To discover resources already available on this blog for ‘Archaeology of Bronze Age Britain’ click on the Bronze Age tag in the left hand column and it will take you to all the posts made on that topic to date. Other relevant tags include Prehistory, although the entries covered by that tag may be broader and include earlier as well as later prehistoric themes.
In this short video, historian Dan Snow introduces the Must Farm site where archaeologists have revealed incredibly well-preserved Bronze Age dwellings. The excavation in the East Anglian fens is providing an extraordinary insight into domestic life 3,000 years ago. The settlement, dating to the end of the Bronze Age (1200-800 BC), would have been home to several families who lived in a number of wooden houses on stilts above water.
This video presents a computer-generated 3D reconstruction of two Middle Bronze Age houses discovered at Mitchelstown 1 on the route of the N8/N73 Mitchelstown Relief Road, 0.6 km north-west of Mitchelstown. The excavation by Eamonn Cotter (Eachtra Archaeological Projects) in 2004 revealed three Middle Bronze Age houses dating broadly to 1500–1200 BC, two of which were digitally modelled. Based on the excavated evidence, these two houses had been built over an earlier house.
This video presents a computer-generated 3D reconstruction of a Middle Bronze Age village discovered at Ballybrowney Lower 1 on the route of the M8 Rathcormac/Fermoy Bypass scheme, some 10 km south of Fermoy town. It was excavated by Eamonn Cotter (Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd) in summer 2003. The Middle Bronze Age phase of the site consisted of three large subcircular enclosures (Enclosures 1–3), one of which contained an oval house, and three unenclosed houses, dating broadly to 1700–1550 BC. Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval features were also excavated here.
Chillingham Cattle. Thanks to Sally Holmes.
Dr Ingrid Mainland of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is the co-author of a new investigation into the origins and husbandry of Mid-Late Bronze Age cattle – now published in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.
The authors include Jacqueline Towers & Julie Bond of the University of Bradford, Jane Evans of the British Geological Survey, Ingrid Mainland of the UHI Archaeology Institute and Janet Montgomery of Durham University.
Bioarchaeological evidence suggests that the site of Grimes Graves, Norfolk, characterised by the remains of several hundred Late Neolithic ﬂint mineshafts, was a permanently settled community with a mixed farming economy during the Mid-Late Bronze Age (c. 1400 BCE – c. 800 BCE).
Cattle tooth with enamel sequentially sampled for isotope analysis
The aim of this study was to investigate, through isotope ratio analysis (87Sr/86Sr, δ13C and δ18O), the origins and…
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In this short video clip from the BBC series Ancient Voices, archaeologist Raksha Dave visits Butser Ancient Farm to look at the beginning of the Bronze Age, and construct an axe head in exactly the same way Bronze Age man would have done.
A series of footprints that were left by early humans around 900,000 years ago were discovered by a team of scientists led by the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Queen Mary University of London. The footprints left in ancient estuary muds were found at Happisburgh in Norfolk and are direct evidence of the earliest known humans in northern Europe. This video provides more information about the discovery.
In the first session of ‘From the Ice Age to the Stone Age’, we examined the earliest evidence for hominins in Britain. One site that was mentioned as having significance to this story was Boxgrove in West Sussex. This short video clip from BBC’s 2002 documentary, ‘Apeman’, shows the refitting of flint fragments from that site.
Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.
Further suggestions about ways you can extend your understanding of topics through books, television etc may also be posted as appropriate here on the tutor’s personal blog, as well as on the WEA East Midlands Region History Space
Bahn, P. 2012. Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe. Frances Lincoln Press.
Clottes, J. 2016. What Is Paleolithic Art?: Cave Paintings and the Dawn of Human Creativity. University of Chicago Press.
Cook, J. 2013. Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. British Museum Press.
Cunliffe, B. 2013. Britain Begins. Oxford University Press.
Darvill, T. 2010. Prehistoric Britain. Routledge.
Dinnis, R and Stringer, C. 2014. Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story. The Natural History Museum.
Gosden, C. 2003. Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Milner, N et al. 2013. Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age. Council for British Archaeology.
Oliver, N. 2012. A History of Ancient Britain. W&N. (accompanies BBC TV documentary series of the same name. Documentary also available on DVD).
Oppenheimer, S. 2007. The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story. Robinson.
Pettitt, P and White, M. 2012. The British Palaeolithic: Human Societies at the Edge of the Pleistocene World. Routledge.
Pryor, F. 2004. Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans. Harper Perennial.
Roberts, A. 2010. The Incredible Human Journey. Bloomsbury. (accompanies BBC TV documentary series of the same name. Documentary also available on DVD).
Stringer, C. 2006. Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain. Penguin.
Waddington, C. 2007. Mesolithic Settlement in the North Sea Basin: A Case Study from Howick, North-East England. Oxbow Books.
Lyminge, Kent, is a picturesque village which has long been known as a site of an Anglo-Saxon royal monastery. Archaeological research now demonstrates that Lyminge is one of the best preserved monastic sites in Kent, a region where Christianity first gained a foothold in Anglo-Saxon England.
Excavations started in 2008 and are taking place on Tayne Field at the very centre of the village. This film caught up with the team in 2014 – during the final year of excavations. The film offers a chance to see the foundations of a sequence of spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting halls and dwellings that the team has discovered.
In this film Dr Gabor Thomas also takes us through some of the beautiful artefacts and very rare fragments of early Angle Saxon glass that have been discovered and he tells us about the significance of these items to our understanding of the site. He also guides us through an extensive public engagement programme which really sets this archaeology project apart.
This day school in Bingham, Notts on 3rd October is part of the CBA’s efforts to show people across the UK how to identify and record our country’s WWI sites. The event is free to attend, but you do need to book as there are only 25 places are available. Further details, plus the programme and booking arrangements are available HERE.
The Festival of Archaeology is an annual event co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. There are lots of events occurring throughout the UK over the next couple of weeks organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. Check out their searchable database to find out what’s on near you.