If you’re a fan of history, archeology, or just smart, funny people, you can’t go wrong watching any of the 20 years worth of episodes of Time Team, one of Britain’s most beloved programs. In this episode, the team finds a site of national significance. And yes, that’s Baldric.
More About Time Team, from Wikipedia:
Time Team is a British television series that originally aired on Channel 4 from 16 January 1994 to 7 September 2014. Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode featured a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig over a period of three days, with Robinson explaining the process in layman’s terms. This team of specialists changed throughout the series’ run, although it has consistently included professional archaeologists such as Mick Aston, Carenza Lewis, Francis Pryor and Phil Harding. The sites excavated over the show’s run have ranged in date from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War.
A team of archaeologists, usually led by either Mick Aston or Francis Pryor (the latter usually heading Bronze Age and Iron Age digs), and including field archaeologist Phil Harding, congregate at a site, usually in the United Kingdom. The site is frequently suggested by a member of the viewing public who knows of an unsolved archaeological mystery, or who owns property that has not been excavated and is potentially interesting. Time Team uncover as much as they can about the archaeology and history of the site in three days.
At the start of the programme, Tony Robinson explains, in an opening “piece to camera”, the reasons for the team’s visit to the site, and during the dig he enthusiastically encourages the archaeologists to explain their decisions, discoveries and conclusions. He tries to ensure that everything is comprehensible to the archaeologically uninitiated.
Excavations are not just carried out to entertain viewers. Tony Robinson claims that the archaeologists involved with Time Team have published more scientific papers on excavations carried out in the series than all British university archaeology departments put together over the same period; and also that, as of 2013, the programme had become the biggest funder of field archaeology in the country.