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Time Team America
Time Team America

Time Team America

Archeologists race against the clock to unbury historic sites across the nation.

2m 22s

Scientific Illustration

Kathleen Rowland is a scientific illustrator. She draws artifacts in a way that is so precise, that the illustration itself can then be studied in place of the object. What Kathleen does may look like art, but make no mistake, there is no room for creative expression in scientific illustration. It’s meticulous, even tedious, and that's why Kathleen loves it.

3m 8s

Precious Plants

Greg McKee loves his ferns. He’s the acting curator of the fern collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Greg explains why studying plant material is relevant to archaeology, and how it helps to place a site in time and ecological space. Watch how he identifies specimens, and learn the importance of collecting data.

2m 58s

Archaeomagnetic Dating

Dr. Eric Blinman, director of the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, explains how archaeomagnetic dating can help archaeologists determine the age of their site. When dirt is superheated, magnetic minerals in the soil realign to match the positions of the Earth’s poles. This technique reads that magnetic signature, and then scientists can match it to a plot of where the poles have been.

2m 33s

Folsom Hunters & the Atlatl

Adrien Hannus talks about Folsom hunters and the atlatl, a device which helps propel a spear further, faster, and more fatally than a human arm can alone. This device was created and used by prehistoric people more than 10,000 years ago, and it’s an example of evolving technology from ancient times.

2m 36s


With a name like Dr. Otter, it’s no wonder that this Zooarchaeologist loves fish bones. Edward likes all animal bones really, but fish are his favorite. Archaeologists rely on scientists like him to identify the animal bones on a site. These bones can reveal important clues about the people who lived there.

6m 4s

Field School Overview

Time Team America is not just a TV show. It’s also a field school for middle and high school students. Our mission: engage and inspire. Teach kids about archaeology while exposing them to a variety science, technology, engineering and math. Whether you’re a parent, an educator, an archaeologist, or a student, learn more about our program by watching this video.

1m 16s

Bones to DNA

Archaeologist Lauren O’Shea studies ancient bison DNA. She demonstrates in the lab how a chunk of bone can be broken down into DNA for analysis. DNA tells a history. “It’s not the written record,” she says, “but it’s a biological record of the past.”

3m 8s

Badger Hole Field School

Female middle school students in Woodward, OK participated in Time Team's field school during the Badger Hole excavation. To learn more about the Folsom people who used to live on this site, students visited the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, analyzed ancient bison DNA, threw spears with Atlatls, flintknapped, and looked at bison bones over 10,000 years old.

2m 30s

Dr. Allan Maca, Archaeologist

Dr. Allan Maca is an archaeologist trained in anthropology. For the last 15 years he has conducted field and laboratory work at the ancient Mayan city of Copan, Honduras. He has a PhD in anthropology from Harvard, and he taught archaeology, anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate and Columbia. He loves to surf, play guitar, and sleep outside under the stars.

2m 49s

Jeff Brown, Excavator

Jeff Brown resides as a tribal member and councilman on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William, VA. He entered into archaeology to help protect his tribe against a reservoir projected to be built on old tribal land. After being "bit hard by the archaeology bug," he has since worked with the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg site in Virginia.

1m 31s

Atlatl Mechanics

The Atlatl is a piece of ancient hunting technology. Before there were bows and arrows, Paleoindians used this little piece of wood to launch their spears further, faster, and with more successful results. Learn how this innovative device gave humans a better shot at survival.

2m 34s

Dr. Joe Watkins, Lead Archaeologist

Currently the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Joe Watkins is a Choctaw Indian and one of only a small group of American Indians with a Ph.D. in Archaeology. Joe has been an archaeologist for over 40 years, and he also serves as a mediator between various academic disciplines and members of Indigenous groups worldwide.

2m 34s

Duncan McKinnon, Geophysics Specialist

Duncan McKinnon spent many years working in the high-tech industry, but his interests in history and archaeology led him to make a drastic career change. Now Duncan is traveling the world as an archaeologist. He specializes in geophysics, which he quickly gravitated towards given his background in computers and technology. Currently, Duncan is a PhD student at the University of Arkansas.

122m 23s

Bryan Haley, Archaeological Geophysist

Bryan Haley specializes in geophysics, remote sensing, and other high-tech methods that can be used in archaeological research. In terms of more conventional archaeology, he works primarily with prehistoric and contact-period Native American sites in the southeastern United States. He currently lives with his wife in New Orleans and is working on his dissertation at Tulane University.

3m 41s

Soil Analysis

When it comes to soil analysis, Dr. John Wah loves getting his hands dirty. Deep in a soil pit near the University of Maryland, John shows us how the color and texture of soil can reveal the age of an archaeological site. He works quickly as the sun begins to set in Maryland, but he doesn't forget to mention how much he loves this job.

2m 42s

Justine Shapiro, Host

Justine Shapiro is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-Winning documentary filmmaker and television host. As co-host of the public television program Globe Trekker Justine has traveled to more than 40 countries and interviewed hundreds of locals from all walks of life.

2m 35s

Dr. Alexandra Jones, Field School Director

Currently the Founder and Executive Director of Archaeology in the Community, Dr. Alexandra Jones is an education leader focused on community outreach and service. She has taught at elementary and middle schools, high school and college. Alexandra directed field schools for junior high and high school students at each of the sites this season.

2m 47s

Chelsea Rose, Archaeologist

Born and raised in Northern California, Chelsea Rose is a historical archaeologist who lives in Southern Oregon. Consumed with a love of history and archaeology from an early age, Chelsea's passion is researching the Frontier Gold Rushes of the nineteenth century, where her interests include Chinatowns and multi-ethnic mining camps in California and Oregon.

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