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Encyclopedia > Time Team
Time Team
Format Archaeology
Presented by Tony Robinson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 246[1]
(as of 19 May 2008) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Tim Taylor
Running time 60 minutes
(including adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
More4
Original run 16 January 1994 – present
Chronology
Preceded by Time Signs
Related shows Time Team Extra
History Hunters
Time Team Digs
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

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Time Team has had many companion shows during its run, including Time Team Extra, History Hunters and Time Team Digs. The series also features special episodes, often documentaries on history or archaeology, and live episodes. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Live television refers to television broadcasts of events or performances on a delay of between zero and fifteen seconds, rather than from video recordings or film. ...


Time Team was developed from an earlier Channel 4 series Time Signs, first broadcast in 1991. Produced by Tim Taylor, it features Mick Aston and Phil Harding, both of whom later went onto to appear on Time Team. Professor Michael Aston (born 1946) has become a familiar face on the Channel 4 television series Time Team. ... Phillip Harding is a British field archaeologist. ...

Contents

Format

A team of archaeologists, usually led by either Mick Aston or Francis Pryor (the latter usually heads Bronze Age and Iron Age digs), and including field archaeologist Phil Harding, congregate at a site, usually in the United Kingdom. The site is frequently suggested by a member of the viewing public who knows of an unsolved archaeological mystery, or who owns property that has not been excavated and is potentially interesting. Time Team uncover as much as they can about the archaeology and history of the site in three days, often in conjunction with the local archaeological unit. Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Professor Michael Aston (born 1946) has become a familiar face on the Channel 4 television series Time Team. ... Francis Pryor (right) discusses the excavation during the filming of a 2007 dig for Time Team with series editor Michael Douglas (left). ... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... Phillip Harding is a British field archaeologist. ...


At the start of the programme, Tony Robinson explains, in his "piece to camera", the reasons for the team's visit to the site, and during the dig he enthusiastically encourages the archaeologists to explain their decisions, discoveries and conclusions. He tries to ensure that everything is comprehensible to the archaeologically uninitiated.


Excavations are not just carried out to entertain viewers. The archaeologists involved with Time Team have published more scientific papers on excavations carried out in the series than all British university archaeology departments put together over the same period.[2]


Other team members

The regular team includes:

The original Time Team line-up from 1994 has altered over the years. Historian Robin Bush was a regular in the first nine series, having been involved with the programme through his long friendship with Mick Aston. In 2005 Carenza Lewis left to pursue other interests. She was replaced by Anglo-Saxon specialist Helen Geake. Landscape archaeology refers to a body of method and theory for the study of past people and their material culture within the context of their interactions in the wider social and natural environment they inhabited. ... Stewart Ainsworth is a British archaeological investigator, who is regularly seen on Time Team, the Channel 4 archaeological television series. ... Electrical resistance map of ancient Aphrodisias Archaeological geophysics most often refers to geophysical survey techniques used for archaeological imaging or mapping. ... John Gater is a British geophysicist, who is often featured on Time Team, the Channel 4 archaeological television series. ... Surveyor at work with a leveling instrument. ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing writing by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... Recreating the Past (2001) by Victor Ambrus and Mick Aston Victor Ambrus, born László Győző Ambrus in Budapest, Hungary, in 1935, is an illustrator best known for his regular appearances on the Channel 4 archaeology television series Time Team, where he visualises how the sites being excavated may have once... For other uses, see Historian (disambiguation). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carenza Rachel Lewis is a British archaeologist who became famous as a result of her appearances on the Channel 4 television series Time Team. ... For other uses, see Anglo-Saxon. ... Helen Geake with Stewart Ainsworth while shooting a Time Team in 2007 Dr Helen Geake is one of the key members of Channel 4s popular and long-running archaeology series Time Team, presented by Tony Robinson, along with Mick Aston and Phil Harding. ...


The team is supplemented by experts appropriate for the period and type of site. Guy de la Bédoyère has often been present for Roman digs, as well as those involving the Second World War such as D-Day and aircraft (such as the Spitfire). Margaret Cox often assists with forensic archaeology, and other specialists who appear from time to time include David S. Neal, expert on Roman mosaics. Local historians also join in when appropriate. Guy de la Bédoyère is a British historian, noted particularly for his expertise as an expert of the history of Roman Britain. ... For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... The term archaeological excavation has a double meaning. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter, which was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. ... Forensic archaeology is the application of archaeological techniques and methods to the Medico-legal field, normally the enforcement of criminal law. ... This article is about a decorative art. ... Local history is the study of the history of a relatively small geographic area; typically a specific settlement, parish or county. ...


More recent regular team members have included archaeologist Neil Holbrook and historian Sam Newton.


Younger members of Time Team who have made or currently make regular appearances include:

  • Katie Hirst
  • Jenni Butterworth
  • Brigid Gallagher
  • Matt Williams
  • Raksha Dave
  • Alice Roberts

Mick Worthington, formerly nicknamed "Mick the Dig" as he worked largely on site excavation in the early years, occasionally still appears in his current occupation of dendrochronologistand is a partner in the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory. Dr Alice May Roberts MB BCh BSc ILTM is a clinical anatomist and osteoarchaeologist teaching at Bristol University[1]. Dr Roberts is best known to the public for her appearances as an expert contributor on human anatomy to various television programs, including Time Team, and its spin-off show Extreme... // A nickname is a name of an entity or thing that is not its proper name. ... The growth rings of an unknown tree species, at Bristol Zoo, England Pinus taeda Cross section showing annual rings, Cheraw, South Carolina Pine stump showing growth rings Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the method of scientific dating based on the analysis of tree-ring growth patterns. ...


Production

Time Team is commissioned by Channel 4 Television (the broadcaster) and made in partnership between VideoText Communications Ltd and Picturehouse Television Co. Ltd (based in London). Recently-formed Wildfire Television was involved in the production of The Big Roman Dig (2005) and The Big Royal Dig (2006). It is produced by Tim Taylor, the show's originator, with Associate Producer Tony Robinson. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Sites

Sites may be suggested by landowners, local archaeologists, academics, interested bodies or members of the general public, and have included everything from the Mesolithic period to World War II. For example programmes have featured the excavation of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements, Roman villas and medieval churches. Several excavations have resulted in the discovery of sites of national significance. The Mesolithic (Greek mesos=middle and lithos=stone or the Middle Stone Age[1]) was a period in the development of human technology between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of the Stone Age. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... A Roman villa is a villa that was built or lived in during the Roman Empire. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ...


Other formats

Main articles: History Hunters, Time Team Digs, and Time Team Extra

Other shows

Time Team Live broadcasts show selected Time Team excavations as they are under way. The edited highlights of the live broadcasts are then shown as a programme in the regular series in the following year. The first dig featured was at Turkdean, Gloucestershire, in August 1997.


Time Team's Big Dig was an expansion on the live format. A weekend of live broadcasts in June 2003 was preceded by a week of daily short programmes. It involved about a thousand members of the public in excavating test pits each one metre square by fifty centimetres deep. Most of these pits were in private gardens and the project stirred up controversies about approaches to public archaeology.


Time Team's Big Roman Dig (2005) saw this format altered, in an attempt to avoid previous controversies, through the coverage of nine archaeological sites around the UK which were already under investigation by professional archaeologists. Time Team covered the action through live link-ups based at a Roman Villa at Dinnington in Somerset - itself a Time Team excavation from 2003. Over 60 other professionally-supervised excavations were supported by Time Team and carried out around the country in association with the programme. A further hundred activities relating to Roman history were carried out by schools and other institutions around the UK.


Time Team Specials are documentary programmes about topics in history and archaeology made by the same production company. They are generally presented by Tony Robinson and often feature one or more of the familiar faces from the regular series of Time Team. In some cases the programme makers have followed the process of discovery at a large commercial or research excavation by another body. Time Team usually does not carry out excavations for these programmes, but may contribute a reconstruction. Tony Robinson (born 15 August 1946) is an English actor, broadcaster and political campaigner, known for playing the part of Baldrick in the BBC TV series Blackadder and for hosting a number of shows on Channel 4, the most noteworthy being Time Team. ...


Impact on public interest in archaeology

Time Team regularly receives two to three million viewers, with at least 20 million turning on at some point over any one series[citation needed]. Foreign audiences also enjoy the programme, with particular interest in the Netherlands. The programme has also been transmitted on the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States, on TVOntario in Canada, on ABC TV in Australia and some episodes have also been broadcast by History International. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... TVOntario, officially the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, is an educational public television broadcaster in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The ABC or Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the national, Australia. ... History International is a digital cable television channel that features historical documentaries with an international focus. ...


There is no doubt that Time Team has substantially raised public awareness and understanding of archaeology. Time Team contributor Francis Pryor has written: "Before the first series of Time Team in 1993, it was hard work starting an excavation. I can remember arriving at a building site in Fengate, where I was to cut some exploratory trial trenches. When I announced that I was an archaeologist, some wit in a JCB quipped that I had lost my way to Egypt. Much hilarity. After Time Team that same chap would be asking when I was planning to bring in the geophysics." (Pryor, 2005) Francis Pryor (right) discusses the excavation during the filming of a 2007 dig for Time Team with series editor Michael Douglas (left). ... The term archaeological excavation has a double meaning. ... Flag Fen Iron Age roundhouse reconstruction Flag Fen near Peterborough, England is a Bronze Age site, probably religious. ... The term archaeological excavation has a double meaning. ... JCB is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: J. C. Bamford, a British manufacturer of heavy industrial vehicles whose JCB initials have become a generic name for wheeled mechanical excavators. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ...


Archaeologist Robert Van de Noort, Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Earth Resources at the University of Exeter, said: "Tony Robinson's Honorary Doctorate, and the Honorary Professorships for principal presenter Mick Aston and producer Tim Taylor, reflect our great appreciation for what Time Team has done for the public understanding of archaeology in this country. We know that the enthusiasm and skill of those working on the show has contributed greatly to creating a new generation of archaeologists, some of whom we hope to teach here at Exeter."[3] For referencing in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Citing sources. ... Earth science (also known as geoscience, the geosciences or the Earth Sciences), is an all-embracing term for the sciences related to the planet Earth. ... The University of Exeter (usually abbreviated as Exon. ...


Such is the popularity of Time Team that it has even made its way into alternative humour, as this article (registration required) by the British parody and humour site NewsBiscuit demonstrates. NewsBiscuit is a British satirical news website. ...


2007 accident

On 13 September 2007, while filming a jousting re-enactment for a special episode of Time Team, a splinter from a balsa wood lance entered the eye-slit of one of the participants. Paul Anthony Allen (1953–2007), a member of a re-enactment society, died a week later in hospital.[4] Channel 4 stated that the programme would be aired, but without the re-enactment sequence. The episode aired on 25 February 2008 and was dedicated to Allen. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Binomial name Ochroma lagopus Balsa (Ochroma lagopus, synonym ) is a large, fast-growing tree to 30 m tall, native from tropical South America north to southern Mexico. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini/Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Episode listing

Time Team episodes

Time Team specials

Main article: List of Time Team special episodes

Time Team Live

Notes

  1. ^ This figure includes all live episodes and specials.
  2. ^ Channel 4 programme website (Retrieved 23 October 2007)
  3. ^ Exeter University
  4. ^ BBC News(Retrieved 22 Oct 2007)

References

  • Current Archaeology magazine
  • Ambrus, Victor and Aston, Mick, Recreating the Past (Tempus, 2001).
  • Aston, Mick, Mick's Archaeology (Tempus, 2000, new edition 2002).
  • Gaffney, Chris and Gater, John, Revealing the buried past: Geophysics for archaeologists (Tempus, 2003).
  • Lewis, Carenza, Harding, Phil and Aston, Mick, edited by Tim Taylor, Time Team's Timechester (Channel 4 Books, 2000).
  • Pryor, Francis, Flag Fen: Life and death of a prehistoric landscape (Tempus, 2005).
  • Robinson, Tony and Aston, Mick, Archaeology is Rubbish (Channel 4 Books, 2002).
  • Taylor, Tim, with photographs by Bennett, Chris, Behind the Scenes at Time Team (Channel 4 Books, 2000).
  • Taylor, Tim, Digging the Dirt (Channel 4 Books, 2001).
  • Taylor, Tim, Time Team Guide to the Archaeological Sites of Britain and Ireland (Channel 4 Books, 2005).
  • Taylor, Tim, The Ultimate Time Team Companion: An alternative history of Britain (Macmillan, 1999).

Current Archaeology is the United Kingdoms leading archaeological magazine, which is published six times a year from London. ...

External links

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