Season 2 Sites
TIME TEAM AMERICA is sharpening its trowels for a second season of archaeological investigation into our past. Time Team America collaborates with archaeologists currently excavating sites and advances the ongoing research with the latest technology, expertise—and additional elbow grease. What secrets of the past will the earth divulge on each of the team's three-day missions? Check out the new sites we'll be investigating this summer and look for the new season of episodes in 2013.
In Cortez, Colorado, we'll explore a village that some 1500 years ago was home to people of the Basketmaker III era, a culture that advanced itself with technologies like farming, pottery, and the bow and arrow. The innovations of the Basketmaker III era led to the complex, beautiful Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings of the nearby Mesa Verde region. Recent discoveries at Crow Canyon lead researchers to ask: was this site more than just a village? Was this concentrated settlement the scene of a turning point in human history? Time Team America hopes to help solve the mystery.
At Badger Hole, Oklahoma, the Time Team America crew excavates what may be the largest Folsom-period bison kill site in North America. Long extinct, Bison Antiquus roamed the plains 10,000 year ago. The lives of these ancient ancestors seem elusive, but by investigating bison bones, arrowheads and more can we discover clues about their habitat, hunting range, and their ingenuity that will help us understand them? How were hunters able to kill so many of these massive bison—weighing 1500 pounds each—without the help of bows and arrows or even horses?
Josiah Henson Special Park
An acre of land and an old building are all that remain of the once 270-acre Riley plantation. Time Team America will visit this location in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, to try to reconstruct the past. For 30 years this land was home to Josiah Henson, an enslaved African American whose famous 1849 slave narrative is said to have inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Time Team America will bring its expertise and hi-tech tool-kit to uncover clues that tell his story, and the story of this plantation.
In the fall of 1864 the Confederate Army marched Union prisoners into a hastily built compound called Camp Lawton in Jenkins County, Georgia. The population mushroomed to more than 10,000 in just six weeks, until guards and prisoners were forced to flee as Sherman's army approached. Abandoned, the camp disappeared into the forest and remained undisturbed for over a century, until a team from Georgia Southern University surveyed the site. They found a stockade wall, Civil War coins, a daguerreotype and more. Here was a vault of history waiting to be uncovered. Now, Time Team America joins the effort to map the entire stockade and learn the story the artifacts can tell us of this painful era of US history.
Zuni Pueblo Field School
The Zuni Pueblo is nestled in a valley surrounded by mesas and located approximately 150 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the largest of the 19 Pueblos in New Mexico, and has been populated for thousands of years.
In 1540 the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led an army of over 1,600 men north through the harsh Mexican desert in search of the legendary "Cibola"—the Seven Cities of Gold—in what is now New Mexico. But as the Spanish and their allies marched out of the desert, exhausted and starving, it wasn't a city of gold they found, but rather the Zuni village, Hawikku. Waiting outside the walls of Hawikku were perhaps 200 Zuni warriors, ready to defend their home. The clash of cultures that began with this little known battle would last for hundreds of years. Time Team America's Field School will use this historical context to engage local Zuni middle school students with archaeology and its related scientific processes, such as metal conservation and the dating of ceramic artifacts. A special panel of Native American experts will meet with the Zuni students.
Season 1 Site Reports:
- Fort Raleigh, North Carolina
Travel to Roanoke Island in search of the first English colony in America.
- Topper, South Carolina
Search for evidence of North America's first human inhabitants.
- New Philadelphia, Illinois
Search for a school in the first town founded by former slaves.
- Range Creek, Utah
Investigate a canyon for clues to the lives of the Fremont people.
- Fort James, South Dakota
Ride to the rescue of a Wild West time capsule.