Time Team is back to bring the wonders of archaeology and history to your doorstep. This set which, as the title would suggest, contains digs picked by the members of the team as their favorite. This of course means that the finds come from prehistoric times, roman occupation, medieval times, as well as modern history. This is the first time any of these episodes have been released in North America. The locations of the digs are as varied as the team themselves. Digs are located in Wales, England, France, and Nevis, a Caribbean island.
As these episodes were chosen by the members of the team, the reason for their particular picks becomes apparent soon into the episodes. Each episode seems to highlight the certain team members abilities or interests and thus you are able to understand quickly why it would be their favorite. For instance, the one chosen by the historic illustrator, Victor, is evident from the beginning. Normally Victor’s role is to support what the field archaeologists find through his drawings. In his favorite episode, he seems to almost have the reversed role. His drawing not only show the people what the areas would have looked like but also helps the archeologists to figure out what they are looking for around the heavily wooded area in which they are working. Since, we on this side of the ocean haven’t been able watch the series as easily, felt you really got to know more about the team during these episodes due to their important nature, to the members who would like to share them with us.
There is something here for everyone, and I do mean everyone. My two year old son ended up watching most of the set with me because he found the diggers and dirty rocks so cool. He can barely say the word archaeology but he was already interested. What a better demonstration of the appeal of the show than to hold the attention of a little one.
Time Team: The Team’s Favorite Digs, on three-disc DVD set from Athena, has eight episodes; “Llygadwy”, “Gateholm”, “Wierre-Effroy”, “Turkdean”, “Breamore”, “High Worsall”, “Nevis”, and “Cirencester”. As one of the special features, we are privy to the very first episode (which aired on January 16, 1994) as one of the bonus episodes, and oh boy has the team changed over the past 20 seasons. There are also two follow up episodes. Other special features include a viewer’s guide with facts about the locations, article on excavation practices, archaeological hoaxes, the Romano-Britians, Anglo-Saxon burials, and a glossary of terms; as well as biographies on the members of Time Team.