Monthly Archives: May 2012

Time Team Series 20. My Third Episode: Day Three

Isn’t life strange? I thought I’d wake up with a head as thick as two short planks, but no: I felt fine. Bouncy even.  As ever, Phil, Stuart Ainsworth and I were the first people down to breakfast, which is … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Third Episode: Day Two

A frantic day. In fact, about as frantic a day as I care to recall. We put trenches into towers that we thought were central gateways, then turned out to be positioned at the building’s corners. Then we looked for … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Third Episode: Day One

The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to appreciate the Production Meeting in the hotel on the evening of Rig Day. That’s where everyone involved in the shoot come together and there is what the press today … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Third Episode: Rig Day

Archaeology is very good at examining the social effects of long-term historical change. In this episode we’ll actually be returning to the huge after-effects of the rise of the modern industrial world. One by-product of that era, if one can … Continue reading

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Here Comes Summer…

I got home from filming the last Time Team (the Machine Gun Corps training camp), then spent three frantic days trying (and failing) to catch-up in the garden, before setting off for the West Country on a pre-booked holiday in … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20, my second episode: Lest we Forget

I’ll keep this one short, like the one minute remembrance silence that Tony spontaneously called for at the end of the final scene. I don’t think it was filmed, and probably just as well – we were cold, tired and … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 3

A strange day, and in many ways a moving one. The morning was relatively routine: we caught up with our recording and other archaeological house-keeping. I also opened another trench where the geofizz signals looked very promising. It was OK, … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 2: Nothing is Ever as Simple as it Seems

The Machine Gun Corps was founded in 1915 as a response to Germany’s overwhelming superiority in machine guns and the way they were used. Put succinctly, the enemy were light years ahead of us, and it was something that was … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 1

Each episode of Time Team starts with a Production Meeting in the evening of Rig Day. Normally these are held in a conference room at the hotel where we’re all staying, but this time Production have rigged a large marquee … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Rig Day

I’ve just been walking across an idyllic English country house’s huge park, but my mind wasn’t on beautiful vistas and statuesque tree-lined avenues. Sadly my eyes were on the ground and my thoughts were far from tranquil. I was only … Continue reading

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