Neil Oliver begins an epic quest through the entire world of our prehistoric ancestors to explore into how our lands and its peoples came to be from the glacial wasteland of 12 000BC through the glories of the Stone Age. He travels the British Isles to piece together this remarkable story: of how our ancestors emerged from the last ice age as bands of hunter gatherers to forge a society... hamlets farms and international traders. By taking us on this journey we will see the very beginnings of civilization - in art and religion; home and work; status and trade. But... most of all it will place our land centre stage in all its glory and reveal its place in the spiritual lives of the people who lived here... a land on the edge of the world. Neil will investigate the big monuments anew... as well as some of the little known ones that hold some of the biggest secrets. And by tapping into the latest scientific detective work and experimental archaeology we will get under the skin of this mysterious world the lives of the people who inhabited it and the tipping points that changed their lives and made ours. [show more]
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In this fascinating series, TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver (Coast, A History of Scotland) travels the British Isles to tell the story of the very beginnings of our land and its people. The series traces the development of Britain, from the glacial wasteland of 12,000 BC, through the glories of the Stone Age to the magnificence of international Bronze Age society - following the growth of farming and trade; the establishment of homes and hamlets and the sophisticated spiritual life of the country, including the incredible creation of the monument at Stonehenge. In an engrossing series, Neil Oliver travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to explore some of its greatest wonders, discover the significance of renowned and lesser-known monuments and reveal how modern science is solving many ancient mysteries.
All eight episodes of the BBC ancient history series presented by Neil Oliver, which looks back thousands of years to tell the story of how Britain and its people first came to be. From the glacial wasteland of ice-age mammoth hunters through to the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, the series taps into the latest discoveries and experimental archaeology to show how science is helping to solve some of the longest-enduring mysteries of ancient technology, such as how Stonehenge was constructed.