Time Team - Season 9

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


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Episode Guide

  • The New Forest, Hampshire
    Seven Buckets and a Buckle. In the middle of a field, somewhere in Hampshire, is a barrow, or burial mound, now almost flattened by centuries of ploughing. A number of Saxon graves had been identified, probably forming part of a cemetery serving the scattered Dark Age settlements in the area, and the surrounding landscape is full of features dating from pre-Roman times through to the present day. Unfortunately the site has been subject to major activity by unscrupulous metal detectorists. Time Team’s objective, then, to find out as much as possible about the cemetery before the archaeological evidence destroyed. The Team also worked to place the cemetery in its wider context as part of the Anglo-Saxon landscape, looking at how people lived at this time, their beliefs and burial practices, and investigating the trading links that led to a rare and beautiful Byzantine bucket being found in a Hampshire field.moreless
  • Yaverland, Isle of Wight
    Steptoe et Filius. With a limited excavation, a local archaeologist discovered marble fragments indicating a high-status building. What was actually here on the high ground overlooking what would have been a navigable creek in Roman times?
  • Beaudesert, Warwickshire
    Every Castle Needs a Lord. A single stone stands on a hill at Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. It's the only remnant of what was once a huge medieval castle. So where is the rest of this once-proud stronghold?
  • Castleford, Yorkshire
    A Lost Roman City. Castleford is situated on a strategically important river crossing and excavations carried out previously in the area suggest there could be important Roman remains here.
  • Throckmorton, Worcestershire
    A Prehistoric Airfield.

    The team explores a disused RAF bomber base, which is revealed by a government geophysics survey to be a dense Iron Age or Bronze Age settlement.
  • High Ercall, Shropshire
    Civil War Siege House The manor house at High Ercall in Shropshire is surrounded by huge defensive earthworks - remnants of one of the bloodiest Civil War sieges. Records from the time suggest that half the house is missing - probably destroyed shortly after the Royalists were defeated.
  • Helford, Cornwall
    Helford, Cornwall
    Episode 7
    Iron-Age Market. Two large, impressive enclosures, or earthworks, can be seen at Gear and Caer Vallack, near Helford in Cornwall. Sited on top of adjacent hills, they were thought by Victorian archaeologists to be Iron-Age hillforts. Though the local population knows them well, very little is understood about their origins.
  • Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
    An Ermine Street Pub. Can the team find the line of one of Britain's main Roman Roads - Ermine Street? And what else lies beneath the grass which has remained undisturbed since the excavations of some amateur archaeologists 40 years or so ago?
  • Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire
    The furnace in the Cellar

    A cellar in Leighton could take us back nearly 400 years. Based in a pub, it contains the remains of a blast furnace - used for making iron. What more can be discovered about the story of Leighton's lost furnace?
  • Chicksands, Bedfordshire
    The Naughty Monastery
  • Kinlochbervie, Sutherland
    Diving for the Armada. A special team of marine archaeologists from the Archaeological Diving Unit (ADU) has invited Time Team along to see if some answers can be found about how this sunken time capsule came to be where it is and whether it is, as the initial investigations would suggest, a Spanish Armada shipwreck dating from 1588.moreless
  • Ancaster, Lincolnshire
    The Romans Panic. The small Lincolnshire town of Ancaster lies on Ermine Street, which is a major Roman road heading north from London. The only Roman remains visible today are some massive earth banks and ditches, which have been dated to the 4th century. So what was here before these defences and why were they built?moreless
  • Vauxhall, London
    Vauxhall, London
    Episode 1
    London's First Bridge.

    The Team are in central London near Vauxhall Bridge where, at low tide, prehistoric timbers are revealed. Time is even more restricted on this excavation than usual. As the timbers are right at the water's edge at low tide (and up to eight metres underwater at high tide) there are only a couple of hours during which any excavation can take place. The site is also being eroded because the changing topography of the foreshore is affecting the tides.moreless
  • TT Special 16 Ten Years

    Ten years of Time Team

    Tony Robinson, Mick, Phil and Carenza take a look back at how it all happened, recall some of the best moments of the last ten years, and muse on how a bunch of muddy misfits became the TV surprise of the decade.

  • Time Team Digs: Norman Conquest
    1066 and Beyond Everyone thinks of the Battle of Hastings and 1066 when they think of the Normans and the medieval era. Time Team has investigated dozens of medieval sites over the years, providing a unique opportunity to assess whether the Norman invasion was a cataclysm or a continuation of what was already happening in these islands.moreless
  • Time Team Digs: The Modern Era
    Our Recent Past Tony Robinson, with the help of David Gainster from the British Museum, looks back at what Time Team has learned about the modern age in digs from the past ten years.
  • Time Team Digs: Medieval England
    Winners and Losers in the Battle for survival In the 14th and 15th centuries, England was prosperous: a growing population and rising wealth are reflected in the development of many of our towns, cathedrals and cities. But it was also, at various times in the late Middle Ages, a country of war, famine and social unrest.moreless
  • Time Team Digs: The Dark Ages
    Illuminating the Darkness Tony Robinson, with the help of historian Dr Joanna Story, of Leicester University, looks back at what Time Team has learnt about the so-called 'Dark Ages' in numerous digs from the past ten years.
  • Time Team Digs: Roman Britain
    Life under the Eagle The Segedunum Roman bath-house provided the perfect backdrop for exploring the Roman high life, looking back at what Time Team has learnt about life in Roman Britain.
  • Time Team Digs: The Early Romans
    Invasion and Occupation Tony Robinson and Chris Kelly from Cambridge University look back at what the team have learnt about the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain - from the design of Roman roads at digs at Lambeth Palace and Cheshunt Park, Hertfordshire, to Roman forts at Castleford and Papcastle in Cumbria.moreless
  • Time Team Digs: The Iron Age
    Digging for Iron Tony Robinson, with the help of Sheffield University's John Collis, looks back at what the Time Team have learnt about the Iron Age in numerous digs over the last ten years. Far from being a place of wild savages, Iron Age Britain emerges as an increasingly wealthy and sophisticated society. A back garden in Dorset yields two complete Iron Age houses with mounds of pottery; the team uncover major settlements on Salisbury Plain and under a Worcestershire airfield and the mysterious underground chamber in the Orkneys.moreless
  • Time Team Digs: The Bronze Age
    Searching for Bronze The team revisit an ancient bridge in Vauxhall and a trackway in Flag Fen.
  • TT Special 15 Southward Well Reef, Samson Island,Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

    The Wreck of the Colossus

    Tony Robinson and the archaeological team join divers attempting to recover treasure from part of the wreck of the 18th-century warship the Colossus - discovered by divers in 2001 - in order to piece together the history of the vessel.

  • TT Special 14 Londinium, Greater London

    Edge of Empire

    Time Team followed one of the biggest excavations in the heart of London on a football pitch sized site at Gresham Street, just north of a Roman baths and just south of the amphitheatre and fort .

    The excavations yielded a wealth of material that creates a picture of everyday life in Londinium. Two thousand years ago London didn't exist. It was created by the Romans in the first century AD, when they settled in the area now occupied by the City.

    The settlement started as a simple bridge over the River Thames, but within 100 years it had become a bustling city with a population of 30,000.

  • TT Special 13 Canterbury, Kent

    The Big Dig

    Described as the most ambitious archaeological project Britain has ever known, one eighth of the entire ancient city of Canterbury is being excavated in advance of a massive redevelopment scheme. The excavation, just inside the city walls in the south east of Canterbury, is known as the 'Big Dig' locally, and will take an estimated four years to complete.