Special programme: Stamford Bridge to feature on Sky History’s River Hunters show

Stamford Bridge and the River Ouse is set to feature in the second series of Sky History’s River Hunters.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 8:27 am
The series follows river detectorist Beau Ouimette, TV presenter and keen swimmer Rick Edwards, and underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead as they delve into the depths of Britain’s watery past. Photo courtesy of Sky History

The shows follow river detectorist Beau Ouimette, TV presenter and keen swimmer Rick Edwards, and underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead as they delve into the depths of Britain’s watery past.

The programmes document the team’s discoveries as it travels across Britain to search the rivers and waterways of some of the UK’s most important archaeological sites: many for the very first time.

On Monday (April 12) at 9pm the show will feature a hunt for evidence of Britain’s most notorious seafaring raiders, the Vikings, along the River Ouse.

A spokesman said: “The mission starts in York city centre. Whilst the city has long been an archaeological mecca, no-one has attempted a search of the city’s river before, so the River Hunters delve through a thousand years’ worth of river debris to find evidence of Viking life in this ancient city.

“The team then search the site of an epic riverside battle between the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings.

“The Battle of Fulford saw Norwegian King Harald Hardrada lead an army of 10 thousand Vikings to claim a brutal and bloody victory over their enemies.

“The river quest takes them on to the River Derwent, following the route of the Norse army to Stamford Bridge, site of the last Viking showdown in Britain: a fight that would see the defeated Viking army fleeing back to Scandinavia.

“With a find potentially dating to the 11th Century battle, it’s a river hunt of epic proportions.”