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
The Mystery of Mine Howe,
Bodies in the Dunes, Outer
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?
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
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,
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
There are many other Time
Tem videos made in Scotland. You can find them on YouTube at