TWO archaeological experts hailing from Bournemouth University (BU) are the newest members of revived TV series Time Team.

Dr Derek Pitman, of BU’s Archaeology and Anthropology department, and Lawrence Shaw, BU graduate and lead historic environment advisor for Forest England, have joined the Time Team cast as it returns to screens for its first new episodes in a decade.

The updated Time Team will kick off with excavations of two fascinating sites: an Iron Age settlement with underground tunnels in Cornwall, and a huge Roman villa on the estate of a Tudor castle in Oxfordshire.

Dr Pitman said: “It's amazing to be part of the Time Team, especially in this new format where it has been resurrected by the support of fans. We both grew up with the Time Team and it shaped our early understanding of Archaeology.”

Lawrence added: “What struck me is how passionate the whole team are about investigating archaeological sites and sharing that with the public. To see a three-day dig unfold while bringing in our own skills and specialism was truly incredible.”

The new episodes will premiere for free on the Time Team YouTube channel in March and April.