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TIME TEAM AMERICA, the show that combines archaeological discovery with good storytelling, is back for a gripping second season. Each of the four new episodes explores a different region and time in U.S. history through the eyes, ears and expertise of a team of adventurous archaeologists. The first two episodes of TIME TEAM AMERICA air nationwide Tuesday, August 19, 2014, followed by the second two on August 26, 9 p.m. EST and PST, 8 p.m. Central on PBS.

In each one-hour episode of TIME TEAM AMERICA, archaeologists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Chelsea Rose and excavator Jeff Brown join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. Part adventure, part hard science, part reality show, TIME TEAM AMERICA applies the latest technology and the team’s collective expertise to solving the riddles of the past—against a ticking clock. The team has just three days to find out what it can at each site.

Here’s what’s in store for the team in season two:

• Tucked between upscale homes in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, DC, are the remains of an 1830s plantation—once home to Josiah Henson, the enslaved man who inspired the character of Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What remains here of his life and legacy?

• In western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early human-made weapons. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows? What can these bison bones teach us about our ancient past? 

• Camp Lawton, near Millen, Georgia, housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can TIME TEAM AMERICA find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what can they tell us of the hellish experiences of the prisoners once held captive here?

• The site of what is believed to have been a 1,200-year-old village is located near Mesa Verde, Colorado. Recent discoveries at the site—located at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center—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 is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Videotext Communications, Ltd. and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the series, meet the team and watch behind-the-scenes videos at http://www.pbs.org/opb/timeteam/.

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The team on location in Maryland. Can they find evidence of the life and legacy of Josiah Henson?

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The team on location in Maryland. Can they find evidence of the life and legacy of Josiah Henson?

Chelsea Rose and Justine Shapiro examine findings in Badger Hole, Oklahoma.

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Chelsea Rose and Justine Shapiro examine findings in Badger Hole, Oklahoma.

The teeth preserved in this ancient bison jaw bone gave the team important clues about how people and animals may have lived 10,000 years ago.

Shervin Hess/Oregon Public Broadcasting

The teeth preserved in this ancient bison jaw bone gave the team important clues about how people and animals may have lived 10,000 years ago.

Time Team America surveys a site in western Oklahoma.

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Time Team America surveys a site in western Oklahoma.

Members of Time Team America hard at work excavating 10,000-year-old bison bones.

Shervin Hess/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Members of Time Team America hard at work excavating 10,000-year-old bison bones.

Chelsea Rose excavates a floor Josiah Henson may have walked on nearly 200 years ago.

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Chelsea Rose excavates a floor Josiah Henson may have walked on nearly 200 years ago.

Excavator Jeff Brown experiences a shebang, or makeshift shelter, at the site of a Civil War-era prison in Georgia.

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Excavator Jeff Brown experiences a shebang, or makeshift shelter, at the site of a Civil War-era prison in Georgia.

The team uncovers the site of a Pueblo village in Colorado

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

The team uncovers the site of a Pueblo village in Colorado

Justine Shapiro is a documentary filmmaker, a travel television host, and mother. Her genuine desire and curiosity to learn more about people and places in the U.S. around the world makes her the perfect guide into the fascinating world of archaeology.

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Justine Shapiro is a documentary filmmaker, a travel television host, and mother. Her genuine desire and curiosity to learn more about people and places in the U.S. around the world makes her the perfect guide into the fascinating world of archaeology.

Dr. Joe Watkins is a Choctaw Indian and one of only a small group of American Indians with a Ph.D. in Archaeology. His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and experimental archaeology, which uses replica tools to discover how people of the past went about the activities of daily life.

Tracey Whitney/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Dr. Joe Watkins is a Choctaw Indian and one of only a small group of American Indians with a Ph.D. in Archaeology. His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and experimental archaeology, which uses replica tools to discover how people of the past went about the activities of daily life.

Dr. Meg Watters specializes in applying remote sensing techniques to help solve archaeological problems.

Tracey Whitney

Dr. Meg Watters specializes in applying remote sensing techniques to help solve archaeological problems.

Dr. Allan Maca is an archaeologist, historian, and social scientist who studies ancient cities, architecture, ritual plants, and the philosophy of science.

Tracey Whitney/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Dr. Allan Maca is an archaeologist, historian, and social scientist who studies ancient cities, architecture, ritual plants, and the philosophy of science.

Chelsea Rose, a Time Team archaeologist, specializes in the early settlement and development of the American West.

Tracey Whitney/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Chelsea Rose, a Time Team archaeologist, specializes in the early settlement and development of the American West.

 

 

 

 

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