Time Team Season 6
S06 E01Jan 3, 1999
Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent - Wedgwood's First Factory Jan 3, 1999 Everyone knows the name of Wedgwood when it comes to pottery, and this is what they have in mind, this blue and white design, it’s famous throughout the world. But few people know that it was here in Burslem on the outskirts of Stoke-On-Trent, that Josiah Wedgwood’s climb to fame and fortune first began.This is actually the site of his first factory, which was at the heart of the pottery industry when it took off in the eighteenth century, but does any of it remain under the paving stones of present day Burslem.
S06 E02Jan 10, 1999
Papcastle, Cumbria Jan 10, 1999 While they were building this extension to their house here in Papcastle in Cumbria, the Buckingham family discovered this piece of Roman pottery. Can you see that little bird on the tree there?But that was just the start of their discoveries. They came up with these two quern stones, whole boxes of finds and they’ve even got what appears to be the outline of a Roman building right here.Being fans of Time Team, they contacted us because they want to find out what on Earth the Romans could have been doing here in their back garden nearly 2000 years ago. And as usual, we got just three days to find out.
S06 E03Jan 17, 1999
Thetford, Norfolk Jan 17, 1999 The pupils of this Norfolk grammar school think it’s rather special, and I’ve gotta say, they may be right. It’s not everyone who’s got this kind of stuff in their playground. These walls are the remains of a monastic church that stood here 600 years ago, but that’s modern, compared with what they think is underneath.A thousand years ago a Norman cathedral, one of the most important in the country stood somewhere round here. And the pupils want us to help them find it.So, once everyone’s got out of morning assembly, Time Team’s going back to school. At least for the next three days.
S06 E04Jan 24, 1999
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset - Cooper's Hole Jan 24, 1999 It may not look very comfortable but before huts and houses, this was home. In fact this cave in Cheddar Gorge may well be one of the oldest homes in the country.Between five and ten thousand years ago, families of stoneage hunter gatherers, the old cavemen of legend, probably used this cave to eat sleep shelter and do whatever else they did.But to find what they left behind isn’t going to be easy. Thousands of years of rainfall have washed tons and tons of mud in to this cave and what an awful lot of the evidence, deep in to the tunnels behind.We’ve got just three days and if were gonna find anything at all, were gonna have to dig an awful long way down there, and an awful long way, into there.
S06 E05Jan 31, 1999
Plympton St Maurice, Devon Jan 31, 1999 I’m standing on top of the motte and bailey of Plympton Castle in Devon. You know mottes and baileys from your school days, they’re those great towering lumps that the Normans threw up all over the country. And these walls are all that are left of the original castle that was built here over 700 years ago.Now in towns and villages, normally the medieval stuff disappears, it gets built over and we lose it, but here in Plympton the local people believe there’s enough of it left down there, for us to be able to work out the layout and the boundary of the medieval town that existed at the same time as that castle.
S06 E06Feb 7, 1999
Smallhythe, Kent Feb 7, 1999 You wouldn’t think that this ordinary looking field and this little drainage ditch had got much to do with England’s seafaring heritage. For a start, we're about ten miles from the sea at a place called Smallhythe in Kent.But around the time of the battle of Agincourt in the early 1400’s, somewhere round here, there was a royal dockyard big enough to build thousand ton ships.If that’s true then where are the docks now, and where’s there a river or an estuary big enough to launch those great wooden ships?As usual, we got just three days to find out.
S06 E07Feb 14, 1999
Beauport Park, Sussex Feb 14, 1999 This is the 13th hole of a golf course in East Sussex, but over here in these woods a Roman bath house has been discovered.It’s a fantastic find complete with under floor heating, tiled floors and walls right up to window height.But what is a Roman bath house doing here completely on it’s own 40 miles from the nearest Roman town, what on earth was happening around here 1900 years ago?Time Team have got just three days to find out.
S06 E08Feb 21, 1999
Reedham, Norfolk - Bombers In Reedham Marshes Feb 21, 1999 February the 21st 1944.800 American bombers are returning from a raid on targets in Germany. It’s three o’clock in the afternoon, they’d been in the air for five hours and finally, they’ve left the last of the enemy fighters and flak batteries behind.Everyone relaxes as they pass over the Norfolk coast.Then... Tragedy.They were just minutes away from safety of their base when suddenly one of the bombers collided with another, and the two planes came plummeting down to earth somewhere round here in the Reedham Marshes. All 21 crewmembers were killed. So what exactly happened?We got just three days to try and shed some light on the mystery.We’re gonna be excavating one of the planes in the hope that its carcass may yield some clues if there’s any of it left, and we’re gonna try and find out as much as we can about the two crews and the events that led up to the crash.
S06 E09Feb 28, 1999
Turkdean, Gloucestershire - Revisited Feb 28, 1999 Eighteen months ago, Time Team discovered under this Gloucester field what maybe one of the largest Roman villas yet excavated in Britain. We found whole ranges of rooms including a beautiful bath house arranged around three courtyards spreading all over this plateau.But at the end of the three days, just when we thought we finally understood the villa, geophysics came up with another whole range of buildings running all the way up that hillside. Could this simply mean that the villa was even larger than we’d originally thought, or was there something rather extraordinary happening here 1600 years ago?Time Team just had to come back to Turkdean to find out.
S06 E10Mar 7, 1999
Kemerton, Worcestershire Mar 7, 1999 In 1990 someone flew over this Worcestershire field and took this aerial photograph, you see all these extraordinary crop marks that aren’t visible from the ground. But, what are they?Well, we got two clues. A couple of fields in this direction, archaeologists have discovered vast amounts of pottery and evidence of houses and deep pits all of it Bronze age and in such large amounts. It’s considered to be of national importance. But over here is Breedon Hill, one of the largest Iron Age hill forts in the whole country.So what’s going on here? Local archaeologists have called us in to sort it all out, in just three days.
S06 E11Mar 14, 1999
Bawsey, Norfolk Mar 14, 1999 This is Norfolk, over there’s the sea. The ground round here’s pretty flat and exposed, except for this little hill here, on the top of which is this deserted church.Now we know that it’s Norman, but all around here in the fields people have been coming across pieces of metal that go back as far as the Iron Age. In fact, this is probably the richest site we’ve yet come across in Time Team.So, what was this place, what was going on here? Was it a settlement, in which case, what kind of people settled here, and can we find out in just three days?To make matters worse, we’re covering this whole dig live. In fact, some of you may have seen the live shows that went out last August. But as yet, I haven’t got a clue, what’s gonna happen. All I can tell you is that this weekend is gonna be pretty exciting.
S06 E12Mar 21, 1999
Nevis,West Indies - Part 1 Mar 21, 1999 This is the Caribbean, well we’re not in Jamaica or Barbados, Time Team have come to the tiny island of Nevis because amazingly, 200 years ago, the Caribbean produced more wealth than the whole of the rest of the British empire put together.Primarily, because of sugar, and Nevis was covered in sugar plantations, and one of the wealthiest belonged to a man called Pinney who lived right up there.And we’re going to see if we can find out what remains of his long disused estate, but buried in the jungle out there aren’t just the remains of the wealthy lifestyles of the big landowners, there are also traces of the thousands of slaves that they relied on.So, Time Team have got just six days. That’s two programmes, to try and come to grips with an island that’s crammed full of archaeology.
S06 E13Mar 28, 1999
Nevis,West Indies - Part 2 Mar 28, 1999 Welcome back to the Caribbean. The first English settlers arrived here in Nevis 400 years ago and set up their first capitol Jamestown somewhere over there. But amazingly, as you can see it’s completely disappeared.No sooner had the settlers arrived and they killed off the local Amerindian population. All that appears to be left of them are a few scattered patches of pottery along the coast.We’re going to try and find both Jamestown and an Amerindian site. And don’t forget, we’re still on the hunt for the slave village that we started in the first programme.The next three days, archaeology should be just as challenging and even more exciting than the first three.