Time Team America

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  • TV-PG
  • 2009
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.9  (42)

Time Team America is a television series that aired on PBS in 2009. It was presented by Meg Watters, Chelsea Rose, and Jeff Brown, and followed a team of archaeologists as they explored historical sites across the United States. The premise of the show was simple: each episode saw the team visit a different location, where they would spend three days conducting an archaeological dig. The aim was to uncover new insights into America's past, using a combination of cutting-edge technology and good old-fashioned labor.

Despite its name, Time Team America was actually a spin-off of a British show called Time Team, which had been on the air for over a decade by the time the American version debuted. This meant that the American team had plenty of experience to draw upon, and were able to use many of the same techniques and technologies as their UK counterparts.

One of the main strengths of Time Team America was its diversity. The team comprised archaeologists, historians, and other specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, ensuring that each dig was approached from multiple angles. There was also a strong emphasis on involving local communities in the archaeological process, with volunteers from each location working alongside the team.

As well as being entertaining, Time Team America was also highly informative. Each episode began with a brief history of the site and its significance in American history, before moving on to the actual dig. Viewers were able to see how archaeological work is conducted in real life, from the initial surveying and excavation through to the analysis of finds.

The show also highlighted the importance of preserving historical sites for future generations. Many of the locations visited by the team were in danger of being lost due to development or neglect, and Time Team America was able to raise awareness of these issues.

Throughout the series, the team tackled a wide range of sites, from colonial settlements to Native American villages. Some of the most interesting episodes explored the history of the American West, including a dig at the site of the first gold rush in California and an examination of the notorious town of Deadwood, South Dakota.

One of the highlights of the show was the use of technology. The team employed a range of cutting-edge equipment, including ground-penetrating radar and 3D laser scanning, to help them uncover hidden features of each site. This allowed the archaeologists to build up a detailed picture of the past, something that would have been impossible using traditional methods.

Overall, Time Team America was a highly engaging and informative television series, which offered a unique glimpse into America's rich and varied history. The combination of expert analysis and cutting-edge technology made for compelling viewing, while the commitment to community involvement and preservation added a real sense of purpose to the show.

Time Team America is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on July 8, 2009.

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The Lost Pueblo Village
4. The Lost Pueblo Village
From PBS - In Cortez, Colorado, the Team explores the Dillard site, a village that some 1500 years ago was home to people of the Basketmaker III era, a culture that advanced itself with technologies like farming, pottery, and the bow and arrow. The innovations of the Basketmaker III era led to the complex, beautiful Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings of the nearby Mesa Verde region. Recent discoveries at the Dillard site"located at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center"lead researchers to ask: was this site more than just a village? Was this concentrated settlement the scene of a turning point in human history? Time Team America hopes to help solve the mystery.
Lost Civil War Prison
3. Lost Civil War Prison
From PBS - In the fall of 1864 the Confederate Army marched Union prisoners into a hastily built compound called Camp Lawton in Jenkins County, Georgia. The population mushroomed to more than 10,000 in just six weeks. Then, as Sherman's army approached, guards and prisoners alike were forced to flee. Abandoned, the camp disappeared into the forest and remained undisturbed for over a century, until a team from Georgia Southern University surveyed the site. They found what appeared to be on wall from the camp stockade wall, Civil War era coins, a daguerreotype, and more. The rest of the story was waiting to be uncovered. Time Team America joined the effort to map the entire stockade and learn more about this important moment in the nation's history.
The Bones of Badger Hold, OK
2. The Bones of Badger Hold, OK
August 19, 2014
From PBS - At Badger Hole, Oklahoma, the Time Team America crew excavates what may be the largest Folsom-period bison kill site in North America. Long extinct, Bison Antiquus roamed the plains 10,000 years ago. How were Paleoindian hunters able to kill so many of these massive bison--weighing 1500 pounds each--without the help of bows and arrows or even horses? The lives of these ancient ancestors seem elusive, but by investigating bison bones, arrowheads and more, the Team discovers clues about their habitat, hunting range, and their ingenuity that will help us understand them.
The Search for Josiah Henson, MD
1. The Search for Josiah Henson, MD
August 19, 2014
From PBS - Josiah Henson's 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and galvanized abolitionists. But for 30 years, he was enslaved here, on what was once a 270-acre plantation run by Isaac Riley. An acre of land and an old house are all that remain. Time Team America descends on an upscale DC suburb, digging for clues beneath the manicured lawn, and peeling back layers of the old kitchen floor to tell the story of one of the most important Americans of the 19th century.
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Time Team America is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Time Team America on demand at Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 8, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (42)