A History of Ancient Britain

Series 1 - 2. Age of Ancestors

Age of Ancestors

About this programme

2/4. Neil Oliver examines what impact the arrival of farming had on ancient social structures. He dives off the Isle of Wight where archaeologists have found an 8,000-year-old hunter settlement and learns what happened when hunter-gatherers met farmers for the first time. The historian reveals that when cultivation eventually came to Britain around 4,000 BC, it brought about the Neolithic era and a deep set of changes in people's way of life, from ground-breaking inventions like pottery, to new belief systems.

Cast and crew


Neil Oliver


Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie