Time Team is back! Proclaim it from the hills Time Team is back! TIME TEAM IS BACK! This British classic aired on TV from 1994 to 2014. In the past two years, Time Team added a YouTube channel showing classic episodes of Time Team. This prompted a demand for the TV series to return. Through fundraising through Patreon, Tim Taylor, the producer was able to announce the return of the Time Team.
On May 2021, there was an official announcement of the Time Team’s return. Now viewers from all over the world will be able to watch new episodes of Time Team on YouTube. They will be free to everybody. If you subscribed to Time Team through Patreon, viewers will be able to access bonus content and updates on the sites they dig. The premise for the show will be the same: three days to examine a site and help the local population preserve and understand a bit of their history. The bonus content will allow the viewer to get a picture behind the scenes from the dig.
The new Time Team will consist of Carenza Lewis, John Gater, Helen Geake, Stewart Ainsworth, Raysan Al-Kubaisi, Neil Emmanuel, Naomi Sewpaul, Matt Williams, Henry Chapman, Dani Wootton, Brigid Gallagher, Neil Holbrook, Suzannah Lipscomb, Jimmy Adcock, Natalie Haynes, Derek Pitman, Lawrence Shaw, and Pete Spencer. Many of the original camera people are also returning. They will continue to use the artwork the late Victor Ambrose created for the original show. The Ambrose family permitted the team to use Victor’s archive for the new show.
Unfortunately, Tony Robinson and Phil Harding will not participate in Time Team so far. I, for one, will miss Tony’s narration and excitement over the digs. Phil will also be greatly missed as well. I especially liked the way Phil explained things about the dig and what was found. I hope that they will show up from time to time. Although the new show won’t be the same without them, I am excited about how the new Time Team episodes will turn out.
In honor of Time Team’s return, I gave myself a challenge: Blog 31 Days of Time Team. Every day in March, I will feature a classic Time Team episode. This is a celebration of the Time Team’s return. During the Pandemic, it was my one go-to binge TV series, and if I was not binging, I would pop a Time Team on. If you can support Time Team through Patreon, go for it. Help Time Team bring more episodes to YouTube.
The original Time Team explored a variety of sites from a variety of historical eras. They rooted for Romans, looked up Naughty Nuns, lost monasteries, and explored World War II. The digs could often get frustrating. They could be confused by what they found. They also left the shores of England and helped on digs in America and Spain. There were a variety of helpers who provided additional context to the digs. They even got the Queen’s permission to dig in Buckingham Palace!
Just because it is a British TV series does not mean American teachers’ cannot use it. Time Team presented a variety of topics in archelogy which helps enhance student’s understanding of history. Teachers, you should be able to find something that you can match with your history class. The Roman Digs was particularly exciting. Science and STEM teachers can also demonstrate practical applications of what students are learning. This Time Team will feature how far technology and its application in archeology.
Let the 31 Days of Time Team commence! I hope that teachers and students find something to use for the classroom or further research.
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