Age of Ancestors

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Duration: 1 hour

Neil Oliver continues the story of how today's Britain and its people were forged over thousands of years of ancient history. It's 4,000 BC and the first farmers arrive from Europe, with seismic consequences for the local hunter-gatherers.

  • LIST OF LOCATIONS

    Carnac in Brittany - The Carnac Stones.

    Coldrum Longbarrow - 11km NE of Rochester Kent - OS Ref TQ654607 - Evidence of first farmers in Britain.

    Crickley Hill - 7km N of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire - OS Ref SO928161 - Neil firing the longbow.

    West Kennet Longbarrow - 9km ENE of Marlborough in Wiltshire - Mortuary rituals.

    Ceide Fields - The Ceide Fields Centre, Ballycastle, County Mayo Ireland - OS Ref GO52408 - Neolithic field system hidden beneath the peat.

    Windmill Hill - OS Ref SU087714.

    Stonehenge Cursus - OS Ref SU1206342957.

    Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London. SW7 5BD - The bones of the first farmers.

  • REFERENCE LIST

    'Britain BC' by Francis Pryor
    'Prehistoric Britain' edited by Joshua Pollard
    'The Archaelogy of People - Dimensions of Neolithic Life' by Alasdair Whittle
    'Prehistoric Cooking' by Jacqui Wood
    'Tasting the Past: Recipes from the Stone Age to the Present' by Jacqui Wood

  • VISIT ANCIENT BRITAIN WITH HANDS ON HISTORY

    VISIT ANCIENT BRITAIN WITH HANDS ON HISTORY

    Create a stone circle, make a cave painting or use our guide to evoke the sights and sounds of ancient Britain.

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  • HANDS ON HISTORY DAYS OUT

    HANDS ON HISTORY DAYS OUT

    Visit the BBC Things to Do site to find history activities around Britain and Northern Ireland.

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  • HANDS ON HISTORY ANIMATIONS

    HANDS ON HISTORY ANIMATIONS

    What would life have been like in prehistoric times? Watch our animation.

    A Day in the Life...Of A 10-Year-Old in Ancient Britain

Credits

Presenter
Neil Oliver
Presenter
Neil Oliver
Presenter
Neil Oliver
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie

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