An item about volunteers who are excavating the site of a Roman town before it is made into a new road.
St Albans, Hertfordshire.
L/S of some tents in a field, a group of people walk along and pick up various tools. M/S of people picking up shovels, C/U of hands grabbing handles. The narrator tells us these people are volunteers who are helping to excavate the site of a Roman town. This is their last chance to gather information because the site is going to be filled in to make a new road. L/S of the site all dug up with various people working on it, the camera pans across to show people digging. M/S of some people in a big trench digging and putting the earth in buckets.
C/U of archaeologist Alison Ravetz marking various layers of earth and bricks with identifying labels, she gets up and walks off. C/U of the labels on the earth. L/S of the site as various people work on it. M/S of a woman brushing off a bit of pottery, C/U of the pottery, C/U of her face.
M/S of student Robin Adams washing a tessellated floor with a brush and sponge. He dips the sponge in a bucket of water and dabs it on the floor. L/S of the photographer, M.B. Cookson, standing behind his camera, he is pointing it at the tessellated floor as Robin and another man work on it. C/U of Mr Cookson putting the lens cap back on the camera. C/U of a girl kneeling down brushing some pottery. M/S of a woman tipping some earth from a bucket into a wheelbarrow and another girl wheeling it away. L/S of the director of the excavation, Mr S.S. Frere, sat at a table with the site plans, various people are working around him. C/U of Mr Frere smoking a pipe. C/U of a woman with a trowel digging the earth, C/U of her hand with the trowel and a piece of pottery. M/S of two women sat scrubbing pieces of pottery in washing up bowls, another woman walks over to them and bends down to some trays. C/U of 27 year old Jill Wilson, one of the women washing some pottery, C/U of her scrubbing it with a brush, C/U of her face, C/U of the pottery. M/S of a man holding another piece, C/U of him marking it with a brush. M/S of Judy Birmingham fitting a piece to a pottery 'amphora neck', C/U of the object. L/S of the remains of the Roman town.