Time Team - Season 15

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


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Episode Guide

  • Portskewett, South Wales.
    Hunting King Harold The team head to the village of Portskewett in South Wales to investigate a field which is intriguingly named Harold's Field. Local legend has it that King Harold built a hunting lodge there the year before he lost the Battle of Hastings. The field is a mass of big earthworks and historical documents do record Harold building a lodge somewhere round the village of Portskewett. Within minutes of digging, the team discover that the site was not confined to just Harold and the Saxon period, having been used since late Roman times until well into the Middle Ages.moreless
  • Wickenby, Lincolnshire
    The Romans recycle Tony Robinson and his intrepid team of archaeologists head off the beaten track in Lincolnshire to discover why a metal detector enthusiast has discovered hundreds of Roman and Iron Age artefacts in a muddy field. Add to that the mysterious Roman columns strewn around the surrounding village and the team have a challenging three days to come up with some answers. As the dig progresses, the evidence mounts to suggest that the local Roman population were conscious of the need to recycle.moreless
  • Hamsterley, County Durham.
    Five thousand tonnes of stone The Time Team travel to County Durham to investigate the origins of a mysterious large stone structure which has had locals baffled for centuries. The stone structure is known locally as The Castles, its five-metre thick walls enclose a space the size of a football pitch.With guesses ranging from an Iron Age farm to a Roman prison, Tony Robinson and the team attempt to come up with a definitive answer.moreless
  • Padstow, North Cornwall
    From Constantinople to Cornwall Cornwall is probably not the first place that springs to mind when thinking about the Roman and Byzantine Empires but in a field overlooking a cove, just a mile down river from the famous Cornish village of Padstow, locals have picked up a wealth of 1,500-year-old pottery and metalwork from as far away as North Africa and Turkey. Geophysics results suggest an Iron Age village may have once been located on the site, but archaeologists think the cove may have also been a port for Mediterranean traders. The team dig for evidence which will support the theory, and after three days of work and initial difficulties, they believe they know how the site looked in its primemoreless
  • Dungannon, Northern Ireland.
    Fort of the Earls The team visit Northern Ireland to locate one of the most important sites in Anglo-Irish history. A hilltop castle above the city of Dungannon, home of the powerful O' Neill clan, was seized by English forces in 1602, setting off events that would cause unrest in the two countries for centuries to come. The same hill was a top secret British Army base for the last 50 years.moreless
  • Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire.
    Saxons on the edge Tony Robinson and his crew of intrepid excavators uncover an Anglo Saxon settlement - a rare archaeological find - in an unassuming Leicestershire field. Caught up in the anthropological excitement, the team begin a frantic search for examples of long houses, an irregular form of building that leaves few traces after demolition.moreless
  • Hunstrete, Somerset
    Keeping up with the Georgians The team descend on a field just outside Bath to investigate the remains of what could have been one of the country's grandest Georgian houses. An impressive set of stone arches is all that remains of the house built 200 years ago by local MP Sir Francis Popham, but a couple of paintings show the building in its prime.moreless
  • Greenwich, South London
    Blitzkrieg on Shooter's Hill The archaeologists arrive in the suburb of Shooters Hill, Greenwich to look for evidence of the secret bunkers, anti-tank weapons and massive flame-throwers which formed London's line of defence against a possible Nazi invasion during World War Two.
  • Coberly, Gloucestershire
    Mysteries of the Mosaic Tony Robinson and his team unearth the secrets of a Cotswolds field. Hundreds of Roman coins and bits of masonry have been found on this land but it's the chance discovery of a piece of mosaic floor that has really got the archaeologists excited. The great and the good of Roman Britain built their posh houses in the Cotswolds, a sort of ancient stockbroker belt.moreless
  • Towcester, Northamptonshire
    The Naughty Nuns of Northampton When eight-year-old Amy Coleclough buried her cat 'Paintpot' in her garden, she uncovered a massive stone wall. Her family knew that a 12th-century nunnery had once stood in the vicinity, but its exact location had remained a mystery for centuries, enter the Time Team and a story of a nunnery with a rather fruity past, which was at various times accused of witchcraft, begging and debauchery.moreless
  • Barra, Outer Hebrides.
    Bodies in the Dunes In 2005 a major storm eroded a dune next to the beach at Allasdale, Barra, exposing human remains. They were first noticed by Barra artist Moira Bard and identified as human by a local doctor, after which a team of archaeologists was called in. The site was clearly at risk from further erosion, so Historic Scotland funded an urgent rescue dig.moreless
  • Binchester, County Durham.
    Street of the Dead Tony and the team tackle a huge Roman fort in County Durham. The stronghold was part of the defence of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Hadrian's Wall. The fort has fine mosaics and preserved rooms, but the Team have just three days to find out everything they can about the 'vicus', that's the civilian settlement around the fort, vital for the smooth running of the military machine and providing for the pleasures of the men garrisoned there. However, they soon discover something even more exciting during the dig - a series of military mausoleums, the first discovery of its kind for over 150 years.moreless
  • Codnor Castle, Derbyshire
    Gold in the Moat. The crumbling ruins of Codnor Castle are a sad remnant of the imposing home of the De Grey family - knights who fought from the Crusades to Agincourt. Today Codnor Castle lies in ruins and there's almost nothing known of how it looked in its prime. As the remains above ground get an overdue renovation, the Time Team risk the dangers of hidden mine shafts in the Derbyshire coalfields to dig into the heart of a building that once dominated the landscape to trace the castle's history, and strike gold with a 600-year-old coin.moreless
  • TT Special 39 Polgardi, Hungary

    The Mystery of the Roman Treasure

    The Sevso treasure comprises of 14 fabulous Roman silver vessels, considered to be one of the most important and beautiful collections of ancient silver ever discovered. Yet instead of being the star attraction at a major museum, the treasure is believed to be currently languishing out of public view in the basement of a London auction-house. Tony Robinson untangles the complex tale traces the history of the Sevso treasure, a controversial Roman artefact comprised of 14 silver vessels, and believed to have been a part of the illicit antique trade.

  • TT Special 38 Flanders, Belgium

    The Lost WWI Dugout

    Marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, Tony Robinson joins an unprecedented archaeological expedition in search of a perfectly preserved bunker, or dugout, called the Vampir. Beneath the paralysed front in Belgium, elite tunnelling companies created a deep maze of tunnels and dugouts, which was the only safe place to hide when shelling made the surface hell above.

  • TT Special 37 Andover, Hampshire

    Swords, Skulls And Strongholds

    The Iron Age is the period of about 800 years before the Romans arrived to turn this nation of disparate tribes into a single state. No writing survives from the time; the only accounts were written by the conquering Romans. It was a crucial yet mysterious period of British history.

  • TT Special 6 Liverpool, Merseyside

    The Lost Dock Of Liverpool

    As the new European Capital of Culture rockets toward a new future, Tony and the team are given access to the largest dig in the programme's history as they scour the 42-acre site of the Paradise project in Liverpool to unearth its secrets. Interestingly, they discover that a similar state of redevelopment existed 300 years ago as the small seven-street town on a muddy pool was transformed from an industrial backwater into a world-port catapulting itself onto the international trading stage. Whilst excavating within the new buildings sites around the Pier Head, the team takes a look at the city's maritime history. Reinvention and regeneration have created a mammoth building site, the trenches of which become the team's playground for unearthing clues to Liverpool's past.

  • TT Special 35 Windsor, Berkshire

    The Real Knights Of The Round Table

    Under the Queen's private lawn at Windsor Castle lie the foundations of one of the most enigmatic - and significant - buildings in English history: the Round Table. The building was lost until Time Team excavated its remains and proved its existence. But finding the building was just the beginning of the story. Built by Edward III on the grounds of what is now the Queen's private lawn at Windsor Castle, the huge building stood for only half a century, yet was a stepping stone in Edward III's success. Robinson embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him back into the heart of medieval chivalry.

  • TT Special 34 Ainsbrook, Yorkshire

    Time Team reports on a prickly issue in the world of old artefacts whilst on a secret investigation into a possible Viking boat burial in Yorkshire. After metal detectorists make a major discovery of coins, silver and swords a small team of archaeologists set out to uncover the source of these remarkable objects.