Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans (2003)
with Francis Pryor / Channel 4
Videos in this documentary
|1||The Civilisation Of Ancient Britain||Play Video|
|2||The Spirituality Of Ancient Britain||Play Video|
A provocative two-part BBC series in which Francis Pryor offers a new view of Britain before the Roman invasion, suggesting that it was infinitely more sophisticated than once thought. In this visually stunning, provocative new series, best-selling writer and archaeologist Francis Pryor offers an inspiring new view of Britain before the Roman invasion. He shatters the received wisdom that we were a relatively uncivilised bog people inhabiting a misty island, just waiting to be taught how to live by the invaders. Travelling from North Wales to the Orkneys, the cliffs of Dover to the Western Isles of Scotland, Stonehenge to Maiden Castle, Pryor lifts the lid on what really made the ancient Britons tick and how what we were informs what we are today. Traveling more than a thousand miles north to Orkney and the Western Isles, he explores an amazing array of stone circles, henges and round tombs, revealing that how the ancient Britons worshipped their ancestors and brought death into their homes. Moving down to the big daddy of ancient British sites, Stonehenge, Pryor and other leading archaeologists reinterpret the whole spiritual landscape of pre-Roman Britain - as a passage of a whole community from life to death, expressed in an array of foreboding, impressive wood and stone monuments. By the end of his quest, Pryor convinces Britains to cast aside the national denial of their own ancestors, to embrace them as the remarkable people they were.