Excavator

Jeff Brown

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Born in the City of Brotherly Love and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Jeff Brown now resides as a tribal member on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William, VA. With treaties reaching back to 1646 and 1677, the Pamunkey is the oldest reservation in America. Jeff, a tribal councilman, entered into archaeology to help protect his tribe against a reservoir projected to be built on old tribal land. He was "bit hard by the archaeology bug," and has since assisted the College of William and Mary with three field schools at Werowacomoco, the native stronghold where Captain John Smith was brought as a captive to Chief Powhatan. Jeff has also worked CRM with Geo-Marine, CRI, and Data Investigations. He is a proficient shoveler, troweler and screener, never tiring of finding ancient artifacts. When not on an archaeological dig, Jeff spends his time fishing drift nets down the Pamunkey River bends. He's not one to be bored with pulling in crab pots, enjoying a good pub, or taking in beautiful sunsets on the Pamunkey River.

Q&A

Best Find?

Finger print on 1,000 yr. old granary at Range Creek, Utah.

Secret Dig Kit Weapon

An elk antler handled trowel

Favorite site?

Werowocomoco, VA (Powhatan’s seat of power) and the Lost Colony, NC. Both are Algonquin sites.

When did you first know you wanted to be an archaeologist?

Being at Werowocomoco as an Indian Advisory Committee member and realizing how important archaeology is to interpreting our history.

What is your favorite thing about working on Time Team America?

Meeting and working with really great people in front of and behind the camera.

What does Time Team America mean to you?

A chance to share my passion for archaeology with millions of people.

What do you hope is the take away for viewers of Time Team America?

That they get to see real archaeology brought into their homes.

Who inspires you?

Mom, in life and now in spirit.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned from investigating the past?

That our interpretations of history are always changing with our finds.

If you could be anyone from the past, who would it be and why?

Paramount Chief Powhatan. Bring peace and prosperity for all peoples in VA.

What is a day in the life like for you?

Fun!

There is no “casual Friday” in your work, so do you dress up on the weekends?

I’m the same person at work and at home, so, no. I don’t dress up on weekends.

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HOST

TIME TEAM

Dr. Joe Watkins

Dr. Joe Watkins

Lead Archaeologist

Dr. Meg Watters

Dr. Meg Watters

Remote Sensing & Visualization Specialist

Dr. Allan Maca

Dr. Allan Maca

Archaeologist

Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose

Archaeologist

GEOPHYSICS

Bryan Haley

Bryan Haley

Archaeological Geophysist

Duncan McKinnon

Dr. Duncan McKinnon

Geophysics Specialist

FIELD SCHOOL

Dr. Alexandra Jones

Dr. Alexandra Jones

Field School Director