PBS Science Café Digs into Archeology
Ruth Bylander, South Dakota Public Broadcasting
What happens when Indiana Jones meets reality? It can be pretty exciting.
The public can talk about archeology with Dr. Adrien Hannus, one of the stars of the new PBS series TIME TEAM AMERICA. South Dakota Public Broadcasting presents a Science Café event on Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m., at McNally’s Irish Pub at 69th & Western in Sioux Falls. Participants (ages 21 and older only) are invited to come early and order dinner and/or drinks. (Due to construction on 69th Street, participants should plan to arrive via Western Avenue.)
Hannus, professor of archeology at Augustana College, is the lead investigator for TIME TEAM AMERICA, a new PBS series airing on SDPB Television on Wednesdays, July 8-29 and Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. In the program, he and a skilled team from around the country go to archeology sites to uncover the secrets of the past.
The Science Café offers the public an informal atmosphere to explore science and meet someone whose work is in a scientific field. The Science Café is one of a series planned by South Dakota Public Broadcasting with support from NOVA scienceNOW/ WGBH Boston.
About Dr. Adrien Hannus
Dr. Adrien Hannus was born in Wichita, Kansas. During the Vietnam conflict, Hannus served as a lieutenant in military intelligence, where he worked with the CIA on counter-insurgency operations. After receiving his M.A. in Anthropology from Wichita State University and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Hannus devoted his talents to working in the Great Plains region for almost 30 years, and also conducted archeological field projects in Egypt and Mexico. He has been involved in excavations at the Neanderthal cave site of Coudoulous in southern France and recently oversaw completion of the "Archeodome," a new state-of-the-art research and teaching facility that allows excavation to be conducted year-round at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in South Dakota. Fascinated by the theory of Early Man's migration into the Americas across the Bering Strait, Hannus has researched and written about Early Man in the New World, Communal Land Mammal Hunting and Butchering and Man and Culture in the Pleistocene. He is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archeology Lab at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
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About TIME TEAM AMERICA
Part adventure, part hard science and part reality show, TIME TEAM AMERICA takes viewers deep into the trenches of America’s most intriguing archeological sites. The new national series features a science team led by South Dakotan Dr. Adrien Hannus, a professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. The show scheduled Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. CT/ 6 MT, features a South Dakota site.
For the premiere season, TIME TEAM AMERICA visits five sites across the country. In each episode, the show’s team of top scientists has just three days to uncover the buried secrets at their assigned site. 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.
Five episodes of TIME TEAM AMERICA will air this summer on SDPB Television and the entire PBS system.
The new series is based on Britain’s long-running and highly successful “Time Team.” After the TIME TEAM AMERICA series, on Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., the TIME TEAM SPECIAL EDITION will show the British team’s excavation at Jamestown in America.
TIME TEAM AMERICAN shows include:
- “Fort Raleigh, North Carolina” (July 8) – In the series premiere, TIME TEAM AMERICA goes in search of our nation’s mysterious roots at Roanoke Island. In 1586, the English sent the first group of hardy, hopeful colonists to the New World. When English ships returned with supplies just three years later, they found the settlement empty and the colonists gone. The colonists had left behind only one clue: the word Croatan carved in the gatepost of their fort. It took 20 years for the stunned English to establish another settlement in America. The fate of the Roanoke colonists remains one of the most chilling and maddening questions of American history. TIME TEAM AMERICA spends three days at Fort Raleigh in hot pursuit of archeological evidence that will put the ghost of Roanoke to rest and establish where the first colony in America was actually located.
- “Topper, South Carolina” (July 15) – TIME TEAM AMERICA wades into the swamps of South Carolina to find the truth about North America’s first human inhabitants. Experts debate when people first came to this land. Did they follow big game across the continent 15,000 years ago or did they arrive much, much earlier? TIME TEAM AMERICA has three days to search out evidence that could shed light on the controversy. What they find could rock the archeological world. Along the way, they glimpse what life was like in North America 15,000 years ago and discover what may have happened to the continent’s first people.
- “New Philadelphia, Illinois” (July 22) – TIME TEAM AMERICA digs for the remains of the first American town founded by freed slaves. In 1836, “Free Frank” McWorter purchased his freedom from a Kentucky plantation owner and headed north. When he reached Illinois, he planted roots, started a town and sold enough property to purchase the rest of his family out of slavery. Now, a farmer’s field covers this dramatic testament to victory over enslavement. The local landowners and the McWorter family want to uncover what remains of New Philadelphia to memorialize its history and the history of their ancestors.
- “Range Creek, Utah” (July 29) – TIME TEAM AMERICA heads to the picturesque and remote canyons of southern Utah to examine what remains of the Fremont Indians, who vanished 1,000 years ago. The Fremont stashed their food in clay granaries high on the cliffs of these canyons. They entered their homes through a hole in the ceiling and decorated rock walls with mysterious petroglyphs that remain a mystery to this day. Utah’s state archeologist calls in TIME TEAM AMERICA to examine some of the most pristine and puzzling archeology in the United States. The team probes the ground, scales the cliffs and learns what life was like in these canyons a thousand years ago.
- “Fort James, South Dakota” (August 12)--The archaeologists of TIME TEAM AMERICA ride to the rescue of a Wild West time capsule. In 1865, a unit of cavalry soldiers thought they had volunteered to fight in the Civil War. Instead, they found themselves sent west to defend pioneer settlers against angry Sioux Indians in what is now South Dakota. Upon their arrival, the soldiers built one of the only stone forts in the American West. The fort’s pink granite walls still peek out from under a grassy field. The team has just three days to map, dig and uncover what remains of Fort James, near Mitchell, and what they find tells an intriguing tale of frontier life in 1865.
The members of the Time Team include:
- Colin Campbell, artist and host;
- Dr. Adrien Hannus, team leader, professor at Augustana College in South Dakota;
- Dr. Joe Watkins, director of Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, and member of the Choctaw Nation;
- Dr. Julie Schablitsky, member of the research faculty at the University of Oregon;
- Eric Deetz, public archeologist;
- Chelsea Rose, archeology graduate student and lead digger for TIME TEAM AMERICA; and
- Dr. Meg Watters, geophysicist.
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