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Time Team Videos


I confess that the Time Team series has always been one of my most favourite television programs which are on Channel 4 in the UK. I have enquired from time to time to see if I could purchase a set of the programs but to no avail.  I was thus delighted to discover than many of their programs are now available on YouTube and thus thought I'd bring you a wee selection of them that were based in Scotland. All these videos are around 48 minutes in length.

The Mystery of Mine Howe, Orkney

Bodies in the Dunes, Outer Hebrides

Fetlar, Shetlands
Time Team treks to one of the outermost Shetland Islands in an attempt to reveal the truth behind an ancient local myth. A cliff-top mound has long been known as the Giant's Grave. But what does it conceal? And could it be connected with some Viking pottery found in a nearby garden? Battling time and weather conditions, the team unveil some extraordinary and rare finds. Will they hold the vital clues?

Orkney, Scotland
Time Team's third outing sees them in Scotland, after schoolchildren on the Orkney island of Sanday asked them to investigate local mounds that could, reputedly, be of Viking origin. This is the first time the Team have looked for Norse archaeological finds.

Lords of the Isles (Finlaggan Islay, Western Isles)
The Time Team have just three days to investigate a site in the remote Western Isles of Scotland. On Islay, home to some or the finest malt whiskies, the team join a dig that is running out of time. Battling against the elements they try to crack the mysteries of the Lord of the Isles - where were these 13th Century Kings crowned and how did they live?

Mull
Time Team descend on the Isle of Mull at the invitation of two local amateur archaeologists to investigate a mysterious set of earthworks in a forest near Tobermory. Could they be the remains of a chapel from the time of St Columba?

Time Team in Govan, Glasgow 1997

Leven, Fife
A rare Bronze Age cemetery is the prompt for Tony and the Team to take on a rescue mission in Fife, Scotland. Developers are keen to move on to the land and there is just time to uncover and excavate the graves. But can they solve the mystery of the huge stone-covered burial at the heart of the cemetery?

Loch.Migdale, Scottish.Highlands
At the western end of Loch Migdale, in the Scottish Highlands, sits a mysterious island. It could be a crannog; a man-made prehistoric island probably inhabited at some point in prehistory. On the shore nearby, there is an enigmatic circle cut into the ground. It might be a henge, or a cairn - no-one is sure - but it also seems to have been left by the prehistoric people who lived in this part of Scotland. The team work flat out in these beautiful surroundings, diving, hill walking and digging as they piece together the extraordinary story of Highland life 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.

Drumlanrig, Dumfries
Twenty years ago, the Duke of Buccleuch discovered that the remains of a Roman fort might lie a few hundred metres from his home, Drumlanrig Castle near Dumfries.

Roxburgh, Scotland
Five hundred years ago, a major city occupied what is now a large and empty field in the Scottish Borders. Founded by a king as a hub for international trade, Roxburgh was, along with Edinburgh, Stirling and Berwick, one of the four great centres of medieval Scotland. But while the other three became thriving cities, Roxburgh simply vanished. There are plenty of documents but only a ruined castle remains as a clue to the town's layout. It has lain untouched since its final decline in the 16th century - now Tony and the Team have a unique chance to uncover whatever remains under the pasture.

Kinlochbervie, Scotland
Originally discovered by divers from RAF Lossemouth three years ago, an amazing shipwreck lies some 20 metres down on the seabed just off the coast of Kinlochbervie, in north-west Scotland. Finds of cannons, anchors and pottery have been discovered. But how did this ship end up here, and was she once part of the Spanish Armada?

The Crannog in Loch Tay


 


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