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Time Team Special Edition

Airs Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A 17th-century artifact emerges from the bottom of a well at the site of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

An engraved identification plate found at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
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Above: An engraved identification plate found at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

In this special two-hour presentation from the United Kingdom’s groundbreaking archaeology series, "Time Team" takes viewers on an expedition to Jamestown, where a British company’s commercial enterprise planted the seeds of the United States. There have been nearly a million finds from the site’s trenches, but this anniversary special is far more than just an excavation. The team retrieves piles of perfectly preserved 17th-century pieces, traces the names and life stories of the early American pioneers, and learns why a third of them died within months of arrival. The colonists at Jamestown went looking for gold and silver. Instead, they found fertile soil, tough conditions and the beginnings of the world’s most powerful nation.

Phil Harding, archaeologist lends his expertise as the team explores digs at The Queen’s gardens in the U.K. and at Jamestown, Virginia.
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Above: Phil Harding, archaeologist lends his expertise as the team explores digs at The Queen’s gardens in the U.K. and at Jamestown, Virginia.

Then, in part two, Britain’s most famous archaeologists discover what secrets lie buried beneath several of the world’s most famous English residences. "Time Team" tears into the queen’s gardens in an unprecedented opportunity to unearth the secrets of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, where the royal finds include the foundation of a 14th-century building where Edward III honored the legendary Arthurian knights.

Field School:

Field school is a rite of passage for most archaeologists. Every summer, archeological sites around the world are filled with students digging, documenting and learning how to do the science of archaeology. In "Time Team America's" online version of field school you can learn more about the basics of archaeology and the tools and techniques used in the series.

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maban | September 5, 2009 at 9:19 p.m. ― 5 years ago

nice series but WHO chose the music???!? If you're dealing with the time of ca 1606, who decided that strains and variations of "the star spangled banner" (from the american civil war over 250 later) or the shaker tune "Come shaker life" again from quite after the time period being illustrated. I could go on, but I am sure there are extant musical records for contemporary musical selections.

Shame --- you brits are slipping. You used to be known for tight productions and accurate research. Shortly, you'll wanting your double latte with a twist and have gone quite Hollywood and sod the accuracy because "it looks nice" like a true L.A. american.....

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fenny89 | February 6, 2010 at 6:20 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Hmm, must admit I didn't really notice the music, must be because Time team episodes don't usually play any, so I'm thinking it may have been an American idea to put music in!
Maybe they were just trying to illustrate that this was the beginning of the America we know today, and were playing music from other pivotal parts of the country's history... I prefer to watch the Archaeology than be bothered with the soundtrack :)

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fenny89 | February 6, 2010 at 6:23 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

actually that is a bit of a lie - they quite often play spooky tinkly mood music when the find some bodies or there is a mystery to be solved (always the same music though), it's just actual songs they tend to stay away from!

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