The Timeline of Britain

Prehistory

500,000 BC - Boxgrove
In a gravel pit at Boxgrove, just outside Chichester, the remains of a man have been discovered, half a million ...
2500 BC - The Clava Cairns
Burial chambers of the Neolithic In the Neolithic - the New Stone Age - the older you were, the more ...
Dover Boat
A large Bronze Age boat has recently been discovered at Dover. Keith Parfitt, of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, reports ...
Castell Henllys
The Celts were warriors, and the most prominent remains of the Iron Age are the great hillforts, surrounded by banks ...
Snettisham
The great Iron Age hoards discovered at Snettisham in Norfolk form the richest Iron Age treasure ever discovered in this ...

The Romans

Colchester
A rich burial dating to within 20 years after the Roman conquest has just been excavated in a gravel quarry ...
Roman London
Most Roman towns were sited either over previous towns, or over Roman forts. London was unusual in that it appears ...
Vindolanda
Roman documents discovered Probably the most important - and certainly the most dramatic discoveries made in Roman Britain in the ...
Littlehay
Roman Britain does not just consist of grand buildings. There are also smaller buildings out in the countryside, and at ...
Valtos
While the Romans were civilising England, life was very different story in Northern Scotland, and particularly in the outer isles, ...
Roman Mosaics
Roman mosaics are perhaps the most spectacular Roman remains in Britain. Many of the finest come from Roman villas, where ...
Arbeia
In the early 4th century, a troop of boatmen were transferred from one end of the Roman Empire to the ...

After the Romans – the Saxons

Tintagel
Has King Arthur been discovered at Tintagel? Tintagel, on the North coast of Cornwall, is famed in legend as the ...
AD 700 - Sutton Hoo
In the 7th century AD, a King - it was surely no less - received a magnificent burial at Sutton ...
Saxon London
What happened to London after the end of Roman rule? Bede calls it a 'mart of many nations' yet for ...
Udal
Perhaps the biggest disruption in the  Hebrides was the advent of the Vikings. But what remained of them and what ...
Bullwharf
On Christmas Day 886, King Alfred, exasperated by the attacks of the Danes, finally decided to abandon the undefended 'open' ...
English Village
When did the typical English village begin? That is, when did the outlying farms join together to become a nucleated ...
Canterbury
A major Anglo-Saxon cathedral has been revealed - directly under the flagstones of the nave of Canterbury Cathedral. To everyone's ...

The Middle Ages

Norwhich
Norwich was the second largest city in Medieval Britain: why? In recent years a number of major sites covering more ...
Wood Hall
In the Middle Ages, life was communal, and the basic building structure was the open hall. Even comparatively grand structures, ...
Conwy
The medieval castle is one of the great glories of British archaeology. The finest are those in North Wales, the ...
Rhosyr
Before the conquest of Wales by Edward I in 1283, the Welsh Kingdoms were flourishing. Yet archaeologically, little is known ...
Newark
Newark Castle has always been something of a problem. The west front, facing out onto the River Trent, is a ...

Post -medieval

Glenochar
The closing years of the independent Scottish kingdom were turbulent times in the Anglo-Scottish borders. When in 1603, King James ...
Atlantic
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Atlantic to a New World in America ...
How to Kill a Witch - The Reigate witch bottle
What do you do if you find yourself bewitched? If you find you are constantly out of sorts, and you ...

Bonus feature!

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"Feet- did you say Feet?-Ugh-h-h!" That is the usual remark I hear when I mention my Research Project. I hope ...