Time Team America

(Rochester, NY)Time Team America, the PBS series that combines archaeological discovery with good storytelling, is back for a gripping second season. Each of the four new episodes explores a different region and time in U.S. history through the eyes, ears and expertise of a team of adventurous archaeologists. The first two episodes of Time Team America debut Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. , followed by the second two on August 26 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

In each one-hour episode of Time Team America, scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Chelsea Rose join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. The series combines technologically advanced tools and old-fashioned elbow grease to take viewers on a journey into the earth and back in time.

Here’s what’s in store for the Time Team in season two:

Search for Josiah Henson, The Man Behind the Story of Uncle Tom's Cabin airs August 19 at 8 p.m.Tucked between upscale homes in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, DC, are the remains of an 1830’s plantation — once home to Josiah Henson, the slave who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What remains here of his life and legacy?

Bones of Badger Hole airs August 19 at 9 p.m. In western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early man-made weapons. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows? What can these bison bones teach us about our ancient past? 

Lost Civil War Prison airs August 26 at 8 p.m. Camp Lawton, near Milan, Georgia, housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can the Time Team find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what do they tell us of the hellish experiences of the prisoners once held captive here?

Lost Pueblo Village airs August 26 at 9 p.m. The site of what is believed to have been a 1,200-year-old village is located near Mesa Verde, Colorado, where ancient peoples built one of the first permanent settlements in North America. What did this settlement look like and how did life here shape human history?

The hosts of Time Team America are:

  • Justine Shapiro, documentary filmmaker and television host;
  • Dr. Joe Watkins, lead archaeologist;
  • Dr. Meg Watters, remote sensing and visualization specialist;
  • Dr. Allan Maca, archaeologist;
  • Chelsea Rose, archaeologist; and
  • Jeff Brown, excavator.

View past episodes of Time Team America online at pbs.org/time-team

Pictured: The Time Team
Credit: Courtesy of Tracey Whitney / Oregon Public Broadcasting



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