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  • #15406

    Chris
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    For those who live in the UK, Time Team is pretty much a household name. An archaeological tv show spanning many series has broadcast loads of quality episodes relating to just about every aspect of British history. Have any of the US citizens on the forum seen a Time Team epsiode and what are your opinions? UK folk too.I recently watched a Time Team Special (again) about Boudica's lost tribe and recently listening to Jamie's podcast on Boudica reminded me of that episode.

  • #17017

    Tim the Enchanter
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    I live in the US and have seen it a bit when in the UK and on YouTube.  It is really well done, I love when science and history and real stuff like that are used to make a popular tv show.  I love that it has Baldrick as narrator too… 

  • #17018

    Chris
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    I must admit to having been a bit of a fan. I get to watch re-runs from time to time and record them, or a whole series, when they are shown. Some are better than others and we all have our favourite periods of British history. I love watching the Roman digs simply because they (usually, but not always) find plenty of evidence in the ground to support or disprove their theories. There is so much Roman occupation evidence spread across the country.I also like prehistoric Britain where they find evidence of round-house occupation (well, they find post holes that suggest round houses were there) and anything Anglo-Saxon, which are recurring projects for the show.Oh, and of course, it just wouldn't be the same without Baldrick at the helm.I like Phil Harding of Wessex Archaeology because of his colourful character and the passion he has for archaeology......and how he gets to try out all the experiments from making pottery to metal working and drinking the odd mead or two  :o

  • #17019

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I am going to have to try to find this in the US!

  • #17020

    Chris
    Participant

    There must be some US sites that have managed to get a selection of episodes so I hope you get a chance to check some of them out. There is, of course, a complete listing on Channel 4 with links to 4OD (Channel 4's version of the BBC iPlayer) where many of the episodes can be watched but unfortunately they will be blocked to you folks in the US and Canada.If you do get to watch any Jamie, let me know what you think. Some episodes are much better than others.

  • #17021

    HayleeB
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    Thanks for this suggestion! I have been needing a new series to watch and I think with nearly 19 seasons this should keep me amused for a while!!!

  • #17022

    Anonymous

    Time Team  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team – United Kingdom

  • #17023

    Chris
    Participant

    Thanks for this suggestion! I have been needing a new series to watch and I think with nearly 19 seasons this should keep me amused for a while!!!

    Yeah, let me know what you think if you watch any while you are in the UK, will be good to get an Aussie perspective  ;)Enjoy!!

  • #17024

    peterjcharles
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    I confess to being a fan. But in its early years especially, it raised some considerable division in the archaeological field from those who felt that 3 day digs were not really an appropriate way to investigate historical sites. It is interesting to see how over the years (and I am a veteren of series 1) more statuatory bodies such as English heritage and county archaeological organisations are now using them to investigate sites which otherwise would have lain uninvestigated (due to financial or resource problems) – I guess this is a recognition that they have proved their worth and have done a great deal to popularise history and archaeology with the general public.My favourite episode - the one where they are called in to investigate a rich collection of archaeological finds, which suddenly goes very wrong when they find a pre-medieval sword (can't remember exactly what) lying on top of a strand of barbed wire! Suddenly the whole concept of the site changes as it begins to dawn on the team that there is something very fishy going on.Is it all one big hoax?

  • #17025

    Chris
    Participant

    Excellent comment and I totally agree with you. Time Team, certainly in my mind, has done a great deal to bring archaeology closer to the masses, having taught much about British history and has been going so long now it is part of our heritage! Plus the fact it is really entertaining. I don't have a favourite but there episodes I prefer over others.Is this the one you mean Peter?Season 8 Episode 6Celtic Spring: Tony Robinson and the team try to solve the mystery surrounding a spring in a secluded Welsh valley. The site is apparently peppered with finds from different periods and some unique artefacts are soon uncovered. However, the investigation takes an unexpected turn when dating and stratigraphic evidence increasingly point to an elaborate hoax.

  • #17026

    peterjcharles
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    Yes I am sure that is the one. A very different take on archaeology from the normal TT programme and interesting because the series has often come across sites where the evidence was in some cases over-interpretted, and in a few tampered with, by earlier antiquarires yet here is case of a more modern attempt to mislead. The ultimate question you are left with is who and why? As I recall these questions remain unanswered.

  • #17027

    Chris
    Participant

    I don't recall having seen this episode and I thought I had seen most, if not all, of them up to at least series 11 or 12. I have tracked the episode down (ep. 3 not 6 as I mentioned previously) to have a look.Time Team semi-regular Francis Pryor is in this episode.

  • #17028

    Chris
    Participant

    Well, I have just watched the episode and what a doozy it is. The finds, although genuine and from probably many different sites combined, are all scattered over this site. The best bits are:1. The fake neolithic tomb and megalith stone that is only a few inches deep and in the middle of a trackway, a trackway that only appears on much later maps so it's not ancient.2. The Roman coins: two coins cleaned prior to going in the ground (again) with gouge marks on them; another that had broken at some point and been glued back again (this is where Guy de la Bédoyère does his bit....brilliant!)   and yes it does get better3. The sword (that Peter mentions previously) is a La Tène culture sword most likely from La Tène itself dating from around 150 - 250 BC but it is lying on top of barbed wire that is no older than 20 years. They found out it was all a hoax but they still had a good time although Carenza was really annoyed about the sword, and who can blame her.Unfortuantely, the episode cannot be embedded due to restrictions so here's a link to the episode instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvAFqfCr7Mg

  • #17029

    peterjcharles
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    Glad you liked it Chris

  • #17030

    anonymous
    Participant

    Time Team can be found on YouTube.  I love it!  I agree that having Baldrick as the host is a plus.

  • #17031

    Chris
    Participant

    Ah, another fan of the programme? There's been a few ups and downs on TT but it is such a popular programme it's no wonder it has been going for 19 series!I wish the 4OD Documentaries channel on youtube didn't restrict embedding otherwise I would have found some of my favourite epsiodes and posted them here.

  • #17032

    peterjcharles
    Participant

    Well, I have just watched the episode and what a doozy it is. The finds, although genuine and from probably many different sites combined, are all scattered over this site.Just watched it again. I had forgotten that there were obviously doubts about the site before they went there. And why did the land owner invite TT to dig and then refuse to appear on the programme?

  • #17033

    Chris
    Participant

    Yes, you could tell something was slightly dodgy from the start  ??? If the land owner knew from the onset it was a hoax he should haven also known that they would have figured it out....after all, it is what they do and they are pretty good at it too.

  • #17034

    peterjcharles
    Participant

    The other odd thing was that there seemed to be multiple levels of deception. Some of the planted items probably dated back to the Victorian antiquarian yet some like the sword were much more recent.

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