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The World of Stonehenge

A cutting edge voyage of discovery through the world of prehistoric Britain

Britain is extraordinarily rich in prehistory: monuments of stone, fragments of domestic life and the remains of people who walked the land thousands of years ago. Together, they add up to an amazing tale of survival, technological innovation and revolution which laid the foundations of modern society.

Now, former archaeologist Neil Oliver travels the British Isles to uncover this remarkable story. Tapping into the latest scientific detective work and experimental archaeology at the frontier of cutting edge research, he gets under the skin of this mysterious world and the lives of those who inhabited it.

Episode 1
The land, and the stone that comes from it, is viewed as sacred. Stonehenge is the centre of this landscape, a place where the living can commune with the dead, and through which the recently dead can pass into the world of the ancestors. Watch Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10pm on WMHT

Episode 2
Metal comes to Britain from Europe. The art of using fire and of working metal is a religious activity. The first swords appear, and warriors challenge the shaman class. Wealth, imports and exports create new social forces. After thousands of years, Stonehenge is abandoned. Watch Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10pm on WMHT

The monumental building that was supposed to last forever was destroyed after 53 years.

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