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The Ultimate Time Team Companion: An Alternative History of Britain [Paperback]

Tim Taylor
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21 Sep 2001
Most of us can name at least a few of the major events, places and people in British history. But the details are often more confusing. Did the Saxons come before or after the Romans? Did King Arthur really exist? When did Charles I lose his head or Wellington defeat Napoleon at Waterloo? In "The Ultimate Time Team Companion" Tim Taylor draws on the expertise of the Time Team contributors to answer all your questions about the programme, including a guide to all 50 excavation sites illustrating our British history from the dawn of time to the modern age. It also follows the team in five photo stories as they explore Cirencester, northern France, Basing House, Flag Fen and Elveden in Suffolk.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Channel 4 (21 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752261703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752261706
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tim Taylor is the series producer on Time Team and author of the Behind the Scenes at Time Team Sunday Times bestseller. He began his career in teaching, including two years VSO, before setting up Videotext Communications to produce a wide range of programmes not normally covered by mainstream television. Time Team has received two Royal Television Society awards, a Bafta nomination, and the British Archaeological Award for the best archaeological programme in the last twenty-one years.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the jacket! 15 Feb 2002
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If you're a fan of 'Time Team' and enjoy the exploits, expertise and eccentricities of Mick, Phil, Tony, Carenza and company, then you really ought to have a copy of this on your bookshelf. Although it doesn't go into as much detail about any particular dig or site as some of the other 'Time Team' books, it ties all their digs and programmes into a cohesive timeline through history. Plenty of pictures and anecdotes, and a delight to dip into when there's no 'Time Team' on the box...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a historian's library 20 Feb 2001
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Calling this 'an alternative history of Britain' is, perhaps, a bit pretentious but it is a book which should grace the shelves of any serious historian. An easy read but full of serious work.
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This book is well written, in a style that allows even the most ignorant to gain a greater understanding of the major events in world history and to place them in chronological relation to others. Relating these to factual finds in the excellent Time Team programme simply makes history real, tangible and accessible to all. I would recommend this book to children, parents and grandparents!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Whilst this book bills itself as a "fascinating view of British history" it is essentially a chronological list of all the Time Team digs to date. Don't get me wrong, it's a well written book with some lovely photographs, interspersed with some of the major events in British history, but it's not the history reference that you may at first think.
If you're a fan of Time Team (and I am), then this is a book you really should have. If you merely want a history textbook, there are more appropriate ones available.
Because of the sheer number of digs Time Team has had, there's not much room for detail. If you want more of an insight into how the Time Team concept works, then you may be better off with "Behind the scenes at Time Team" which goes into detail on five different digs.
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