Time Team America plunges the viewer into the grime and glory of real-life archaeology: epiphany and exhaustion, discovery and disappointment.
Search for Josiah Henson
An acre of land in a Maryland suburb holds vital clues to life on southern plantations during the height of slavery. Josiah Henson once lived here as the enslaved overseer of the Riley plantation. Henson wrote the autobiography that inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel that galvanized the abolitionist movement. Can the team find evidence of Henson's life here?
Bones of Badger Hole
Working against a three-day deadline the team digs for the skeletons of long extinct bison that roamed Oklahoma 10,000 years ago. Could this be the largest bison kill site in North America from the Folsom period? What can we learn about bison behavior, hunting practices and what hunters understood about their quarry?
Lost Civil War Prison
Near the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers quickly erected a prison to take the over-flow from Andersonville, an effort to fix design problems and over-crowding. The new stockade housed 10,000 prisoners. Yet one Union prisoner described Camp Lawton as "Andersonville all over again." When General Sherman's forces approached, prisoners and guards fled quickly and left bits and pieces of their lives behind. What will the relics the team finds tell us about life in a Civil War prison?
Lost Pueblo Village
The team uses airborne 3D mapping and ground- penetrating radar to explore the extent of a Basket Maker III community that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. What more can we learn from these people that forged significant technological breakthroughs like farming, pottery and the bow and arrow? Was this one of the first villages in this region that marked a transition from hunting and gathering to farming? Was this one of the sites that gave birth to the Pueblo culture?