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Time Team

Time Team

YouTube 1994

In this popular and (literally) groundbreaking programme, Tony Robinson and a team of experts travel the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites of historical importance.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Time Team

Time Team - S6E10

#1 - Kemerton, Worcestershire (Season 6 - Episode 10)

In 1990 someone flew over this Worcestershire field and took this aerial photograph, you see all these extraordinary crop marks that aren’t visible from the ground. But, what are they? Well, we got two clues. A couple of fields in this direction, archaeologists have discovered vast amounts of pottery and evidence of houses and deep pits all of it Bronze age and in such large amounts. It’s considered to be of national importance. But over here is Breedon Hill, one of the largest Iron Age hill forts in the whole country. So what’s going on here? Local archaeologists have called us in to sort it all out, in just three days.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 12 votes.

Time Team - S6E2

#2 - Papcastle, Cumbria (Season 6 - Episode 2)

While they were building this extension to their house here in Papcastle in Cumbria, the Buckingham family discovered this piece of Roman pottery. Can you see that little bird on the tree there? But that was just the start of their discoveries. They came up with these two quern stones, whole boxes of finds and they’ve even got what appears to be the outline of a Roman building right here. Being fans of Time Team, they contacted us because they want to find out what on Earth the Romans could have been doing here in their back garden nearly 2000 years ago. And as usual, we got just three days to find out.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 10 votes.

Time Team - S2E3

#3 - Tockenham, Wiltshire - The Lost Villa (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The Time Team visit the picturesque village of Tockenham, deep in the heart of the ancient Wiltshire countryside. Despite the fact that there are no Roman remains in Tockenham, the village's 15th century church, St Giles, has a small pagan Roman statue embedded in one of its outer walls. The Time Team have just three days to solve this riddle. If there is no evidence of Roman settlement, where did the Roman statue come from? Is the church on an earlier Roman site and does it have ancient ceremonial significance?

The episode was rated 8.21 from 14 votes.

Time Team - S6E5

#4 - Plympton St Maurice, Devon (Season 6 - Episode 5)

I’m standing on top of the motte and bailey of Plympton Castle in Devon. You know mottes and baileys from your school days, they’re those great towering lumps that the Normans threw up all over the country. And these walls are all that are left of the original castle that was built here over 700 years ago. Now in towns and villages, normally the medieval stuff disappears, it gets built over and we lose it, but here in Plympton the local people believe there’s enough of it left down there, for us to be able to work out the layout and the boundary of the medieval town that existed at the same time as that castle.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 11 votes.

Time Team - S1E4

#5 - Llangorse, Powys - The Fortress in the Lake (Season 1 - Episode 4)

The Fortress in the Lake. In the Dark Ages, a powerful king decided to show how powerful he was and built a man made island in the middle of a lake and stuck a palace on top of it. Who was the king and who were the builders and what happened to them all? The time team visits the site of this Dark Age man-made island, known as a Crannog, in Llangorse Lake near Brecon in Wales.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 18 votes.

Time Team - S6E1

#6 - Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent - Wedgwood's First Factory (Season 6 - Episode 1)

Everyone knows the name of Wedgwood when it comes to pottery, and this is what they have in mind, this blue and white design, it’s famous throughout the world. But few people know that it was here in Burslem on the outskirts of Stoke-On-Trent, that Josiah Wedgwood’s climb to fame and fortune first began. This is actually the site of his first factory, which was at the heart of the pottery industry when it took off in the eighteenth century, but does any of it remain under the paving stones of present day Burslem.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 13 votes.

Time Team - S2E4

#7 - Lambeth Palace, London - The Archbishop's Back Garden (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The Archbishop's Back Garden. Historically it was believed that the original Roman road into London veered east and crossed the river at Tower Bridge, placing the original site for the Roman capital of Londinium in the financial centre of the modern day city. But 60 years ago an amateur archaeologist, Bernard Davis, upset the status quo when he excavated what he believed to be the remains of the first Roman road into London - in the gardens at Lambeth Palace. Yet the existence of the road has never been verified and the site left unexplored. The Time Team have just three days to try and relocate Bernard Davis' Roman road and solve some of the fascinating questions its discovery poses. Did the first road the Romans built into London really cross the river at Lambeth rather than Tower Bridge and if so, does this mean that Lambeth, and not the City, was the site of the original Roman settlement?

The episode was rated 8.14 from 14 votes.

Time Team - S7E3

#8 - Wierre-Effroy, France - One Of The First Spitfires Lost In France (Season 7 - Episode 3)

One of the first spitfires lost in France. It was on 23 May 1940 that a young English pilot climbed into the cockpit of his Spitfire to join a formation of aircraft flying across the Channel to help defend troops retreating in the face of the Nazi advance. Paul Klipsch, aged 24, had never flown in a combat mission before; he was never to do so again. The young pilot was shot down over northern France. He had become one of the first of the 1,500 Royal Air Force pilots who were to give their lives during the early period of the Second World War. The RAF's combat report recorded simply that he had been 'Killed in Action'. The place where his plane came down, in a farmer's field outside the small French village of Wierre-Effroy, near Boulogne, has always been known. Two brothers, Auguste and René Mierlot, had seen it shot down by a Messerschmitt 110, at about 6pm that May evening. They remembered it well because half an hour later German troops entered their village. Despite the Nazi presence, local people retrieved Paul Klipsch's body from the remains of his aircraft and buried him in the village cemetery. His grave, now marked with an RAF headstone, remains there to this day. But while the time and place of this young pilot's death had long been known, we still knew little about how and why his Spitfire crashed. Time Team decided to see what could be revealed.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

Time Team - S2E2

#9 - Winterbourne Gunner, Wiltshire - The Saxon Graves (Season 2 - Episode 2)

A building site in the village of Winterboume Gunner, near Salisbury, stands abandoned. Previous developments on the surrounding land unearthed evidence of a Saxon burial ground and the council placed a protection order on the area halting all further building. The Time Team, aim to establish the full extent of the burial ground and in the process reveal the history of Saxon settlement in this small Wiltshire village.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 14 votes.

Time Team - S1E1

#10 - Athelney, Somerset - The Guerrilla Base of the King (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The Guerrilla Base of the King. The Time Team has just three days to answer questions raised by a local farmer about the archaeological history on his Somerset doorstep, asking whether this once-impenetrable, marsh-encircled site was Alfred's hiding place.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 22 votes.

Time Team - S3E1
#11 - Boleigh, Cornwall - Prehistoric Fougou
Season 3 - Episode 1

A 2,000-year-old underground chamber - or Fogou - takes the team deep into the far west of Cornwall. The fogou is located in the garden centre for alternative studies, and Tony cannot resist trying his hand at a spot of dowsing.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Time Team - S3E6
#12 - Preston St Mary, Suffolk - Treasures of the Roman Field
Season 3 - Episode 6

Treasures of the Roman Field. Discover why for years a Suffolk farmer has gathered hundreds of pieces of Roman pottery, jewellery and coins from one particular field on his land. Where did all this rich material come from? The Time Team heads into Lavenham to find out.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Time Team - S4E5
#13 - Malton, North Yorkshire - Norman and Medieval Castles and Jacobean House
Season 4 - Episode 5

The team head for this picturesque village in North Yorkshire where nettle-infested jungle conceals 2,000 years of English history.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Time Team - S4E6
#14 - Netheravon, Wiltshire - Roman Villa
Season 4 - Episode 6

A mosaic in a partially abandoned army-barracks may be part of an ancient Roman villa. The time team head for an army barracks in Netheravon, Wiltshire, to test a theory that a Roman villa is concealed beneath the site. A colonel discovered a piece of mosaic pavement there in 1907, but until now archaeologists have not been allowed behind the barbed wire. Can the team solve the mystery before the troops return?

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Time Team - S5E2
#15 - Greylake, Somerset - Bronze-Age Trackway
Season 5 - Episode 2

The team go to the Somerset levels in search of a 4,000-year-old wooden trackway. The quickest way to get across the marshes that used to exist here in the Bronze and Iron Ages was across wooden walkways. Now the team hope to find evidence of these footbridges.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Time Team - S5E4
#16 - Turkdean, Gloucestershire - Roman villa
Season 5 - Episode 4

Tony Robinson and the team return to the site of a previous dig in 1998 which unearthed a Roman villa in the Cotswolds. They discover that the villa dates from the very first days of the Roman occupation. Amongst their new finds is an entire, untouched Roman water course.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Time Team - S1E3
#17 - Much Wenlock, Shropshire - The New Town of a Norman Prince
Season 1 - Episode 3

The new town of a Norman prince Old foundations found in a garden may be one of the first houses to be built in the town. Is this so? and how did Much Wenlock become a big market town as it is today? The 'Time Team' reveal evidence of a 13th-century aisled hall in a present-day garden in Much Wenlock. Through the identification of 13th-century pottery finds and tree-ring dating, they link the building with visits by Henry II.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Time Team - S3E4
#18 - Teignmouth, Devon - A Wreck of the Spanish Armada
Season 3 - Episode 4

The team attempt to identify an ancient ship that was wrecked some 400 years ago off Teignmouth beach in Devon. Twenty years ago, a teenage scuba diver found a bronze canon belonging to the wreck on the seabed. But after all that time under water, will there still be enough of the ship left for the Time Team to identify it?

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Time Team - S6E9
#19 - Turkdean, Gloucestershire - Revisited
Season 6 - Episode 9

Eighteen months ago, Time Team discovered under this Gloucester field what maybe one of the largest Roman villas yet excavated in Britain. We found whole ranges of rooms including a beautiful bath house arranged around three courtyards spreading all over this plateau. But at the end of the three days, just when we thought we finally understood the villa, geophysics came up with another whole range of buildings running all the way up that hillside. Could this simply mean that the villa was even larger than we’d originally thought, or was there something rather extraordinary happening here 1600 years ago? Time Team just had to come back to Turkdean to find out.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Time Team - S5E7
#20 - Downpatrick, County Down - St Patrick's First Church
Season 5 - Episode 7

The team travel to Downpatrick in Northern Ireland to excavate one of Britain's most important religious sites. Upon Cathedral Hill is the site of the first settlement of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: nov 20, 2022


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