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Time Team

Time Team is a British television series that has been airing since 1994. Presented by Tony Robinson, a team of specialists carry out an archaeological dig in three days, with Robinson explaining the process. The show “marks a new approach to archaeology on British television and sets out to capture both the excitement and immediacy of the process of discovery – archaeology as it happens.”

Over two hundred episodes of Time Team have already been aired.  Sites are suggested by landowners, local archaeologists, scholars or members of the public, and have included everything from the Paleolithic period to World War II. For example programmes have featured the excavation of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements, Roman villas and medieval churches. Several excavations have resulted in the discovery of sites of national significance, and dozens of academic papers have been written by the members of the show about their discoveries.

Jerome de Groot, writing in his book Consuming History, says Time Team, “presents archaeological investigation as a time-specific adventure, a voyage into the unknown  and the harvesting of the hitherto unremarkable sites historical relevance. In some ways the locale becomes the subject of genealogical investigation, a digging into the past in order to understand the journey from that past to the present.”

Watch Episodes Online

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery – examines a field in Lincolnshire for a possible burial site from Anglo-Saxon times

Clips from various Time Team episodes

Secrets Of The Saxon Gold

Mosaic Mystery

Mysterious Castles

Dungannon Castle

Aston Eyre, Shropshire

Time Team stories from Medieval News

Time Team to show special on Dover Castle

The Real Knights of the Round Table: A Time Team Special

Castle discovered in South Northamptonshire

Time Team dig for Harold’s story

Archaeological finds in Looe

Blythburgh Abbey

Welsh link with King Harold uncovered

Man speared in eye during medieval joust for TV show

Totnes: Secrets of medieval suburbs

Salisbury Cathedral Exhibition

Provan Hall, Easterhouse

Links

Channel 4 - official Time Team site

The Unofficial Time Team website – has more information about episodes, cast and crew

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