Time Team America

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 8:00pm
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Pictured: Chelsea Rose, Time Team America’s lead digger
Credit: Crystal Street
For most Americans, any examination of the people who lived before us begins and ends with the reading of a book or the viewing of a film. There are some, however, whose curiosity and desire drive them to get their hands dirty by digging into the places where history began. Finding evidence buried for centuries is the only way to satisfy their hunger for knowledge. This kind of passion drives the archaeologists and historians in
Time Team America, airing Wednesdays, July 8 - August 5 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/ cable 1011/ cable 11)

This all-new summer series brings viewers into the trenches of working archaeological digs for three intense days — showing them what it takes to uncover the story of America. The series descends on a new site each Wednesday, traveling to Roanoke Island, North Carolina, the swamps of South Carolina, the fields of rural Illinois, the canyons of Utah and the South Dakota prairie in search of America’s roots.

Part extreme adventure, part science and part reality show, the five-part series takes viewers deep into the trenches of America’s most intriguing archaeological sites. In each episode, the show’s team of top scientists has three days to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned dig. Every hour counts as they piece together the past, using the latest technology, decades of combined experience and their own sharp wits. Far from the comfort of a museum or science lab, the team faces searing heat, driving rain, alligator-infested swamps, frayed nerves and inevitable technical setbacks. Through it all, the audience peers over the shoulders of the archaeologists at work, eavesdropping on intense conversations and sharing the rush of discovery as artifacts emerge from the ground.

Regardless of conditions or impediments, the team strives to uncover critical discoveries that fill in the missing pieces of what is known with the proof of what is found. A chip of pottery becomes colonial kitchenware; a slate pencil suggests a 19th-century schoolhouse; a stone projectile point indicates a 13,000-year-old tool factory; and a centuries-old broken bottle leads to adventurous tales of the Wild West.