Time Team America

Part extreme adventure, part hard science and part reality show, Time Team America by PBS takes viewers deep into the trenches of America’s most intriguing archaeological sites. In each episode, the show’s team of top scientists has just three days to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned dig. Every hour counts as they piece together the past using the latest technology, decades of combined experience and their own sharp wits. Far from the comfort of a science lab, Time Team America faces searing heat, driving rain, alligator-infested swamps, frayed nerves and the inevitable technical setbacks. Through it all, the audience peers over the shoulders of diggers at work, eavesdrops on intense conversations between experts and shares the rush of discovery as artifacts emerge from the ground.

This PBS series brings viewers into the trenches of working archaeological digs for three intense days—showing them what it takes to uncover the story of America. Airing on broadcast television, Time Team America descends on a new site each episode, traveling to Roanoke Island, North Carolina, the swamps of South Carolina, the fields of rural Illinois, the canyons of Utah and the South Dakota prairie in search of America’s roots.

The series featured Dr. Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College. Dr. Hannus has nearly 40 years of archaeological experience, specializing in prehistoric and historic cultural dynamics.