Full disclosure--my daughter is an archaeologist, so I'm a bit prejudiced in liking the show. The conceit is simple, they have three days to dig at a site. This is good and bad. They are often hindered by the constraints of time, but it is also very factual in that many digs are small time affairs that are limited with resources and funding. It also makes for a more suspenseful episode. It IS television, after all. Tony Robinson is the engaging everyman host of the show. The archaeologists are all legit and experts in their fields. Papers have been published with some of their finds. These are real people, not prettied up celebs chosen simply because they look good. Watch especially for the field workers who get little or no real screen time. They do the grunt work, but often make the real finds. And watch for the little things that show you what this field is really like. Notice nobody enters a site without the express permission of the main leader of that pit/dig. That is to prevent accidently stepping on something that may not be visible or is actively being worked. And notice how the give and take is done with respect for the specialty of the person involved. Despite being for television, this is a real down and dirty dig. I flew through two entire seasons in a weekend. Fortunately, there are some 20 seasons and various specials.