Time Team Digs
1 Series, 8 Episodes
More4 aired a night of programmes in memory of Time Team's archaeological director and one of the top archaeologists in the country, Professor Mick Aston, who died on 24 June 2013.
In 1997 Steve and Pru Barlow were visiting Upton Castle, a 13th century site in Pembrokeshire, most well known for its formal gardens. This proved to be a fateful visit...
Northwood Prep School in Hertfordshire is currently the site of a school for boys, housed in the restored buildings of an 18th century model farm.
Dundrum Castle is one of the most picturesque monuments in Northern Ireland.
In 1962 a farmer ploughing a field near Abingdon in Oxfordshire hit something hard...
Oakham 'Castle' in Rutland, Leicestershire is the best-preserved example of a 12th century hall in Britain.
Coniston Copper Mines in the beautiful Lake District National Park were in operation for almost 400 years.
Barrow Clump is all that remains of a group of Bronze Age barrows near Figeldean, Wiltshire.
Henham Park in Suffolk is owned by Hektor Rous, direct descendent of the Earls of Stradbroke. Hektor, an Australian by birth, came to run Henham when his father, a sheep farmer, was found to be the only living relative of the Rous family.
Hillforts are thought of as defensive structures as well as symbols of power, prestige and community.
These forts on the North Norfolk coast faced the Germanic kingdoms of Europe, who posed an ever growing threat to the rapidly fragmenting Roman Empire.
In March 1955 two brothers, Farnham and Sturdee Irish, bought Fordscroft Farm. For three generations we have driven past the prominent landmark of Castle Hill which is at the entrance to the farm with no idea of its history other than local folklore.
First suggested by the Somerset County Archaeologist Bob Croft, our development staff had visited Castle Hill only to be rebuffed by... badgers...!
The landowners, the Irish family, had discovered several pieces of pottery dug out of animal burrows, and local legends held that a Norman conquest castle existed at the site.
As Phil handed me what looked like a small oval-shaped black stone I remember thinking 'I bet this is just a small oval-shaped black stone!' As I rubbed the wet soil off the surface of the object in the palm of my hand I was stunned...
Today, Kenfig is a complex of sand dunes, home to a variety of wildlife. The only signs that a town ever existed here are the faint earthworks across the site and 'Kenfig Castle', the remains of which poke out of the dunes.
The sand dunes and wetland habitats at Kenfig are some of the most important in Europe. Visitors come from all over the UK to marvel at the rare orchids, special insects, endangered plants and vagrant birds.
800 years ago the very sand we were planning to dig through had spelt doom for the wealthy defended town of Kenfig...
The initial development visit to the Earls Colne site did not fail to impress. Paul Whights beautiful home is an extraordinary Tudor style manor house with rolling grounds, which Paul is hard at work remodelling.
I found the Earl's Colne programme really stimulating. I don't know Essex very well but my visits there lately suggest that it is a really interesting county...
Earls Colnes owner Paul Whight invited Time Team to investigate the Priory built by the De Veres, and known to be in the back garden of his grand country home.
The City of Swansea was known as 'Copperopolis' in the 18th and 19th centuries and is one of the earliest industrial centres of Wale
Time Team had been invited by Swansea City, County Council and the Royal Commission for Wales to answer some long-standing questions surrounding the Copperopolis site.
Northumbria abounds with monasteries, Anglo-Saxon sculpture and sites associated with Cuthbert and other saints. St Ebba was a female saint, said to have been the sister of the Northumbrian kings Oswald and Oswi, who lived in the seventh century.
In the case of St Ebbas our work needed to continue what had been carried out in the past. This included some antiquarian investigation in 1853 by a Mr Hodgson Hinde
English Heritage has been monitoring this coastal site for some time as evidence suggested that the delicate archaeology was under threat of erosion. Could Time Team provide vital information for its protection into the future?
We invited Time Team to come to Newmarket to answer an apparently simple question: are we going to be building the new National Horseracing Museum literally on the foundations of the first racing stables in the UK?
How many punters attending the races know that below Newmarkets streets are the very buildings that started it all when King Charles II built some stables and a palace to indulge in one of his favourite pass times?
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket queried whether we would help them answer some questions about the origins of horse racing in the town? The answer was yes, yes we would.
The Maison Dieu and Greyfriars are close to the edge of the fastest eroding coastline in the UK and as such have been identified as "heritage at risk" sites on the national Heritage at Risk register.
Over the last 15 years, archaeological research has been revolutionised by the wide-spread introduction of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the use of geo-physical surveying and remote sensing for discovering and mapping archaeological features.
Today, Dunwich is a relatively small settlement with a museum and a very good pub. 500 years ago it was a bustling port and one of the most important religious centres in the country.
Dunwich, on the Suffolk coast, was an epicentre of wealth and religious influence. Slowly, over several hundred years, the town was abandoned... Why?
At its heart Time Team has always been about the archaeology of ordinary people. For many on Time Team, Bitterley felt a bit like going back to our roots. W
It was just a whim really - one of those things a good school does with children without expecting any reply.
Time Team's work at Bitterley represents a way of investigating archaeology that goes back to the origins of the programme.
It may not seem like the most interesting of subjects, but at Gateholm the challenge of getting team members and equipment across to the remote island was at the very forefront of our thoughts for the entire production process.
We often face a number of challenges on Time Team - each site is different, but Gateholm has to rank as one of the most difficult sites we ever had to work on.
Claudine Gerrard, Consultant Archaeologist for the National Trust in South Wales, recalls a recent successful collaboration with Time Team in Pembrokeshire.