TV's Time Team dig deep for star find
A team of TV archeologists say they have uncovered an "architectural theme park".
Tony Robinson's Time Team and a crew of 55 archeologists spent three days excavating a site at Groby Old Hall, near Groby Castle, in Markfield Road.
They were joined by three camera crews and scores of spectators as they uncovered a small Norman castle and settlement.
Series producer Michael Douglas said: "In all, we've had about 195 digs and only ever come up with nothing once -– that's good going.
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"Groby does not fit into that category at all – it was like an architectural theme park.
"We found a stunning piece of Norman architecture – a 10ft wall which dwarfed our diggers – normally we find a few bricks.
"But the star find was very posh and very, very impressive, quite unlike anything we've ever dug before – but you'll have to watch the show to find out what it is."
They also studied the remains of an 11th century motte and bailey castle in the grounds of Groby Old Hall, which they hoped to recreate.
Groby Old Hall is a Grade II listed 15th century brick-built manor house.
It was built by the Grey family, of Groby, whose most celebrated members were the two Queens of England Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth Woodville.
It was their main home until a new house was built in the grounds of Bradgate Park in the early 1500s.
The show featuring Groby Old Hall will air in 2011.
The latest series of Time Team returns on Channel 4, on Sunday, April 18, at 5.30pm.