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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Series, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: A History of Ancient Britain - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is another excellent BBC History series this time exploring the ancient History of Britain from prehistoric times to the Roman Invasion of 43 B.C. Neil Oliver is excellent in presenting this series and his enthusiasm really rubs off. It's amazing to me how advanced Humans were thousands of years ago and the organization and manpower needed to construct places such as Stonehenge.

An interesting series and I would highly recommend this to lovers of history and archaeology.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2012 10:59:40 GMT
15 Jan. Andrew, people ("Humans") were just like you and me in looks, feelings, and fundamental behaviours (courteous and generous amongst others), far back as at least 150 to 200 000 yrs BP. What was different was that there were very few, and so lived in small bands, and lived at one with the natural world as Neil points out. Where I work in the Kimberley, remote far NW WA, Aboriginal people have lived for at least 65 000 yrs, and have the longest continuous cosmology (religion). All their intellectual effort was focussed on doing interesting things with copious spare time, not building stuff nor going to war. Interesting things include drama song and dance, art, and connecting with previous generations (the "Old People" they call them). Sure there was violence, almost all to do with women, same as now. As an Aboriginal friend said to me, "We were a kind and quiet people". I'd like to think it was the same with my ancestors who arrived in Europe 40 000 yrs BP (acc to mitochondrial dna), whole would also then have been dark skinned. Dr John Boulton. paediatric specialist and would-be anthropologist.

Posted on 21 May 2012 14:24:11 BDT
D. Milne says:
I agree with the reviewer: curiosity about these "ancient" peoples is what makes me so interested in series such as these. It seems to be generally agreed that fully modern humans (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) have been on this planet for at least 40,000 years. Those people would therefore have been every bit as intelligent and capable as you or I, and yet our entire recorded history is only the last 1000 years or so. Even taking "ancient" civilisations into account, a la this series, takes us back maybe 5000 years and includes the era of Stonehenge. What were we doing for the preceding 35,000 years? We seem to have no clue. Even if we restrict our curiousity to the UK, post the last ice age, that still leaves a missing 13000 years or so! This provides endless fascination for me. It's such a pity that history teaching in schools and most tv concentrates so much on nob biographies, and covers none of the really interesting stuff.

Posted on 20 Dec 2014 08:13:58 GMT
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Leila Pinky says:
Do you not mean the Roman Invasion on 43AD to approx. 450-500BC when the Anglo Saxons invaded pushing many of the Celts to the Western area of England. King Alfred the Great was hunted down. He went into hiding and fought the onslaught of the Vikings who with an arrangement took over the North Southern part of England including East Anglia. This was after Christ bot before as England was already becoming Christian by the time the Vikings arrived. Am I right or wrong. I am fairly certain I am right in this it is AD not BC. This message is directed at Brawny Withid.
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