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Time team is an innovative British Television program centered on the activities of groups of archaeologists who carry out series of digging activities, and their procedures and purposes of digging are explained by the presenter in very simple terms using non scientific language for the understanding of all.

Each episode of the program features a new set of experts involved in the digging process. Though they varied in every episode, it was ensured that the members of every team had great expertise in archaeology. The activities of each episode commenced by the assembling of the archaeologists, then people from the public who came to observe and they were responsible for suggesting sites to be dug.

These places could either be their private property or other places they knew of with historical importance, which could possibly be of interest to the archaeologists. The purpose of every excavation activity is always explained at the start of the episode by the presenter who as the digging proceeds, explains every step so that viewers get a better understanding of all steps taken by the diggers, their decisions as well as all discoveries made by the archaeologists.

Time Team also comprises certain episodes such as live broadcasts as well as documentaries about the history of archaeology.

The idea behind the Time Team originated from a series which was earlier developed but failed and the concept behind it was reorganized to develop the Time Team.

The show was created by Tim Taylor, a renowned television producer and presentation was done by Tony Robinson and the concept was taken by Channel 4 where it first aired. The show was co-produced by Channel 4, Video Text Communications Ltd and Picture house Television. A similar program produced and aired in America; known as Time Team America was co-produced by Videotext and Oregon Public Broadcasting and is shown on PBS.

The entire Time Team show is available on DVD and every episode runs for 60 minutes including advertisements.

Channel 4
18 Seasons, 199 Episodes - Canceled
History
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  • Tony takes a look back at the best bits from two decades and over 250 episodes.

  • Tony Robinson celebrates the more than 150 practical experiments and re-creations that he and the Team have conducted over 20 years in order to unlock the mysteries exposed by their digs.Rebuilding - and even reliving - the past is a controversial area of archaeology. But it's one that Time Team has long championed, and one that has yielded some amazing results.This programme revisits some of the programme's greatest hits, from recreating individual objects such as Stone Age axes, Roman pewter bowls, medieval pottery and a Stone Age sword that throws new light on the myth of King Arthur's Excalibur, to building an entire Iron Age house and a Roman machine that lifted water from a deep well.The programme also revisits some of Time Team's forays into living history, from finding out what it felt like to be in Dad's Army to surviving 24 hours as a Victorian prisoner, in an attempt to see the past through our ancestors' eyes.Plus how a huge and - at times - contentious experiment for the programme finally solved the riddle of Seahenge.

  • When the Barlowsbought Upton Castle in Pembrokeshire they weren't sure if it was a Victorian folly or an Anglo-Norman castle. Time Team try to discover if it was one of the Anglo-Norman castles built to defend 'Little England beyond Wales' from the locals.

  • For 100 years schoolboys have been playing a few feet above the remains of the most opulent palace in Britain.The Manor of More was masterminded by Henry VIII's right-hand man, the all-powerful religious leader and statesman Cardinal Wolsey, who was also responsible for Hampton Court Palace. Tudor visitors remarked that it was grander than Hampton Court.But the palace went missing until the 1950s, when a group of pupils at Northwood School in Hertfordshire discovered its remains beneath their school playing field.Now one of those schoolboys - Martin Biddle, who is now one of the country's most distinguished archaeologists - joins Tony and the Team as they try to piece together the complete picture of this huge palace.In its heyday, the Manor of More would have been an opulent playground fit for royalty and state visitors. Like Hampton Court, it was built as a place in which to entertain. Thomas More and Catherine of Aragon would have known it intimately.But working out the layout of the palace is as tough a challenge as the Team have had for a long while.There should be a huge front courtyard, but where is it? There should be a long gallery running off the back range, somewhere under the school's tennis courts. But it's equally elusive.But finally enough pieces of this challenging Tudor jigsaw fall into place for the Team to visualise the splendour that once stood here, with its towered gatehouse rising majestically out of a wide moat.

  • Tony and the Team search for the remains of a renegade knight's Norman castle in one of Northern Ireland's most picturesque spots. King John sent John de Courcy to Ireland in 1170 as part of his invasion force, but de Courcy rebelled against his king's orders, instead establishing his own small kingdom and building a fine castle to defend it. King John refused to tolerate his disobedience and sent the loyal Hugh de Lacy across the Irish Sea to defeat him. De Courcy's castle was rebuilt, and much of its replacement is still standing. But the experts are convinced that some of what remains dates from de Courcy's time, and the archaeologists set out to find the lost structures. But as they survey and dig within the huge castle walls, they are in for a big surprise. It seems the site was occupied by tribal chiefs for many centuries before anyone had even heard of the Normans.

  • Roman remains have been turning up in an Oxfordshire field for decades, where a student in the 1960s believed he had uncovered a Roman mosaic. Is this the site of a lost grand Roman villa?

  • Oakham Castle is the best preserved 12th-century building in Britain, but there's much more to it than meets the eye.

  • Tony and the team make their way to the Lake District on an expedition that takes them both higher and deeper than they've ever been before. They are looking for a forgotten piece of the nation's industrial heritage.

  • Tony and the team work with veterans of the war in Afghanistan, investigating the ancient Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain, where they discover burials from 2000BC and rare Saxon finds.

  • Tony and the team attempt to help Hektor Rous, the son of 'Aussie Earl' Keith Rous, work out the mysterious history of the family's Tudor country home in Suffolk.

  • Time Team investigate a huge hill near Cardiff that may be immensely significant; is it the long-lost Iron Age capital of South Wales?During the course of their investigations the archaeologists make one particularly rare discovery: the most complete Early Iron Age cup ever found in South Wales, which proves that the site is from the earliest part of the Iron Age, at around 800BC.A huge hill dominates the Ely housing estate in Cardiff. Its towering ramparts and deep ditches identify it as a hillfort, and the effort of their construction indicates that this was no ordinary Iron Age homestead. The site's so big that thousands of people could have lived up here.It's never been explored before. If there were houses, none are visible now and the age of the fort has always been a mystery.Tony Robinson and the Team have five acres of hilltop, half a mile of ramparts and ditches and just three days to answer some very big questions.Fortunately local residents are keen to help, and finds such as jewellery and fine drinking vessels show that Iron Age domestic life in the area was rich and colourful.But finding any houses is harder than anyone imagined and provokes fierce arguments amongst the Team as time ticks away.But the hours of careful scraping and one spectacular find do pay off, revealing that Cardiff's hillfort is as old and as important as anyone could have hoped.

  • Tony and the Team uncover their largest ever range and number of items from Roman Britain, and undertake their most ambitious geophysics project to date.The archaeologists explore a spectacular site at Brancaster in Norfolk, which is believed to have been a Roman 'Shore-Fort'. Excavations could determine how large it was, what it looked like, and whether it was one of the key military outposts of Roman Britain.If the site turns out to be as significant as the Team hope, it suggests this question: Why build a major stronghold in such a far-flung corner of the country?As the Team try to answer, they unearth an unprecedented 2500 finds, which provide lessons about everything from Roman sports to the decorative arts and even cockfighting.They even find a spectacular piece of a legionary's armour in a previously hidden chamber.The Team also take on a high-definition geophysics survey covering 24 acres. It generates so much data that the computers grind to halt. Can they be fixed in time to reveal the site's layout?The biggest surprise reveals evidence of a staggering level of trade with the local population, and clues as to how wealthy nearby Britons became on the back of the Roman presence.

  • With over 250 amazing sites and tens of thousands of finds to draw on, it's hardly surprising the Team find it hard to decide which has been their greatest discovery.Revisiting digs that produced rare and fine jewellery, gold coins, huge and intricate mosaics - and some extraordinary archaeological fakery - Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Helen Geake defend and debate their choices for top honours. It's down to Tony Robinson to adjudicate.

  • Tony Robinson investigates how burial customs have changed and evolved over thousands of years of British history

  • For generations a family of Somerset farmers have been wondering if there was ever actually a castle on top of the hill they call Castle Hill

  • Kenfig appears to have been a thriving commercial success but then it disappeared, leaving just castle walls to mark its existence. The Team have three days to find out the size of this lost town.

  • Property magnate Paul Whight is so keen to know everything he can about the history of his home that he's rashly invited Tony Robinson and Time Team in to do their worst

  • Tony leads the Team to the village of Beadnell on a beautiful stretch of the Northumbrian coast, to explore an unusual promontory, from which fragments of human bone have emerged over recent years

  • Tony and the Team visit Newmarket, the birthplace of horseracing, in search of the earliest archaeological traces of the sport of kings

  • Tony Robinson and the Team head to Dunwich, a village that's falling off the edge of the UK due to coastal erosion

  • There's a problem in Bitterley. The village's school and cottages cluster prettily around the green. But the church and the manor house lie half a mile away, on the other side of a bumpy empty field.

  • Tony Robinson and the Team visit a tiny windswept island off the coast of Wales. It seems that Gateholm Island was once inhabited, but whether by Romans, Vikings, Celts or druids nobody knows.

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