Age of Bronze

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Duration: 1 hour

Neil Oliver continues his epic tour of Britain's most distant past with the arrival of metals and the social revolution that ushered in a new age of social mobility, international trade, and village life.

  • Neil Oliver wields a Bronze sword

    Neil Oliver wields a Bronze sword

    Watch a clip of Neil making a Bronze Age style sword
  • Public Places to Visit

    GRIME'S GRAVES - PREHISTORIC FLINT MINE
    Lynford, Thetford, Norfolk

    ROSS ISLAND COPPER MINE
    Killarney National Park
    County Kerry, Ireland

    AMESBURY ARCHER
    Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
    Salisbury

    BRONZE SWORDS AND AXES
    National Museum of Scotland
    Chambers Street, Edinburgh

    KILMARTIN HOUSE MUSEUM
    Kilmartin, Argyll

    BRONZE AGE BOAT - DOVER MUSEUM
    Dover, Kent

    BRONZE AGE SETTLEMENT
    Flag Fen Archaeology Park
    Northey Road, Peterborough

    BRONZE AGE SETTLEMENT
    Dartmoor National Park
    Devon

  • List of References

    Francis Pryor - Britain BC

    Francis Pryor - The Making of the British Landscape

    Michael Parker Pearson - Bronze Age Britain

    Andrew Flemming - The Dartmoor Reaves

  • 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.

    Try out our activities with your family
  • 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.

    Find days out near you
  • 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
  • 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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