Time Team
Season 16
No. of episodes13
Original networkChannel 4
Original release4 January (2009-01-04) –
29 March 2009 (2009-03-29)
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This is a list of Time Team episodes from series 16.[1] The series was released on DVD (region 2) in 2013.


Series 16

Main article: List of Time Team episodes

Episode # refers to the air date order. The Time Team Specials are aired in between regular episodes, but are omitted from this list. Regular contributors on Time Team include: Tony Robinson (presenter); archaeologists Mick Aston, Phil Harding, Helen Geake, Francis Pryor, Brigid Gallagher, Jackie McKinley, Raksha Dave, Matt Williams, Faye Simpson; Guy de la Bedoyere (Roman historian); Victor Ambrus (illustrator); Stewart Ainsworth (landscape investigator); John Gater (geophysicist); Henry Chapman (surveyor); Paul Blinkhorn (pottery expert), Mark Corney (coin expert); Raysan Al-Kubaisi (computer graphics).[2]

Episode # Series # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
1941"The Trouble with Temples"Friar's Wash, Hertfordshire51°49′09″N 0°24′16″W / 51.8193°N 0.4045°W / 51.8193; -0.40454 January 2009 (2009-01-04)
Time Team has never found a Roman temple. But a 30-year-old photograph clearly shows double square cropmarks in a field. Surely this time they will strike lucky? The trouble is, the site may have suffered plough damage. Francis takes charge. Though initial excavations are encouraging, John and Stewart are puzzled by a geophysical anomaly. Including a tessellated pavement and a coin hoard, a picture gradually emerges of not one but four temples - in fact a whole complex of buildings. It proves to be one of the most important excavations in Time Team history.[3]
1952"The Wedding Present"Scargill, County Durham54°29′30″N 1°55′07″W / 54.49173°N 1.91868°W / 54.49173; -1.9186811 January 2009 (2009-01-11)
The restored ruins of a castle gatehouse given as a wedding present hide complex mediaeval and Tudor remains.
1963"Heroes' Hill"Knockdhu, County Antrim54°53′28″N 5°54′19″W / 54.89111°N 5.905278°W / 54.89111; -5.90527818 January 2009 (2009-01-18)
A previously unexcavated massive Bronze Age promontory fort conceals the remains of a sophisticated society.
1974"Toga Town"Caerwent, Monmouthshire51°36′48″N 2°46′12″W / 51.6133°N 2.7700°W / 51.6133; -2.770025 January 2009 (2009-01-25)
Caerwent in South Wales is Britain's best-preserved Roman town; but there are still unexplored pockets. Neil wants to find some Roman retail outlets, but Mick is more interested in medieval remains. Louise Revell describes existing features, including the basilica and the central forum where political debates would have taken place. Geophysics suggests a full-scale Roman villa on the site. The diggers are uncovering a maze of walls, which are hard to understand. From a second century handbook, Louise gives Phil and Matt some tips about Roman oratory. Meanwhile Stewart is playing with a groma, a Roman surveying tool. At the finale Phil and Matt engage in a debate, kitted out in their togas. Finds include a 3rd century coin, a tool for removing earwax, a twisted wire bracelet, and a folding penknife handle decorated with gladiators. They are also joined by Roman archaeologist Peter Guest.[4]
1985"Blood, Sweat and Beers"Rise Hill, Cumbria54°17′52″N 2°21′35″W / 54.29789°N 2.35983°W / 54.29789; -2.359831 February 2009 (2009-02-01)
Time Team visit the Rise Hill navvy camp near Garsdale, created for the construction of the Settle-Carlisle railway. This is the first such site ever excavated. They are joined by industrial archaeologists Bill Bevan and Mike Nevell, and historian David Holmes, to create a picture of the people who built much of industrial Britain. But the dig is hampered by heavy rain. Matt is roped in to live the life of a navvy for a day.
1996"Buried Bishops and Belfries"Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire51°03′53″N 1°47′51″W / 51.064722°N 1.7975°W / 51.064722; -1.79758 February 2009 (2009-02-08)
The team are on Phil's home turf, where 200 years ago some of the cathedral's most beautiful buildings were demolished, including a bell tower and two chapels. Moreover, there is a mystery surrounding leg-bones discovered under one of the chapels. Could they belong to Bishop Beauchamp (pronounced "Beecham"), who built one of the chapels? Bone specialist Jackie thinks she can solve the mystery. The team are hoping to get an insight into the purpose and function of this magnificent medieval structure, as well as the city that surrounds it. Stewart is more interested in Constable's famous watercolour of the cathedral. Raysan builds a lego model, and Brigid finds a unique coin. They make some interesting discoveries about the foundations of these various buildings. They are joined by the cathedral archaeologist Tim Tatton-Brown, and historic buildings consultant Richard K. Morris. Historian Elaine Chalus talks to Helen about the charismatic personality of Bishop Beauchamp himself.[5]
2007"Anarchy in the UK"Radcot, Oxfordshire51°41′35″N 1°35′19″W / 51.693081°N 1.588644°W / 51.693081; -1.58864415 February 2009 (2009-02-15)
Time Team camp for three days next to the oldest bridge on the River Thames. Previous surveys have convinced local archaeologists that an early Norman castle existed here, with connections to Queen Matilda and The Anarchy. But there are also tantalizing links to the much later English Civil War.[6] Almost immediately, pottery sherds and walls are revealed, with plenty of Roman fragments suggesting a Roman settlement. In all likelihood the Anglo-Saxons lived here too. The team test out a medieval trebuchet. They are joined by John Blair of Oxford University, geophysicist Roger Ainslie, and castles expert Richard K. Morriss.
2018"Mystery of the Ice Cream Villa"Colworth, Bedfordshire52°13′56″N 0°34′38″W / 52.23212°N 0.57711°W / 52.23212; -0.5771122 February 2009 (2009-02-22)
Stacks of high quality Roman remains have been found in a rural field near an ice cream research centre, including a huge collection of coins. It points to a high status building, possibly a villa. But it's far from any road, and geophysics doesn't come up with anything definite, apart from a large square ditch. Stewart identifies a potential Roman road, running right past the site. Though they are unable to find a substantial stone building, the outline of an Iron Age round house emerges, showing continuity of occupation over hundreds or thousands of years. Late on day three, evidence of a Roman structure emerges. They are joined by Roman coin specialist Philippa Walton, Ben Robinson from Peterborough City Council and Louise Revell from Southampton University.[7]
2029"Hermit Harbour"Looe, Cornwall50°20′27″N 4°27′15″W / 50.34086°N 4.45412°W / 50.34086; -4.454121 March 2009 (2009-03-01)
Legends surround this tiny island off Cornwall's south coast, including a visit by Christ himself, brought here by Joseph of Arimathea from distant Glastonbury. The team are out to discover the truth behind the myths. Could this island have witnessed the birth of Christianity in Britain? They are hampered by the tide, which limits the time allowed for digging. Previous digs have linked the now-vanished St. Michael's Chapel on the hill to the Celtic dark ages following the Roman occupation. It would certainly have been a beacon for pilgrims and overseas traders through the ages; and there are tantalising hints of prehistoric activity. The chapel seems to be mirrored by a similar structure on the mainland, which the team are also attempting to excavate. They are joined by historian Nicholas Orme, Oliver Creighton from Exeter University and Finds specialist Carl Thorpe. Investigating possible wrecks are two divers from the Royal Navy.[8]
20310"Called to the Bar"Lincoln's Inn, London51°30′59″N 0°06′50″W / 51.516448°N 0.113760°W / 51.516448; -0.1137608 March 2009 (2009-03-08)
Amidst the grand buildings that make up one of the world's oldest and most distinguished law societies, they have been asked to discover the remains of a 13th-century palace that belonged to Henry III's Lord Chancellor.
20411"Beacon on the Fens"Chapel Head, Cambridgeshire52°24′57″N 0°01′41″W / 52.415706°N 0.028039°W / 52.415706; -0.02803915 March 2009 (2009-03-15)
A little mound of earth known as Chapel Head has intrigued archaeologists for years. There are ornately carved stone blocks around the hill, and beautiful flint axes that are at least 4000 years old have also been found. Early signs are of a medieval chapel, and very soon a cobbled surface shows building of that period. But Francis is having trouble locating a bronze age ring ditch. The team are joined by Ben Robinson from Peterborough Museum, and medieval pottery expert Paul Spoerry.
20512"The Hollow Way"Ulnaby, County Durham54°32′56″N 1°38′58″W / 54.549014°N 1.649417°W / 54.549014; -1.64941722 March 2009 (2009-03-22)
The distinctive grass-covered remains of the deserted medieval village of Ulnaby are a landmark in the Durham countryside, but they have never been dug. The Team have been invited to investigate one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Britain. With medieval historian Dawn Hadley, Tony looks at the history of Ulnaby. Michelle Brown of the British Library examines the 14th century Luttrell Psalter, providing clues about the people's lifestyle. Mick is shown a replica of a medieval horsedrawn plough, while Brigid finds a coin, and Matt uncovers a quern-stone.
20613"Skeletons in the Shed"Blythburgh, Suffolk52°19′19″N 1°35′47″E / 52.32183°N 1.59640°E / 52.32183; 1.5964029 March 2009 (2009-03-29)
When the new owners of a house in Blythburgh in Suffolk explored their potting shed they were shocked to discover a cupboard full of human skulls.[9] Could these remains have something to do with the superb ruins of a medieval priory that has lain hidden for years? The priory fell into disuse before Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, and may contain the remains of a 7th century Saxon King, Anna. But despite digging several trenches in the back garden, the team struggle to make sense of it all. They are joined by historian Sam Newton.


  1. ^ "Time Team episode guides, series 16". Channel 4. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Time Team Digs cast list". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Time Team - Friars Wash, Hertfordshire". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Time Team - Caerwent, South Wales". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Time Team - Salisbury Cathedral". IMDB. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Time Team: Radcot, Oxfordshire". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Time Team - Colworth, Bedfordshire". IMDB. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Time Team - Looe, Cornwall". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Time Team - Blythburgh, Suffolk". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
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