Age of Cosmology

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Duration: 1 hour

Neil Oliver continues his journey through the world of Ancient Britain as he encounters an age of cosmological priests and some of the greatest monuments of the Stone Age, including Stonehenge itself. This is a time of elite travellers, who were inventing the very idea of Heaven itself.

  • LIST OF LOCATIONS

    Swinside Stone Circle - near Broughton-in-Furness - OS Ref SD172882.
    Skara Brae - Orkney Mainland - OS Ref HY229187.
    Maeshowe Passage Tomb - Orkney Mainland - OS Ref HY318127.
    Ring of Brodgar - Orkney Mainland - OS Ref HY294134.
    Stones of Stenness - Orkney Mainland - OS Ref HY307125.
    Stonehenge, Wilthsire.
    Durrington Walls, Wiltshire - OS Ref SU150438.
    Knowth Macehead - on display at National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
    Bru na Boinne.

  • REFERENCE LIST

    'Newgrange' by Geraldine Stout
    'Between the Wind and the Water' by Caroline Wickham Jones
    'Stonehenge Complete' by Christopher Chippendale
    'Stonehenge: A Biography of a Landscape' by Timothy Darvill
    'Bronze Age Britain' by Mike Parker Pearson

  • 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

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  • HANDS ON HISTORY ANIMATIONS

    HANDS ON HISTORY ANIMATIONS

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  • BBC TV BLOG

    BBC TV BLOG

    Presenter Neil Oliver on what A History Of Ancient Britain meant to him personally: "To come so close to the way some individual, man or woman, was thinking all those millennia ago, while the Ice Age waxed and waned, was very moving for me."

    Read Neil's post at the BBC TV blog
  • ANCIENT BRITISH HISTORY IN DEPTH

    ANCIENT BRITISH HISTORY IN DEPTH

    Before the arrival of the Romans, Britain was home to a wide array of sophisticated and thriving cultures. Find out more about them now.

    Visit the British Prehistory page on BBC History

Credits

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

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