Time Team - Season 12

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


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Episode Guide

  • Hanslope, Milton Keynes
    Animal Farm.
    An unusual horse curb bit, carved stonework, a huge quantity of 11th to 13th-century pottery and some high-status finds brought Time Team on a hunt for a Norman house or hunting lodge in this former royal forest. But it wasn't long before the stone walls and foundations, which had originally been thought to support a two-storey building, began to look rather less impressive. Gradually, as the forensic trowels of the diggers went to work, the structure started to shrink in every direction.moreless
  • South Shields, Tyneside
    Tower Blocks and Togas. South Shields is well known for the Roman fort of Arbeia at the end of Hadrian's Wall. A few tombstones and burials have been found here in the past hundred years, but these account for only a small fraction of the legionaries and others who must have been buried on this site. Somewhere there must be a large Roman military cemetery – or cemeteries. Unfortunately, the most likely location for any burial ground is under a large 1960s housing estate. So, for this programme Time Team had to investigate every spare piece of open space; seek out the scraps of undisturbed stratigraphy among developments both Victorian and modern; dig in the gaps between services; take a look under the occasional pavement; and enlist as much local help as possible, young and old, in the hunt for the site. It was three days of head-scratching mayhem before the answer emerged.moreless
  • Skipsea, Humberside
    Skipsea, Humberside
    Episode 11
    Norman Neighbours. For years Time Team fan Frances Davies, of Skipsea, Humberside, has been collecting finds from the field outside her back door. They include Neolithic flint implements, Saxon remains and even the odd piece of Roman pot. But the best – and the most numerous – are medieval pottery finds dating from the time of the Norman Conquest.moreless
  • South Perrott, Dorset
    The Puzzle of Pickett's Farm. A series of finds by metal detectorists of Roman brooches and small-denomination Roman coins in a hilltop field near South Perrott, in Dorset, resulted in Time Team being called in by the landowner. Further encouraged by what, at first sight, had appeared to be fragments of Roman tile and other building material, the Team assembled its best Roman experts in the expectation that they were most likely looking at the site of a Roman temple. It didn't take the experts long, however, to start pouring cold water on this theory. The tile and other building material turned out not to be Roman after all; the pottery discovered during field walking was all medieval; and although additional Roman coins were uncovered as the trenches went in, there was no sign of any buildings, Roman or otherwise. But something had been going on in this field. What was it?moreless
  • St. Osyth, Essex
    St. Osyth, Essex
    Episode 9
    Lost Centuries of St Osyth.
    Back in the seventh century, Viking pirates sailed up a muddy Essex creek. Legend has it they captured a lonely nun who, when offered a choice between her 'modesty or her mortality', chose to die. The nun carried her severed head up the hill to her church where she collapsed. Where she lay a spring bubbled up. The nun was St Osgyth, or Osyth, the wife of the Saxon king of Essex, who chose the veil rather than consummate her marriage. The site of her death became a shrine and a busy settlement grew up.moreless
  • Wemyss, Fife
    Wemyss, Fife
    Episode 8
    Picts and Hermits: Cave Dellers of Fife. Wemyss Caves, on the shore of the Firth of Forth, have been a famous landmark for centuries. Legend has it that they were occupied by the mysterious Picts who occupied north-east Scotland, to the north of Hadrian's wall; that they were home to medieval Christian hermits; and that they were used later by Jacobean nobles. Now the caves are under serious threat from erosion: the sea is already lapping at the cliff just below the cave linemoreless
  • Standish, Gloucestershire
    Going Upmarket with the Romans.
    For some years now, local metal detectorist and amateur archaeologist Paul Bevan has been discovering large amounts of Iron-Age and Roman material on his land at Standish, in Gloucestershire. His searches of his field have yielded Roman brooches, pottery, mosaic tesserae, roof tiles and coins. In the summer of 2003, he even dug his own trench to investigate further. Unfortunately for him, he chose he hottest spell on record in England. He found what he thought was an Iron-Age surface, but the clay soil baked hard in the heat and he had to close the trench to protect the archaeology. There were more than enough finds already, though, to interest Time Team in the site. First impressions, particularly the quantity of Roman building materials and other finds, pointed to the presence of a sizeable villa somewhere nearby.moreless
  • Grace Dieu, Hampshire
    In search of Henry V's Flagship.
    Under the murky, fast-flowing waters of the River Hamble, in Hampshire, lies the skeleton of a great medieval warship. Experts believe it to be the Grace Dieu, Henry V's flagship, which was the biggest ship of its day. Indeed, no bigger ship was to be built for 200 years.moreless
  • Northborough, Peterborough
    A Neolithic Cathedral? Huge circular cropmarks, visible only from the air, mark the existence of some intriguing archaeological remains in a field near Peterborough, on the edge of the Fens. Archaeologists believe the two concentric circles are what they call a causewayed enclosure, dating from the Neolithic era.
  • Drumlanrig, Dumfries
    Fighting on the Frontier. Twenty years ago, during a particularly dry summer, parch marks revealed what seemed to be a huge Roman fort a few hundred metres from the Duke of Buccleuch's extraordinarily grand house, Drumlanrig Castle, in Dumfries. The discovery lay untouched until Time Team took on the challenge to investigate it further.moreless
  • Preston, Lancashire
    The Bombers in the Marsh
    On 29 November 1944, two Douglas A-26 Invader US bomber planes crashed into Warton Marsh, eight miles from Preston, in Lancashire. Both planes, along with a number of others, had left Warton Airbase in formation, en route to join forces in the preparations for the Battle of the Bulge, which took place from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. Only one minute off the runway and 1,000 feet into the air, the aircraft collided and came to rest in the marsh. All the crew died. Their bodies were recovered from the planes, but an investigation into the causes of the crash was inconclusive.moreless
  • Nether Poppleton, Yorkshire
    The Monastery and the Mansion.
    The local residents were itching to know more about the place where they live. Mysterious earthworks cover a field around their church and the locals have bought the land to protect it from development. But what do these earthworks represent? Most of the houses in Nether Poppleton date from the 18th century or later, and yet the village seems to follow a standard planned medieval layout common throughout Yorkshire. There is also a reference in the Domesday Book to the village as the land of St Everilda. Did this Anglo-Saxon saint have her nunnery here? Using the enthusiasm of the village residents to the full, on the first day Time Team recruited 50 of them to dig test pits in their own gardens, while Phil Harding and his team tackled the site around the church. In the light of the reference to St Everilda, the Team – and Mick Aston in particular – was especially interested in whether the Norman church was built on the site of an earlier Anglo-Saxon building. Was the village originally Saxon, Norman or medieval? With Time Team's help, the people of Poppleton were on a mission to find out for themselves.moreless
  • Chenies Manor, Buckinghamshire
    The Manor That's Back-To-Front.
    In around 1530, Henry's visit to the medieval manor prompted a major upgrade of the buildings. A 1585 inventory lists a whole range of rooms and buildings fit for a king. But many of these rooms seem to have disappeared and the surviving building simply isn't large enough to accommodate the king and his entourage, which would have numbered up to 1,000 people.moreless
  • TT Special 26 Durrington Walls, Wiltshire

    Britain's Biggest henge

    Tony Robinson and the team investigate finds at Durrington Walls, Wiltshire, and consider what they reveal about Stone Age life. Among the discoveries are a Neolithic road which leads to Stonehenge and is believed to be the route of traditional burial ceremonies. Also examined is an arrangement of 160 trees in perfect circles, which may have provided a setting for traditional feasts.

  • The Big Roman Dig
    From 26th June to 16th July Time Team are to do their most ambitious exploration of Roman Britain. It won't be one fort, villa or city, but the whole country.
  • TT Special 25 Washingborough, Lincolnshire

    Life on the Edge 1,000 years BC

    Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Francis Pryor pay a visit to the unearthing of an important Bronze Age settlement on the banks of the River Witham, just outside Lincoln. With plans under way to strengthen flood defences, the site itself will soon be buried once again, leaving archaeologists with only six weeks to salvage as much as possible. The programme examines some of the thousands of finds and reveals evidence of strange burial practices.

  • TT Special 24 Colchester, Essex

    The Lost Roman Circus

    After three years of painstaking work just outside Colchester's Roman walls, archaeologists knew they had found something unusual. Around the parallel walls that had enclosed a huge structure they discovered hundreds of burials, some containing charioteer coins and others piles of horse jawbones.

    Gradually the archaeologists pieced together the evidence to discover that they had uncovered the only Roman circus ever found in Britain and one of only a handful in northern Europe.

  • TT Special 23 Prittlewell Southend, Essex

    The King of Bling

    A chance discovery by archaeologists in Southend reveals an Anglo-Saxon tomb crammed with such impressive gold artefacts that the tabloids dubbed the occupant 'the King of Bling'.

    It's a burial fit for a king, but who could it be? Time Team follows the investigation into one of the most important discoveries in recent times as archaeologists from the Museum of London and specialists from across the world search for clues in the spectacular grave goods.