine and archaeologist Raksha Dave, attempt to piece together the lives behind these bones, what happened to these people and how they came to be where they were found.


Air Date: October 21, 2020 - 45:48
Tucked away in a corner of a Runcorn industrial park is the most excavated monastic site in Europe.
Air Date: October 14, 2020 - 45:40
During routine roadworks on the A9 in the far north of Scotland, the remains of a young woman are found. She lived and died in the Early Bronze Age. In her graves are clues to who she might have been.
Air Date: October 07, 2020 - 45:10
One after another, archaeologists reveal eight Roman cemeteries on the site of a planned housing estate near Amesbury in Wiltshire
Air Date: September 30, 2020 - 44:59
In what appeared to be an ordinary 19th Century Bristol graveyard archaeologists discovered the bodies of 13 people whose skulls had been cut open.
Air Date: September 23, 2020 - 45:27
Beneath an upmarket shopping arcade in Leeds city centre archaeologists discovered the remains of children and teenagers.
Air Date: September 16, 2020 - 45:16
The remains of over 100 young Anglo-Saxon men are found under a planned car park in Hampshire. Why were they denied a Christian interment and buried so remotely?
Air Date: September 09, 2020 - 45:36
More than 1400 bodies in a long forgotten cemetery in Ipswich. Tori Herridge and her team see first hand evidence on their bones of hard manual labour, disease, murder and what might be the first post-mortem dissection in England.
Air Date: September 02, 2020 - 46:48
Five Bronze Age bodies have been found in a deep pit in Kent. One of them, an old woman, has been manipulated into a position where she is pointing at something. But at what? And why?