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Go on a dig with PBS Distribution's Time Team America: Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD. These shows plunge viewers into the grime and glory of real-life archaeology: epiphany and exhaustion, discovery, and disappointment. The team endures dirt, sweat, dust, and rain to explore the mysteries of the past through what they find buried below the ground. Part adventure, part hard science, part reality show, Time Team America applies the latest technology and the team’s collective expertise to solving the riddles of the past–against a ticking clock. The team has just three days to find out what it can at each site.
Descriptions of each of the episodes featured in seasons 1 and 2 are below.
· Preserving the Outpost of Fort James, SD
In 1865, a unit of cavalry soldiers thought they had volunteered to fight in the Civil War. Instead, they found themselves sent west to defend pioneer settlers against angry Sioux Indians in what is now South Dakota. Upon their arrival, the soldiers built one of the few stone forts on the American frontier. The team has just three days to map, dig, and uncover what remains of Fort James. What they find tells an intriguing tale of 1865 frontier life.
· Ancient Life in the Ranger Creek Canyon, UT
Time Team America heads into the picturesque and remote canyons of southern Utah to examine what remains of the Fremont Indians who lived there 1,000 years ago. The team probes the ground, scales the cliffs, and learns what life was like in these canyons a thousand years ago.
· Home of the Freed, New Philadelphia, IL
In 1836 “Free Frank” McWorter purchased his freedom from a Kentucky plantation owner and headed North. When he reached Illinois, he planted roots, started a town, and sold enough property to purchase the rest of his family out of slavery. Now farmers’ fields cover this dramatic testament to victory over enslavement. The local landowners, descendants of the town’s residents, and the McWorter family want to uncover what remains of New Philadelphia to commemorate its place in history. “Time Team America” joins in the search for the pre-Civil War schoolhouse where New Philadelphia’s African American children learned to read and write in freedom.
· The Topper Site, SC
Time Team America wades into the swamps of South Carolina to further our understanding of North America’s first human inhabitants. Debate continues in the scientific community about when people first came to the American continent. Did they follow big game across the continent 13,000 years ago or did they arrive much, much earlier? Time Team America has just three days to search out evidence that could shed light on the controversy. What they find could rock the archaeological world.
· The Lost Colony of Roanoke, NC
In 1586 the English sent the first group of hardy, hopeful colonists to make a go of it in the New World. But when English ships returned with supplies just three years later, they found the settlement empty and colonists gone. The fate of the Roanoke colonists remains one of the most chilling and maddening questions of American history. “Time Team America” spends three days at Fort Raleigh in hot pursuit of archaeological evidence that will put the ghost of Roanoke to rest and establish where the first colony in America was actually located.
· The Search for Josiah Henson, MD
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?
· The Bones of Badger Hold, OK
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?
· The Lost Pueblo Village, CO
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?
· Lost Civil War Prison, GA
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 Time Team America 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?