Britain’s Ancient Past

A study day on the history of Britain from the arrival of the first hominids to the Roman invasion

Date:Sat, 23 March 2019
Pricing:Members £25, non-members £30
Time:10am to approx. 5pm
Contact:Any queries pls contact Andy Manning at events@cba-wessex.org.uk

Join Francis Taylor and Adrian Green to find out more about our prehistoric past on this friendly study day being held at Bishopstone Village Hall in the Chalke Valley..

 

  1. MYTHS AND ANCESTORS

How we created our own history. (Looking at early attempts to write history from Julius Caesar, Tacitus, Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth, William Camden, William Stukeley up to Colt Hoare & Cunnington.)

  1. THE CREATION OF THE BRITISH ISLES

Our earliest visitors. (Looking at the various glacial and interglacial periods and sites such as Happisburgh, Pakefield and Boxgrove.)

  1. WHO ARE WE AND WHERE DO WE COME FROM ?

A session on genetics. (Looking at early attempts to identify races via skull shapes, hair colour and blood groups up to modern isotope analysis and research into ancient DNA.)

  1. SETTLEMENT BEGINS 10000 – 4200 BC

The end of the Pleistocene and the start of the Holocene. (Looking at Mesolithic sites such as Star Carr, Bouldnor Cliff and Mount Sandel. Identifying Cheddar Man)

  1. NEW PEOPLE AND NEW IDEAS

The arrival of the “Neolithic Package”. (The arrival of agriculture, domesticated animals, pottery, polished stone axes and the earliest communal monuments. Looking at long barrows, court tombs, passage graves and causewayed enclosures.)

  1. THE LATE NEOLITHIC

The age of Stonehenge. (Henge monuments. Looking at major sites in Orkney and Wessex.)

  1. THE BRONZE AGE

The “Beaker Package “ arrives. (New ideas or new people? Metal replaces stone. Farming intensifies. The rise of a warrior elite.)

  1. THE IRON AGE

Episodes of conflict. (Connections with the continent. Round houses, crannogs and brochs. La Tene art. Chariot burials. Early coins. Hill forts. Tribal boundaries. Impact of the Roman presence in Gaul.)

  1. LANGUAGE

How did the inhabitants of the British Isles communicate with people on the Continent. The spread of Indo-European languages. The origin of what we now call Celtic.

 

There will be opportunities to view a collection of objects that Adrian will be bringing from the Salisbury Museum reserve collections.

 

Venue : Bishopstone Village Hall, Netton Street, Bishopstone, Salisbury, SP5 4AA

Coffee, tea and biscuits provided, but please remember to bring a packed lunch

Course Tutor : Francis Taylor

 


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