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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 6 Summary
From the flat plains of Norfolk to the volcanic island of Nevis in the West Indies, the Time Team dig up secrets of the past, and dispell a few myths along the way. There's also a revisit to Turkdean, the Roman villa site from the live programme.
Episode 1 - Burslem, Stoke on Trent
In the late 18th century, a bright young man opened his first factory in the village of Burslem, later part of Stoke-on-Trent.
It was the fact that this young man was Josiah Wedgwood and his first factory started him on the road to creating some of the most exquisite china ever produced that led Time Team to try and find if anything remained of these early ceramic manufacturing premises.
Episode 2 - Papcastle, Cumbria
Papcastle, a small village outside Cockermouth in Cumbria, boasts a Roman fort, even though not much of it has been excavated.
But when a local resident got in touch with Time Team about some substantial stonework he had dug out of his garden, the moment had come to look beyond the fort.
What Mick and the rest of the Team found was not merely substantial, but their discoveries may also change the way we look at one aspect of Roman Britain.
Episode 3 - Thetford, Norfolk
The site of Thetford Grammar School in Norfolk may today be a place for exams and play, but in the 13th century, a large Dominican friary was here and before that, for a mere 24 years, a Norman cathedral.
Time Team try to find out if there are any traces of the cathedral left beneath the ruins of the friary and the much later school buildings, with the students helping in both the research and the trowelling.
Episode 4 - Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
The Cheddar Gorge in Somerset was created by enormous geological change over millennia. At the same time, caves were formed within the limestone walls, in which prehistoric people once sheltered.
Time Team was invited by the Marquess of Bath, owner of one side of the gorge, to investigate Cooper's Hole to see if they could find evidence of Palaeolithic human activity. The diggers were faced with one of the most arduous digs in the series' history, in mud-filled tunnels that could be crawled through only with great difficulty...
Episode 5 - Plympton, Devon
It is frequently difficult to appreciate the wealth of history around us, hidden as it is by more modern structures. This was what Time Team found in Plympton in Devon, a village that had had its heyday in the Middle Ages.
They looked in back gardens and public spaces, under stairs, in cellars and in attics for clues to the village's antiquity, but their biggest surprise came in the grounds of a nunnery!
Episode 6 - Smallhythe, Kent
Smallhythe is now a small village amid the fields of east Kent, the nearest body of water being the Reading Sewer, a drainage ditch, and its peace only disturbed by the bleating of sheep. However, in the 15th and 16th centuries, it was the site of a bustling shipbuilding industry right next to the mile-wide River Rother.
Time Team came to Smallhythe to see if they could find any traces of the medieval shipwrights who built, among other craft, Henry V's 1000-ton 'Jesus'.
Episode 7 - Beauport Park, East Sussex
Down a bridleway within a dense Sussex wood, a Roman bath house stands, with walls head-high, completely forgotten for centuries.
The retired classics teacher who found it asked Time Team to try and find the other structures that must have been part of the iron-smelting works that were established here by the Romano-British navy. But things don't exactly go to plan, complicated by flying balls as diggers try to excavate on the edge of a golf course!
Episode 8 - Reedham Marshes, Norfolk
In February 1944, two American 'Flying Fortresses' crashed into each other only a few miles from their home base, on their way back from a bombing raid over Germany.
One of the aircraft tumbled into in a marsh at Reedham in Norfolk - killing all 10 of the crew - and gradually became buried in the peat. The incident was forgotten until a group of aviation enthusiasts attempted to raise the 30-ton plane in the 1970s.
Three decades later, their leader contacted Time Team who, on their arrival, were faced with excavation techniques that were like nothing they had experienced before.
Episode 9 - Turkdean, Gloucestershire
At the end of the 1997 'live' broadcast, hundreds of viewers demanded to know more about the Roman villa site that Time Team had uncovered at Turkdean in Gloucestershire.
This year, for the first time revisiting an excavation, the Team came back to the site to see if they could make sense of the spectacular geophysics results that they had not had time to investigate during the live dig.
Suggestions of what these could mean ranged from a temple with a sacred spring to a barn, but what the Team actually found bore no relation to either of these...
Episode 10 - Kemerton, Worcestershire
Kemerton in Worcestershire is overlooked by Bredon Hill, one of the most important Iron Age hillforts in the country. Combine this geographical location with some aerial photographs of extensive cropmarks that hinted at Bronze Age settlement and you have one of the areas of Britain that has seen thousands of years of habitation and agriculture.
Following careful excavation of the delicate remains of ancient peoples that lay beneath a turnip field and the unearthing of important finds near a sewage works, Time Team was able to tell the story of this part of the West Midlands, a story that extended back many centuries.
Episode 11 - Bawsey St James, Norfolk
Time Team are joined by guests Sandi Toksvig and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. They unearth fine Saxon jewellery, a stash of Norman pottery and a medieval murder victim near Kings Lynn.
Episode 12 - Nevis, West Indies - Part 1
In the first of a two-part special, Tony Robinson leads the team into the jungle on the Caribbean island of Nevis where they recreate the former Pinney grand estate house.
Episode 13 - Nevis, West Indies - Part 2
The second part of the special from Nevis where Tony Robinson and team discover the long-lost colonial capital, Jamestown, proving conclusively that it was not destroyed by a tidal wave.
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