Time Team - Season 17

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


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Episode Guide

  • Purlieus Wood, Cambridgeshire

    Rooting for the Romans

    The team travel to Bedford Purlieus Wood in Cambridgeshire, where a set of Roman building foundations has been spotted poking through the forest floor. Aerial visualisations suggest the area was home to several structures - but the experts' attempts to find out more are hampered as the diggers struggle to get to grips with the cramped woodland environment.

  • Dinmore Hill, Herefordshire
    Commanding Heights Tony Robinson and the team search for the remains of an Iron Age fort at Dinmore Hill in Herefordshire, but their investigation is hampered when the geophysicists struggle to find target sites for excavating - and heavy rain causes further difficulties. With digging temporarily suspended, the experts discuss the purpose and date of the archaeology, but disagreements soon arise.moreless
  • Litlington, Cambridgeshire
    There's a Villa here somewhere The team heads to the Cambridgeshire village of Litlington to search for the remains of what was rumoured to be one of Britain's biggest Roman villas. However, the initial digging site yields little useful evidence, forcing the archaeologists to ask for permission to excavate local residents' gardens, while a team of diggers tackles trees and undergrowth in a nearby copse.moreless
  • Norman Cross, Cambridgeshire
    Death And Dominoes - The First Prisoner Of War Camp Tony Robinson and the archaeologists excavate the site of the world's first purpose-built prisoner of war camp, which was constructed to incarcerate 7,000 of Napoleon's troops in 1797 at Norman Cross in Cambridgeshire. The team is particularly interested in locating the cemetery, where more than 2,000 inmates were buried after dying from diseases contracted in the camp - and their search leads them to discover just how brutal prisoners' lives could be.moreless
  • Portsmouth, Hampshire
    Governor's Green The team head to Governor's Green in Portsmouth, where they search for the site of a 13th-century hospital founded by monks. Although part of the building still stands, the whereabouts of the rest of it remain shrouded in mystery - and initial evidence from the trenches makes the task even more confusing, leading to a clash between the diggers and the surveyors.moreless
  • Burford, Oxfordshire
    Priory Engagement

    The Team was invited to investigate the history of the site by the owner of the house, who allowed unprecedented access to the building and surrounding grounds. The main aim of the excavations was to find evidence for the medieval hospital believed to have stood on the site of the Priory, and to set the features found into their local social and topographic context, relating them to the origins, development and expansion of the medieval Saxon town.moreless
  • Tregruk Castle, South Wales.
    Something for the Weekend
    The team are invited to dig at one of the largest Medieval Castles in the British Isles. 700 years ago, the area was one of the most turbulent in Britain. The Welsh Marches, a militarized zone ruled over by the Marcher lords, powerful English Barons who built a network of impregnable castles to keep the Welsh natives in check.moreless
  • Cunetio, Wiltshire
    Cunetio, Wiltshire
    Episode 6
    Potted History The team journey to the heart of Wiltshire to investigate Cunetio, an entire lost Roman town. Over three days the Team is pushed to the limit by their most ambitious project to date and, of course, the weather.
  • Hopton Castle, Shropshire
    The massacre in the cellar The team head to Shropshire to a castle that was one of the key battle grounds during the English Civil War. The castle itself was laid siege in 1644 by a force of Royalists who were trying to get to a small group of Parliamentarians taking refuge inside. The Team uncover evidence of three fierce battles and search for the final resting place of the massacred defenders.moreless
  • Sutton Courtney, Oxfordshire
    In the halls of a Saxon King 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?
  • Piercebridge, County Durham
    Bridge over the River Tees The team get their feet wet as they examine a stretch of the River Tees where over the past few years divers have discovered more than 2,000 high quality Roman finds, mainly because the river flows directly past one of northern Britain's biggest Roman forts. With part of the site beneath the water some of the archaeologists have to squeeze into wet suits and brave the fast flowing river.moreless
  • Tobermory, Mull
    Tobermory, Mull
    Episode 2
    A Saintly Site The team head to the beautiful Scottish island of Mull after getting the call from two keen local amateur "diggers" about some strange Earthworks in the forest that lies on the outskirts of the town of Tobermory. Could this be the site of one of the earliest Scottish chapels set up by Saint Columba, the Irishman who helped spread the word of Christianity throughout the northern reaches of Britain?moreless
  • Westminster, London
    Corridors of Power Westminster Abbey is one of Britain's most iconic sites. 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.
  • TT Special 45 The Real Vikings

    Three centuries of Viking occupation left an indelible print on the British Isles. Their legacy has shaped the Britain we live in today and the Vikings have had a huge influence on our culture; from the way we live to the words we use.

    The Vikings are notoriously known as fearsome, axe-wielding warriors who relished their reputation as bloodthirsty invaders, and the discovery of mutilated skeletons in this Time Team Special does little to alter this reputation. However, they were also successful global traders, technological pioneers and world-wide mariners.

    The Team report from excavations across the country, from Orkney to the south coast, but it is in Hungate, York that the biggest discoveries are made. This huge dig uncovers the thousand-year-old Viking remains of streets, houses and a trading centre.

  • TT Special 44 Westminster Abbey, London

    The Secrets Of Westminster Abbey

    Tony and the Team go behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey to explore the story of the Cosmati pavement: the mosaic floor being uncovered for the first time in 100 years. Also known as 'The House of Kings', Westminster Abbey has stood at the heart of the nation for nearly 1,000 years, surviving the Civil War and Reformation. While visitors marvel at the royal paraphernalia and the majesty of the architecture, it remains at the core of the Establishment, and still plays host to the Coronation. For a century, the Cosmati pavement - a huge, mystical mosaic floor in front of the altar at the centre of which the Coronation Chair is placed - has been covered by carpet. Now Time Team cameras are allowed unprecedented access behind the scenes at the Abbey as this extraordinary piece of living history is revealed. As well as exploring the story of the Cosmati pavement, the Team also have access to a night-time search under the floors for lost tombs and graves, a shrine that still attracts pilgrims after 800 years and the 1,000-year-old faked documents that gave the Abbey the right to host the Coronation in the first place.

  • TT Special 43 Royal Hospital, Haslar, Gosport

    Nelson's Hospital

    In the 18th century the Royal Navy was the most successful fighting force in the world. To maintain this status it desperately needed better ways of looking after its sick and wounded, so in 1746 it decided to build the best hospital the country had ever seen, near the Portsmouth dockyard at Haslar. Between 1757 and 1826, thousands of seamen and marines of the Royal Navy are believed to have been buried in a Navy-designed cemetery in a field beside the hospital. Exactly how and where they were buried is not known and, as part of the closure programme, the cemetery has to be excavated, to find out where the burials are and how many there might be.

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