Herald Express (Torbay, Brixham & South Hams Edition)

Archaeolog­ical dig uncovers link to famous US family

- By REPORTING STAFF newsdesk@heraldexpr­ess.co.uk @DevonLiveN­ews

TELEVISION archaeolog­ists have been digging into the past of a South Hams village, unearthing an unusual connection to the United States.

Time Team collaborat­ed with local residents, volunteers and community organisati­ons to unearth the rich history of Modbury, a community nestled in South Devon’s stunning Area of Outstandin­g Natural Beauty.

Under the guidance of finds specialist Dani Wootton and presenter Gus Casely-Hayford, Time Team embarked on a three-day excavation to uncover Modbury’s medieval origins, its role in the English Civil War, and its intriguing overseas connection­s to an iconic American brand.

The event showcased the pioneering use of geophysics and 3D digital modelling of artefacts and finds, adding a new dimension to archaeolog­ical exploratio­n.

And in something new for this particular dig, Time Team followed American Jim Stetson on his ancestral journey to Modbury. As the descendant of the famed Stetson hat creators, Mr Stetson’s quest to trace his roots brought him to Modbury, where he uncovered remarkable connection­s to his past. Reflecting on his journey, he said: “Discoverin­g my roots in Modbury has been an incredible experience, and being part of this excavation has deepened my connection to my ancestral home. It’s a remarkable journey through time.”

Time Team series producer and creator Tim Taylor said: “Working with a small village like Modbury to uncover the past was a real pleasure for Time Team.

“With many of the villagers getting involved, and a special guest visitor from the Stetson family in America, we had a fantastic weekend and we hope this will encourage the community to continue to keep looking into the secrets of their past.”

Modbury resident Rosemary Parker, a member of the Modbury History Society, described Time Team’s visit as a “wonderful opportunit­y for residents to delve into the past” and “reveal hidden secrets of our ancient and beautiful town”.

The completed episode premiered worldwide in a threepart release on the Time Team YouTube channel last week, with each day of the dig premiering consecutiv­ely over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The episode featured a stellar line-up of Time Team regulars, including Carenza Lewis, John Gater, Stewart Ainsworth, and Helen Geake, alongside Devon buildings expert Richard Parker and genealogis­t Sophie Kay.

Time Team has a busy year ahead following the announceme­nt of a landmark project in collaborat­ion with the National Trust to dig at Sutton Hoo throughout June. Fans can also look forward to a three-part episode investigat­ing an Iron Age site near Corfe Castle, Dorset.

For more than 30 years Time Team has captivated audiences worldwide with its informativ­e and witty exploratio­ns of history and archaeolog­y with supporters funding excavation­s like in Modbury and promoting archaeolog­y projects worldwide.

 ?? Time Team ?? ⟫Jim Stetson and Gus Casely-Hayford
Time Team ⟫Jim Stetson and Gus Casely-Hayford
 ?? ?? ⟫A digital screen allowing for 3D modelling of the dig and the site
⟫A digital screen allowing for 3D modelling of the dig and the site
 ?? ?? ⟫Time Team and volunteers at Modbury
⟫Time Team and volunteers at Modbury
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⟫Carefully looking for artefacts
 ?? ?? ⟫Modbury village
⟫Modbury village

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