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116,129.  Science is about to reveal the truth about where we come from and who we really are.  It’s a story that begins about 10,000 years ago before Britain became an island and our first ancestors arrived.  We’re following Britain’s most ambitious ancient human DNA project ever.  (Great Britain & England)  Secret History: The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man, Channel 4 2018

 

116,130.  10,000 years ago marked the end of the last Ice Age.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

116,132.  Cheddar Man had blue eyes … Cheddar Man had dark hair … Cheddar Man was probably darker than we initially expected … Dark to Black.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.  

 

 

30,031.  The beautiful country that surrounds us – the rugged coastline, the rolling green hills, the craggy mountains - were formed millions of years ago when Britain was a very different place.  Giant geological forces have shaped the land we know today.  (Great Britain & England & Countryside)  Tony Robinson, Birth of Britain: Volcanoes

 

30,032.  It’s an epic story of giant volcanoes, colliding continents, and of how Britain was ripped away from what is now north America.  It’s the story of the Birth of Britain.  (Great Britain & England & Volcano)  ibid.

 

30,033.  Edinburgh had once been a volcano ... Hutton unlocked one of the greatest mysteries of the world ... The tell-tale signs of an ancient volcano.  (Great Britain & Scotland & Volcano)  ibid.

 

 

30,034.  But there’s another force that has had perhaps the greatest effect on the landscape we see around us today: Ice.  During the last Ice-Age most of Britain would have been covered with a great sheet of ice up to a mile thick.  (Great Britain & England & Ice-Age)  Tony Robinson, Birth of Britain: Ice

 

30,035.  Loch Ness was once filled by an enormous powerful glacier.  (Great Britain & Scotland & Glacier)  ibid.

 

30,036.  Scientists suspect that this natural cycle of climate change is being disrupted by human activity.  (Great Britain & England & Ice)  ibid.

 

 

30,037.  The landscape around me has been shaped by ancient oceans and erupting volcanoes and ice ages.  But it’s here down in the mud that the real treasures of Britain are buried: coal, lead, even tin have been pivotal in making Britain what it is today.  (Great Britain & England & Gold)  Tony Robinson, Birth of Britain: Gold

 

30,038.  Gold: it underpinned our economies, celebrates the pinnacles of our achievements, and epitomises the extremes of luxury and wealth ... What is surprising is Britain’s gold heritage.  (Great Britain & England & Gold)  ibid.

 

30,039.  The amount of gold we can get hold of is tiny.  (Great Britain & England & Gold)  ibid.

 

 

30,040.  8,000 years ago a tsunami passed through this sea ... a phenomenally destructive force.  (Great Britain & England & Tsunami)  Tony Robinson, Britain's Stone Age Tsunami, Channel 4 2013

 

30,041.  Nearly four hundred miles of our prehistoric coast ... An astonishingly rich lifestyle ... We call this drowned world Doggerland.  (Great Britain & England & Tsunami)  ibid.

 

 

75,124.  Why do we regard some places as being more sacred than others?  (Great Britain & Stones & Monuments)  Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain I, BBC 2014

 

75,125.  The coming of a whole new age, one that would see great monument, sacred monuments rise from the earth around Britain.  (Great Britain & Stones & Monuments)  ibid.

 

75,126.  The time of the stone circles had begun.  (Great Britain & Stones & Monuments)  ibid.

 

 

30,042.  3,350 years ago much of east Anglia was a landscape of marshland, shallow waterways and ponds.  (Great Britain & England)  Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain II

 

30,043.  Sacred Wonders of Britain is the story of how our island has been shaped by belief.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

30,044.  Even to war-hardened Roman soldiers, the Druids appeared a terrifying spectacle.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Druid)  ibid.

 

 

30,045.  This new religion was undercover and banned in the Roman empire.  (Great Britain & England & Christianity & Roman Empire)  Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain III

 

30,046.  It’s the Lindisfarne Gospels.  Books were rare.  (Great Britain & England & Books & Gospels)  ibid.

 

 

86,201.  Historians and archaeologists have long thought that the story of the earliest Britons was lost to the mists of time ... Archaeological sites all over the UK and northern Europe are producing evidence that paints these people in a very different light ... Thanks to science we now have an increasingly clear picture of pre-history.  Horizon: First Britons, BBC 2015

 

86,202.  A culture that made jewellery, that traded and manufactured as well as hunted.  ibid.

 

86,203.  The catastrophic tsunami fatally flooded Doggerland.  (Great Britain & Tsunami)  ibid.    

 

86,204.  The idea of farming – the so-called Neolithic revolution – started in the Middle East and swept north and east across Europe ... 6,000 years ago Britain joined the revolution: the first Britons wholeheartedly signed up for farming.  (Great Britain & Farm)  ibid.

 

 

30,047.  A very fragmented territory.  There’s no Britain as such.  There are no Britons as a coherent groups.  There were lots of regional peoples.  Professor David Mattingly

 

 

94,905.  No other era has quite captured our imagination like Roman Britain ... Who were these Romans?  How did they manage to rule here for nearly four hundred years?  And why in the end did it all fall apart?  (Great Britain & Roman Empire)  Dr Alice Roberts, Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide, BBC 2015

 

 

94,911.  The Vindolanda tablets have this extraordinary importance in ancient history.  (Great Britain & Roman Empire)  Dr Jo Quinn, Oxford University

 

 

75,127.  In 43 A.D. the Romans landed an invasion army of 40,000 men on the Kent coast.  Just four years later they started work on a new town they called Londinium.  (Great Britain & Roman Empire)  Roman Britain from the Air, ITV 2014

 

 

30,048.  North Britain: about two thousand years ago.  The Romans ruled most of Europe but not here.  Scattered groups from all over north Britain rose up against the Roman Empire.  The Emperor they defied was Septimius Severus.  He was an African.  To steal Rome’s throne he had waded through blood.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  The Untold Invasion of Britain, Channel 4

 

30,049.  A war that would change Britain for ever.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,050.  Road to Rome April 193 A.D. – having declared himself Emperor, Severus moved on Rome with utmost haste ... The outsider was now the most powerful man in the world.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Rome)  ibid.

 

30,051.  Hadrian’s Wall built almost a century earlier still marked the northern limit of Roman Britain.  It snaked across the hills all the way from the North Sea to the Irish Sea splitting the island in two.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Scotland)  ibid.

 

30,052.  Crippled by age, Severus was carried north.  Riding alongside was his son and heir Coracalla.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Rome)  ibid.

 

30,053.  Archaeologists are still discovering evidence of his huge army.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,054.  The Emperor was at the head of one of the largest invasion forces the Roman Empire ever mobilised.  It needed massive logistical support.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,055.  40,000 Romans marched to the foot of the Scottish highlands.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Scotland)  ibid.

 

30,056.  York 210 A.D.  This is where Severus came to die ... Britain’s African Emperor died at York 211 A.D.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire)  ibid.

 

30,057.  Rome never marched into Scotland again.  (Great Britain & England & Roman Empire & Scotland)  ibid.

 

 

30,058.  How lucky you are, you Britons.  More blessed than any other land ... Your winters are not too cold, your summers are not too hot.  Roman, In Praise of Britain, 4th century

 

30,059.  Britain just seems to go past.  ibid.

 

 

30,060.  The story of how modern Britain was created isn’t just about kings, queens and politicians.  It’s about how we learnt to farm, to trade and to live together.  It’s about how war, new gods and new learning shaped life on these islands.  (Great Britain & England)  Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain: 6000 B.C. – 2000 B.C.

 

30,061.  The First Age of Britain: it tells of a struggle between man and the environment.  (Great Britain & England & Farming)  ibid.

 

30,062.  The island of Britain exists because of global warming.  (Great Britain & England & Farming)  ibid.

 

30,063.  The people who lived here eight thousand years ago were hunter-gatherers.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

30,064.  Our best guess is that the population numbered a few hundred thousand.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

30,065.  Possibly the most revolutionary innovation was farming.  (Great Britain & England & Farming)  ibid.

 

30,066.  In the first Age of Britain its people had subjugated Nature; in the second, they would subjugate each other.  (Great Britain & England)  ibid.

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