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In the first of a two-part documentary, archaeologist Francis Pryor travels the length and breadth of Britain to lift the lid on what the nation was like before the Romans invaded. He explores their ancient predecessors' culture and suggests they were more sophisticated than previously believed. Until the successful Roman invasion of Ancient Britain, and the subsequent occupation, our history books tell us that the island was a land of wild savages speaking strange languages, performing barbaric rituals and with no real civilisation of the population having taken place. Presenter Francis Pryor debunks this widely-held notion with some interesting archaeological finds, and shows us how an independent, civilised and deeply spiritual nation had been developing for over 10,000 years before the Romans took over. The largest empire of it's time did not introduce roads, common language, laws or civilisation to ancient Britain, because they had already existed.

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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.

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