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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
Series 17 Summary
From delving into early Christian history at the heart of Westminster Abbey to unearthing an entire Roman town in Wiltshire, the Team's unrelenting pursuit of all things archaeological takes them the length and breadth of UK in the most exciting series to date...
Episode 1 - Westminster
Tony Robinson, Professor Mick Aston and the Team investigate their most iconic site so far - Westminster Abbey. Surrounded by the sites and sounds of Parliament Square the archaeologists have three days to pin down the location of a lost sacristy and uncover the Anglo Saxon origins of the Abbey.
Episode 2 - Mull
Time Team descend on the Isle of Mull at the invitation of two local amateur archaeologists to investigate a mysterious set of earthworks in a forest near Tobermory. Could they be the remains of a chapel from the time of St Columba?
Episode 3 - Piercebridge
Tony Robinson and the Team get their feet wet as they examine a stretch of the River Tees where local divers have found over 2000 Roman finds. With part of the site beneath the water some of Time Team's finest have to squeeze into wet suits and brave the fast flowing river.
Episode 4 - Norman Cross
Tony and the Team examine the remains of the world's first ever purpose-built prisoner of war camp, at Norman Cross in Cambridgeshire, built in 1797 to house 7,000 Napoleonic troops.
Episode 5 - Sutton Courtenay
Tony Robinson and the Team try to locate one of the rarest of archaeological sites - an Anglo Saxon royal complex. Aerial photos suggest this empty Oxfordshire field could have been the home of Royalty over a thousand years ago, but is it ever that simple?
Episode 6 - Hopton Castle
Time Team travel to the picturesque remains of Hopton Castle in Shropshire to investigate a bloody Civil War siege. The Team uncover evidence of three fierce battles and search for the final resting place of the massacred defenders.
Episode 7 - Cunetio
Time Team journey to the heart of Wiltshire for their most ambitious project to date - to investigate Cunetio, an entire lost Roman town. Over three days the Team is pushed to the limit by the shear scale of the site and, of course, the weather.
Episode 8 - Tregruk
Tony Robinson and the Team find themselves lost in the mists of a Welsh forest as they investigate the remains of Tregruk, one of the biggest castles ever built in Britain.
Episode 9 - Governor's Green
The Team visit Portsmouth to try and uncover one of the city's oldest buildings - a medieval hospital. But after three days of bone-chilling weather and confusing archaeology can the Team work out what stood on Governors Green over 500 years ago?
Episode 10 - Burford
The Team descend upon the picture postcard perfect Oxfordshire town of Burford to respond to very special challenge - from Time Team's own Professor Mick Aston. They have just three days to uncover a medieval hospital under the front lawn whilst searching for Anglo Saxons in the vegetable garden.
Episode 11 - Litlington
A quiet Cambridgeshire village gets the full Time Team treatment as Tony and the digging team hunt for the missing remains of what is believed to be one of Britain's biggest Roman villas.
Episode 12 - Dinmore Hill
Tony and the Team climb a remote Herefordshire hill to investigate one of the biggest prehistoric sites ever featured on Time Team. Was Dinmore Hill the site of a vast Iron Age hill fort?
Episode 13 - Rooting for the Romans
An eagle-eyed forest ranger spotted bits of Roman building poking out from the forest floor in Cambridgeshire's Bedford Purlieus Wood.
And cutting-edge aerial visualisations reveal evidence of a complex of building foundations hidden in the woods. Tony and the Team investigate what these buildings were and why they were here.
It's a straightforward question, but the dig is one of the most challenging of the series: it's almost impossible for geophysics to operate in the cramped woodland environment; the diggers can't see each other's trenches for the trees; and a thick layer of autumn leaves add to the general disorientation.
But the Team manage to uncover substantial buildings, intricate finds and what looks suspiciously like a statue. Over three days they piece together a tale of Roman industry and trade, and what may be the key to understanding the site: the presence of a fancy bath-house.
Time Team synopsis
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 importanceEpisode Guide >