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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