Time Team - Season 10

Sunday 5:45 PM on Channel 4 Premiered Jan 16, 1994 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Appleby, Cumbria
    Appleby, Cumbria
    Episode 13
    Jailhouse Rocks. From the late 1700s onwards, Britain went through a period of great social reform as changing attitudes led to many alterations to the country's legal and social systems. One of the areas of change was how society dealt with crime and punishment. Today, Appleby police station stands on the site of the original 1771 gaol house and court in the town, which were built to serve the now defunct county of Westmoreland. The fact that the gaol house was constructed and developed during this period of reform meant that many of the new social attitudes were reflected in the design of the building. In this new age of crime and punishment, men and women prisoners were separated; executions were held privately, instead of in public places; prisoners had their own cells, rather than being kept in large, communal ones; and a regime of repetitive, mindless tasks was imposed to break the will of the inmates.moreless
  • Sedgefield, County Durham
    A View to a Kiln Prior to Time Team's visit, metal detectorist Alan Luton had found more than 100 Roman artefacts in fields around Sedgefield – a place where no Roman evidence had previously been recorded. Aerial photographs also indicated lots of interesting crop marks, which looked complicated and could represent any number of possible remains. Time Team was invited to try to find some answers.moreless
  • Castle Howard, Yorkshire
    Not a Blot on the Landscape. In the Domesday Book, commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1085, a settlement called 'Hildreschelf' is recorded in Yorkshire in the same location where the massive stately home of Castle Howard stands today. Castle Howard was built in the early 1700s by the third Earl of Carlisle, Charles Howard. Its construction involved huge expense – including the demolition of the entire village of Henderskelf, which got in the way of the views from the planned new mansion. Time Team was called in to see if it could find any trace of the early settlement remaining today.moreless
  • Leven, Fife
    Leven, Fife
    Episode 10
    Rescuing the Dead.

    The discovery of a rare Bronze Age cemetery prompts the Team to take on a rescue-archaeology mission in Fife, before the development covers the site.
  • Kew Gardens, London
    Looking for the White House. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, on the banks of the river Thames in south-west London, is more often thought of in connection with exotic plants and landscaped parkland than archaeological remains. With some 40 listed buildings and two scheduled ancient monuments on this 325-acre site, however, the Gardens contains a wealth of historic architecture and landscape. The foundations of two royal palaces also lie under the green parkland at Kew, and the scope for fresh archaeological investigation has been extended as a result of the government's nomination of Kew for World Heritage Site status in 2002.moreless
  • Athelney, Somerset
    Athelney, Somerset
    Episode 8
    Back to our Roots. At Athelney, in Somerset, Time Team revisits the site of one of its first programmes, filmed ten years previously in 1993. Back then, the Team was not allowed to dig within the area of the scheduled ancient monument. So the resulting programme,the first Time Team ever screened, is distinguished by the fact that, 100 regular programmes later, it is still the only one that doesn't feature any trenches.moreless
  • Bath, Somerset
    Bath, Somerset
    Episode 7
    Death in a Crescent. The beautiful city of Bath, in Somerset, is well known for its history and fine architecture, symbolised by the stunning Roman baths complex that used the natural hot springs on which the city's prosperity was founded. On the northern edge of the modern city centre, meanwhile, stands the glorious Royal Crescent – one of the most prestigious addresses in the West Country.moreless
  • Merton, South London
    Digging Liberty. Today Merton Abbey Mills, on the banks of the River Wandle in south London, is a bustling craft market, which draws its name from the huge, dominating abbey that once stood on the site. Time Team, however, did not come to Merton to investigate monks and ecclesiastical buildings. Merton was also a base for Arthur Liberty, founder of the famous Liberty's shops and one of the most influential and eminent Victorians in the Arts and Crafts movement.moreless
  • Greenwich, London
    Greenwich, London
    Episode 5
    Joust Dig It. Five hundred years ago, Greenwich Palace in London was inherited by Henry VIII when he became king in 1509. With England having a secondary reputation among armourers in the 15th century, Henry set about building the most prestigious armour works in Europe and recruited some of the best armourers from across the continent in an attempt to rival the leading German and Italian manufacturers. Henry didn't only want to make outstanding armour. He also sought to impress both his own subjects and the rest of Europe by staging fantastic pageants at the palace, to which he invited the most powerful and influential people of the day. These pageants included jousts and tournaments, which took place in a specially constructed 'tiltyard' overlooked by two huge towers for the spectators.moreless
  • Fetlar, Shetland
    Fetlar, Shetland
    Episode 4
    The Giant's Grave. After discovering pieces of Viking soapstone vessels in their vegetable patch, Nick and Lynn Boxall, owners of Fetlar General Stores, thought it might be worth calling in Time Team. As well as being attracted by the possibility of finding a Viking settlement, the Team was also intrigued by some of Fetlar's fascinating earthworks and rocky outcrops.moreless
  • Carsington, Derbyshire
    Peak District Practices. Caving isn't just about wriggling through holes underground. Experienced cavers also dig out caves that have become silted up. This very dangerous activity caused the Pegasus Caving Club to contact their county coroner following the discovery of ancient human and animal remains in a cave at Carsington, in Derbyshire. They also contacted their local archaeologist, Dave Barrett, who put the cavers in touch with Andrew Chamberlain from Sheffield University. The next step was to involve Time Team.moreless
  • Dinnington, Somerset
    Mosaics, mosaics, mosaics. Following the discovery of a fine Roman mosaic by a local builder in nearby Lopen a farmer's daughter in Dinnington decided to have a look in her father's fields. She found fragments of mosaic of an even better quality. She called Time Team and asked it to solve the mystery of Somerset's lost Roman villas.moreless
  • Raunds, Northamptonshire
    Under the Fishpond

    The team meets Morris and Pat Jones who, when digging a small pond in their Northamptonshire garden, unearthed a skeleton (nicknamed Henry by Pat) - laid out with a knife, ceremonial pottery and a valuable buckle. It was clearly Saxon.

    Maurice and Pat called in Time Team to answer their many questions. Could they have a whole cemetery in the garden? Who might be buried there? The team of excavators and experts move into the Jones' garden for just three days to discover as much as they can about the mysteries that lie beneath it.moreless
  • TT Special 18 The hole story, Leicestershire

    Over the summer of 2003 Channel 4 ran the Time Team Big Dig. With over 10,000 participants all over the country excavating test pits each one metre square by fifty centimetres deep, and there were lots of great stories.

    Most of these pits were in private gardens and the project stirred up controversies about approaches to public archaeology. Find out what went on over the summer at some of the digs featured in this Christmas Special.

  • Great Easton, Leicestershire
    The Big Dig
  • TT Special 17 Gresham Street, London

    Hadrian's Well

    While digging a huge site in the middle of London, archaeologists uncovered two extraordinary Roman cisterns. At the bottom of each lay the remains of a complex mechanism for drawing water out from these five metre-deep containers.

    Tony, Mick and the Time Team are joining up with engineers, technologists and historians in an attempt to reconstruct one of these unique machines - and, in the process, discover how they worked and what they were for.

    Gradually the oak and iron components are pieced together, but whether the machine will actually work when all the parts are assembled is anyone's guess. The road to eventual success turns out to be quite a rocky one and, as the deadline looms ever nearer, it's not just the ropes that end up getting frayed...