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A popular archaeological television programme broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, the programme started life as Time Signs back in 1991. Produced and directed by Time Team series producer Tim Taylor, they were presented by Mick Aston. Aston also suggested Phil Harding to do some reconstruction archaeology.

Aston had previously discussed the idea of devising such a programme with Tony Robinson. So a pilot Time Team programme was made in October 1992, Robinson presented it, at Aston's suggestion. The pilot programme was never screened, but the idea was good enough to persuade Channel 4 to commission a four-programme series of Time Team, which was filmed in 1993 and broadcast the following year.

Set in variable locations (ranging from the Scottish Highlands to Maryland, USA), the team are given a task to complete within three days, from finding out the position and size of a Roman Villa to the reason why someone built a whacking great woodhenge by the sea. Although the majority of the research and the recording of artifacts takes place outside of the three day period, what is seen in the final programme takes place within that time span. Generally, the programmes are filmed in the summer to be broadcast in the following winter.

Sometimes Time Teams' excavations are part of an ongoing archaeological project or what the team uncovers may lead to further excavation work. However, usually, Time Team carries out 'one-off' digs, often on sites where funding is not available for other, longer excavations.

The Time Team producers have also collaborated with Bristol University to produce a MA course in Archaeology for Screen Media to enable students to gain practical experience in the development and production of archaeological television programmes. Generally, the students work on the production of at least one Time Team shoot over their course and also work out of both the Archaeology department and the Time Team offices (which are located in Bristol).

Main Team Members (specialities / roles in brackets)

  • Tony Robinson (presenter)
  • Mick Aston (educational archaeology)
  • Stewart Ainsworth (surveyor, "archaeology above ground")
  • Victor Ambrus (illustrator)
  • Robin Bush (historical researcher)
  • Jenni Butterworth (researcher, digger)
  • Dr Henry Chapman (geophysics, surveyor)
  • Chris Gaffney (geophysics)
  • John Gater (archaeological geophysics)
  • Phil Harding (field archaeology, reconstructive archaeology)
  • Katie Hirst (digger, post-excavation work)
  • Carenza Lewis (medieval landscape)
  • Bernard Thomason (architectural surveyor and illustrator, ariel photography interpretation)
  • Mick "the dig" Worthington (digger and now (due to illness) occasional dendrochronology)
  • Alice Roberts (anatomical archaeology)
  • Tim Taylor (producer and director)

    Current full programme listing (with dates of first broadcast on Channel Four, UK)

    Time Signs

      The Deserted Valley, 30 June 1991
      The Lost Village, 7 July 1991
      The Turning Wheel, 14 July 1991
      The Final Harvest, 21 July 1991
    Time Team Pilot Programme

    Time Team Series I

    Time Team Series II

      Finlaggan, Islay, 8 January 1995
      Winterbourne Gunner, Wiltshire, 15 January 1995
      Tockenham, Wiltshire, 22 January 1995
      Lambeth Palace, London, 29 January
      Hylton, Sunderland, 5 February 1995
    Time Team Series III

      Boleigh, Cornwall, 7 January 1996
      Stanton Harcourt, Oxon, 14 January 1996
      Templecombe, Somerset, 21 January 1996
      Teignmouth, Devon, 28 January 1996
      Navan, County Armagh, 4 February 1996
      Preston St Mary, Suffolk, 11 February 1996
    Time Team Series IV

      Maryland, USA, 5 January 1997
      Launceston, Cornwall, 12 January 1997
      Birmingham, 19 January 1997
      Govan, Glasgow, 26 January 1997
      Malton, North Yorkshire, 2 February 1997
      Netheravon, Wiltshire, 9 February 1997
    Time Team Live 1997

    Time Team Series V

      Xmas Special, 28 December 1997
      Richmond, Surrey, 4 January 1998
      Greylake, Somerset, 11 January 1998
      Orkney, Scotland, 18 January 1998
      Turkdean, Gloucestershire, 25 January 1998
      Mallorca, Spain, 1 February 1998
      Aston Eyre, Shropshire, 8 February 1998
      Downpatrick, County Down, 22 February 1998
      High Worsall, North Yorkshire, 1 March 1998
    Time Team Live 1998

      Bawsey, Norfolk, 29-31 August 1998
    History Hunters

      Crystal Palace, 21 November 1998
      Blackpool, 28 November 1998
      Nottingham, 5 December 1998
      Coventry, 12 December 1998
      Border Rievers, 19 December 1998
      Burton Abbey, 2 January 1999
      Marshfield, 9 January 1999
    Time Team Series VI

      Burslem, Stoke on Trent, 3 January 1999
      Papcastle, Cumbria, 10 January 1999
      Thetford, Norfolk, 17 January 1999
      Cheddar, Somerset, 24 January 1999
      Plympton, Devon, 31 January 1999
      Smallhythe, Kent, 7 February 1999
      Beauport Park, Sussex, 14 February 1999
      Reedham, Norfolk, 21 February 1999
      Turkdean, Gloucestershire, 28 February 1999
      Kemerton, Worcestershire, 7 March 1999
      Bawsey, Norfolk, 14 March 1999
      Nevis, West Indies, 21 March 1999
      Nevis, West Indies, 28 March 1999
    Time Team Live 1999

      York, 3-5 September 1999
    Time Team Series VII

      Xmas Special, 19 December 1999
      'Seahenge', Norfolk, documentary special, 29 December 1999
      Denia, Spain, 2 January 2000
      Cirencester, Gloucestershire, 9 January 2000
      Wierre Effroy, France, 16 January 2000
      Waddon, Dorset, 23 January 2000
      Birdoswald, Cumbria, 30 January 2000
      Elveden, Suffolk, 6 February 2000
      Coventry, West Midlands, 13 February 2000
      Basing, Hampshire, 20 February 2000
      Flag Fen, Cambridgeshire, 27 February 2000
      Sutton, Hereford, 5 March 2000
      Greenwich, London, 12 March 2000
      Hartlepool, Durham, 19 March 2000
      York, 26 March 2000
    Time Team Live 2000

    Time Team Series VIII

      The Real King Arthur, 24 December 2000
      The Time Team History of Britain, 27 December 2000
      The Mystery of Mine Howe, 27 December 2000
      An Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Lincs, 7 January 2001
      Behind the Scenes at Time Team, 7 January 2001
      The Man Who Bought a Castle, Alderton, Northants, 14 January 2001
      The Celtic Spring, Llygadwy, Wales, 21 January 2001
      Waltham Villa, Gloucestershire, 28 January 2001
      The 'Lost Viaduct', Blaenafon, south Wales, 4 February 2001
      A Palace Sold for Scrap, Rycote, Oxfordshire, 11 February 2001
      An Iron-Age Roundhouse on Salisbury Plain, 18 February 2001
      The Inter-City Villa, Basildon, Berkshire, 25 February 2001
      The Bone Cave, Alveston, Gloucestershire: Special, 1 March 2001
      Holy Island, 4 March 2001
      Coventry's Lost Cathedral: Special return report, 8 March 2001
      The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 11 March 2001
      Three Tales of Canterbury, 18 March 2001
      The Leper Hospital, Winchester, 25 March 2001
      The Island of the Eels, Digging deep into old Ely, 17 May 2001
    Time Team Series IX

      Dinosaurs, Montana, 23 December 2001
      London's first bridge, Vauxhall, 6 January 2002
      The Romans panic, Lincolnshire, 13 January 2002
      Diving for the Armada, Kinlochbervie, 20 January 2002
      The naughty monastery, Chicksands, 27 January 2002
      The furnace in the cellar, Ironbridge, 3 February 2002
      An Ermine Street pub, Cheshunt, 10 February 2002
      Iron-Age market, Helford, 17 February 2002
      Siege house in Shropshire, 24 February 2002
      A prehistoric airfield, Throckmorton, 3 March 2002
      A lost Roman city, Castleford, 10 March 2002
      Every castle needs a lord, Warwickshire, 17 March 2002
      Steptoe et filius, Isle of Wight, 24 March 2002
      Seven buckets and a buckle, 31 March 2002
      The Big Dig in Canterbury, 15 April 2002
      Londinium, Edge of Empire, 22 April 2002
    Time Team Specials 2002

      The Big Dig in Canterbury, 15 April 2002
      Londinium, Edge of Empire, 22 April 2002
      The wreck of the Colossus, 31 October 2002
    Time Team Digs

      The Bronze Age, 1 November 2002
      The Iron Age, 8 November 2002
      The early Romans, 15 November 2002
      Roman Britain, 22 November 2002
      The Dark Ages, 29 November 2002
      Medieval England, 6 December 2002
      The Modern Era, 13 December 2002
      The Norman Conquest, 27 December 2002
    10th anniversary special

      Ten years of Time Team, 27 December 2002
    Time Team Series X

      Garden secrets, Raunds, Northants, 5 January 2003
      Mosaics, mosaics, mosaics, Dinnington, 12 January 2003
      Peak District practices, Carsington, Derbyshire, 19 January 2003
      The Giant's Grave, Fetlar, Shetland, 26 January 2003
      Joust dig it, Greenwich, London, 2 February 2003
      Digging Liberty, Merton, south London, 9 February 2003
      Death in a Crescent, Bath, 16 February 2003
      Back to our roots, Athelney, 23 February 2003
      Looking for the White House, Kew Gardens, 2 March 2003
      Rescuing the dead, Leven, Fife, 9 March 2003
      Not a blot on the landscape, Castle Howard, Yorkshire, 16 March 2003
      A view to a kiln, Sedgefield, 23 March 2003
      Jailhouse rocks, Appleby, Cumbria, 30 March 2003
    Time Team Special

    Time Team Big Dig

      Time Team Big Dig, 22-28 June 2003
      Time Team Big Dig Special, 29 December 2003
    Time Team Series XI

      Syon House, 4 January 2004
      Whitestaunton, 11 January 2004
      Loch Migdale, 18 January 2004
      South Carlton, 25 January 2004
      Syndale, 1 February 2004
      Green Island, 8 February 2004
      Oakamoor, 15 February 2004
      Goldcliff, 22 February 2004
      Wittenham, 29 February 2004
      Nassington, 7 March 2004
      Ipswich, 14 March 2004
      Roxburgh, 21 March 2004
      Cranborne Chase, 28 March 2004
    Time Team Specials

      Sheffield, Steel City, 22 March 2004
      The house in the loch, 19 April 2004
      Ightham Mote, 3 May 2004
      D-Day, Normandy, 31 May 2004


    Node UPDATED!! 21-August-2004

    All information taken from the only site I could find on Time Team : http://www.channel4.com/history/timeteam/index.html
    If anyone knows the production credits or any other websites relating to the programme,
    please /msg me and I'll edit this writeup with credit to you. Thanks!

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