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Explore The Past With Time Team America

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The United States of America may be young compared to many countries, but our nation is full of fascinating history. On OPB’s Time Team America, a group of adventure-seeking archaeologists have three days to uncover what they can at dig sites throughout the country. From a Civil War prison to a 1,200-year-old village, each episode of Time Team America reveals new and exciting information about our shared history.

In addition to four new episodes this season, Time Team America has an interactive website full of resources for parents, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about archaeology and the sciences that support it. In addition to behind-the-scenes video clips and full episodes of the series, it boasts plenty of learning materials for scientists of all experience levels. Here are just a few examples of what you’ll find there:

Archaeology 101
Just like it sounds, this page outlines the what, where, why and how of archaeology.

Ways to Engage Youth with STEM
In this interview, archaeologist and educator Dr. Alexandra Jones shares tips on getting kids excited about STEM.

Contributing Experts
Part of a series of exclusive web videos, in this clip botanist Greg McKee explains how important plants are to unlocking the secrets of the past.  

Tools of the Trade
From the trowel to the backhoe, different sites require different tools. This article explains the difference between a line level and a compass, as well as when to use your archaeological secret weapon.

Glossary of Terms
From arroyo to stratigraphy, this glossary defines the archaeological terms used on Time Team America.

So You Want to Be an Archaeologist?
Learn why it takes a lot more than a passion for studying the past to become an archaeologist in this short video featuring the hosts of Time Team America.

Archaeology in Your Area: Get Involved
Want to try your hand at archaeology? Here’s how to get started.

Time Team America airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on OPB TV through July 7, 2014.

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