While the original Romans came from Rome, by the time the Roman Army invaded Britain it was made up of soldiers from across the Roman Empire. The empire stretched across Europe to the Middle East and Africa. There is evidence that the Emperor Claudius brought elephants to Britain with his troops. There is also evidence of African pottery being used in what is now Scotland.

First broadcast:
7 November 2008

Students could discuss how we can be certain of past events and the importance of evidence in solving puzzles about the past. How is the evidence found? Students could discuss who it is that solves puzzles about the past. On maps, students could plot the route which the Roman Army took to get to Britain. Students could go on to find out what other things the Romans brought to Britain, and how these things continue to influence our lives today.