Behind the scenes at Time Team by Tim Taylor
ISBN: 0 7522 1327 X

Channel 4 Books 1998

Time Team is Britain’s most popular archaeological programme, fascinating armchair explorers as the team seeks to find evidence of earlier life and work at a vast range of historical sites from prehistory to the more recent past.
Using a selection of sites as case studies-Cooper’s Hole near the Cheddar Gorge dating back to 10,000BC, sixteenth Century docklands in Kent, Josiah Wedgwood’s first kiln in Stoke-on-Trent, Roman ironworks near Battle and the crash site of a second world war bomber in Norfolk- Tim Taylor, the series producer, provides an insight into the initial choice of site and background research, through the trials and tribulations of filming the dig, to post-production work.
In behind the scenes at Time Team, Tim seeks to create a full picture of what life on location is like for the Time Team. In each case he describes the archaeological techniques used, the strategies the team employed and the failures they faced as things didn’t turn out quite as expected. This book not only elaborates on the archaeological research we see on film, but also enables the reader to share the action behind the camera.
Behind the scenes at Time Team is illustrated throughout with sketches, cartoons and above all Chris Bennett’s unique photographs. Having been allowed complete access behind the scenes Chris was able to capture many revealing shots that reflect the tensions and the human drama that make up each three day dig.