If you like British culture, the countryside, charming old historic homes & towns, real estate, relaxing shows, etc.
I can’t talk about archaeology televisions shows without mentioning Time Team – a British television show that ran from 1994-2014. It was my first archaeology love and is still my favorite show of all time. This incredibly unique show opened my eyes and heart to the past in such a compelling way.
But Time Team has some company. A few months ago, I’m sure I googled something like “archaeology TV shows” and I was very pleasantly surprised to discover another outstanding archaeology themed television program called Wild Archaeology.
This nicely named show just so happened to be Canadian-made and free to stream online. What are the odds?!
(Believe it or not, there’s also another Canadian-made archaeology show called The Naked Archaeologist – which I’ve watched a few episodes of on my library app)
Anyways, Wild Archaeology features three youthful and highly engaging First Nations hosts who go on an archaeological journey across Canada.
There’s an expert archaeologist (Dr. Rudy Reimer) from Simon Fraser University, and two enthusiastic ‘amateurs’ (Jacob Pratt & Jennifer Brousseau) who participate in digs and explorations and learn about archaeology and ancient First Nations and Canadian history along the way.
Here’s a more succinct summary of the show from aptn.ca:
“The archaeological record of the First Peoples of North America is scattered, fragmented, and could be lost forever…we are taken on a quest through the mountains, waterways, plains, and Arctic landscapes of Canada’s ancient archaeological record to discover first-hand the untold story of the original peoples of North America. For the first time in archaeological history twelve thousand years of human inhabitation of this land is vividly brought to life through thirteen episodes of Wild Archaeology.”
The show is viewable across Canada, but I don’t think you can stream it in the US – I know they can’t in the UK. Wild Archaeology is working on a second season.
Stream Here: http://aptn.ca/wildarchaeology/
More Info: http://wildarchaeology.com/home/
Too busy for that dream vacation? Can’t afford a trip right now? Well, the good news is you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to explore Europe.
I’m happy to share that Rick Steves, the well-known travel writer, tour guide, and television host, has officially uploaded over 100 full episodes of his show and lots more on the Rick Steves’ Europe YouTube Channel.
You’ve probably seen his yellow books in travel sections, or come across his show on local PBS stations. Now you can explore the show and Europe on demand.
Have an interest in Greece? There’s a show for that. Have an interest in Portugal? There’s a show for that. I could go on… And you can easily pick and choose destinations and additional topics via his YouTube playlists, including blog videos and travel lectures.
The shows are a nice mix of part sightseeing, part cultural education. They are especially engaging if you are interested in the show’s chosen destination. I find that Rick Steves’ Europe has beautiful camera work, well-written scripts and regular doses of cheesy and charming humor.
I’ve enjoyed a number of the show’s episodes, and happened to be following Rick’s facebook page when the latest season (season 9) was released on YouTube. So I got special access to the newest shows sooner than most.
One of the first episodes I remember watching was the one(s) on Paris. It was a really nice European escape for me.
Overall though, three of the most memorable shows for me are: