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  • 1994
  • 10 Seasons

Season 1 begins in the ancient times of Europe, when the countryside was brutal and technology was budding. The Time Team explores King Alfred's last kingdom, England under Roman rule, a busy medieval market town, and an incredible man-made island in the middle of a lake. The team even experiments with some medieval boat construction.

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Jailhouse Rocks
13. Jailhouse Rocks
March 30, 2003
The constabulary in Appleby-in-Westmorland know that their police station dates back to the 1770s. They also know that two subsequent prisons, from the 1820s and the 1870s, also stood on the site. One archaeologist volunteers to become a Victorian-era prisoner for 24 hours, put to hard labor breaking rocks, turning a crank handle for no reason, and moving dirt from one pile to another.
A View to a Kiln
12. A View to a Kiln
March 23, 2003
Roman finds from Sedgefield prompt Time Team to visit a field and subject it to investigation. Air photographs and geophysical survey show tantalizing signs of activity below the turf, while field walking provides even more finds. However, these finds lead to some confusion, as the archaeology suggests a low-status site with farms or workshops, but the coin finds are of high quality and value.
Not a Blot on the Landscape
11. Not a Blot on the Landscape
March 16, 2003
Time Team travels to Castle Howard to look for the lost village of Henderskelf, which was demolished around 1700. The exact placement of the village proves difficult to pin down. As the geophysical survey is unable to help much, the team has to rely on a map from 1694 and visible lumps and bumps that dot the landscape. Will Tony and the team find what they've come looking for?
Rescuing the Dead
10. Rescuing the Dead
March 9, 2003
A building development threatens a Bronze Age cemetery, and Time Team is there to carry out rescue excavations together with county archaeologists. The graves are cist burials in various states of preservation, placed around a large boulder in a dug pit. With skulls initially being found as the only form of remains, the archaeologists wonder whether the site only contained skulls originally.
Looking for the White House
9. Looking for the White House
March 2, 2003
Time Team visits Kew Gardens to find the White House, part of the second Kew Palace complex and favorite home of mad king George III. Carenza is shown how decorated wine glasses of the period are made. The archaeologists also locate an underground tunnel for sheltered transport of meals from the kitchen block to the palace dining halls by combining geophysical survey with keyhole test pits.
Back to Our Roots
8. Back to Our Roots
February 23, 2003
Time Team revisits Athelney Abbey, the hideaway of Alfred the Great and also the very first site investigated by the team, one hundred episodes earlier. Ten years of technological advances have significantly enhanced their geophysical survey methods, and changes in heritage management attitudes have also given them the permission to dig at the site. What can be learned about the King?
Death in a Crescent
7. Death in a Crescent
February 16, 2003
Time Team visit Bath to investigate parch marks seen in the park lawn of the Royal Crescent, indicating the presence of a large Roman road, possibly local remains of the Fosse Way. They also look behind the Crescent for Roman sarcophagi and wall lines found by builders of the now-gone St. Andrew's Church in the 1870s, and noted by an antiquarian at the time.
Digging Liberty
6. Digging Liberty
February 9, 2003
Tony Robinson and the team are hunting for Liberty's first factory in South London. 'Liberty silks' still evoke images of opulence and beauty, of floating dresses and more leisurely times, but their hunt proves far from leisurely. Day three of the search brings a breakthrough, as well as an extraordinary attempt to recreate the 19th century techniques of dying and printing those wonderful silks.
Joust Dig It
5. Joust Dig It
February 2, 2003
Time Team investigates Placentia, the Greenwich palace of king Henry VIII. They try to locate his royal armory and the tiltyard, where the court and nobility would have jousted and been entertained in mock castles. In the experimental part of the program, Tony looks at how Tudor armor would have been made, and gets a breastplate of the period hammered and fitted.
The Giant's Grave
4. The Giant's Grave
January 26, 2003
Time Team investigates a Shetland garden for remains of Viking occupation a number of soapstone objects were found there. They also open a mound feature nearby called "The Giant's Grave" to see whether or not in fact it may be a Scandinavian boat burial. In the garden they find more soapstone objects, slabs with crossmarks, and wall lines, indicating the presence of a Viking Age farmstead.
Peak District Practices
3. Peak District Practices
January 19, 2003
Time Team examines a mysterious cave in Derbyshire where spelunkers have found several skeletons, some of them newborn babies. Finds from the cave date from the Iron Age, Roman period, and Stone Age. The excavation proves quite hazardous, as the chambers and tunnels are filled with precariously heaped stones. Some areas are considered just too unstable to work in at all.
Mosaics, Mosaics, Mosaics
2. Mosaics, Mosaics, Mosaics
January 12, 2003
Time Team travels to Somerset to investigate the discovery of an exquisite Roman mosaic in a field. The geophysical survey clearly indicates the presence of a substantial and well-preserved villa on the site. One of the main problems they tackle is the development of the building complex through time. In the end, the site turns out to contain one of the largest Roman villas in the U.K..
Garden Secrets
1. Garden Secrets
January 5, 2003
Time Team investigates a back garden in Raunds, where a skeleton has been found along with his Anglo-Saxon grave goods. The burial probably fits in with a number of other Saxon sites in the town and is seen in light of these. The team examines his attributes, anatomy, and ailments, and have to tackle several logistical problems in association with excavating in such a constrained area.

Season 1 begins in the ancient times of Europe, when the countryside was brutal and technology was budding. The Time Team explores King Alfred's last kingdom, England under Roman rule, a busy medieval market town, and an incredible man-made island in the middle of a lake. The team even experiments with some medieval boat construction.

Classic Time Team is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (101 episodes). The series first aired on January 16, 1994.

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  • Premiere Date
    January 16, 1994