Britain Begins: Who Were Our Earliest Ancestors?3:00pm | Thursday 13 September 2012
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Renowned archaeologist Professor Barry Cunliffe sets off in search of our earliest ancestors, following the trail as bands of hunter-gathers first followed the retreating ice north 12,000 years ago and continuing up to the eve of the Norman conquest. He explains how modern archaeology turns many of our long-held assumptions on the head, including about the origin of the Celts, the impact of the Roman occupation and the extent of ebb and flow between the populations of Britain and the continent.
Britain Begins is also about the development of modern archaeology. Cunliffe looks at the first investigations of stone circles and monoliths 250 years ago and examines the latest DNA and isotope studies of human remains that allow us to track the movements of populations.
Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He has written many bestselling books and was knighted in 2006.