RECOMMENDATION: a Natural History Museum – the website of which is an incredible time traveller:
Excerpt: First Britons
By Lisa Hendry
First published 15 December 2017
Britain, with its rich history of monarchies, industry and culture, holds a lesser-known story in its past.
It’s the story of how people came to be here at all and their struggle for survival in a dramatically changing environment. It begins nearly one million years ago.
Britain’s unique location – between the Atlantic and continental Europe – means that it has experienced the fullest extremes of climate.
Over the past million years, its climate has fluctuated from balmy Mediterranean-like conditions to long stages of cold with large ice sheets covering much of the land.
Landscapes changed accordingly, with coastlines and rivers shaped by water and ice. Britain’s inhabitants had to adapt too, although sometimes they vanished altogether.
Humans in ancient Britain
Investigations such as the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project have provided new insights.
This 13-year multidisciplinary collaboration between the Museum and other research institutions has transformed what we know about the earliest Britons and the world they lived in.
Prof Chris Stringer, Museum human origins expert and Director of AHOB, says:
‘Traces left behind by Britain’s earliest inhabitants are scattered across the landscape.
‘By combining evidence from animal and plant fossils, tools and other artefacts, we have been able to build quite a detailed picture of the lives of these early Britons and the conditions they faced.
‘Our research has revealed that there were at least 10 separate waves of occupation, as people were repeatedly driven out by extreme changes in the environment.’
This is so worth exploring!
And might I also recommend a book I’m reading at the moment for a fascinating look at the evolution of church out of clan life in later Britain:
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Penguin Classics)
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/014044565X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ne6VCb8Y8K3E5
I was so excited to see this vibrant rhubarb under some dead leaves in my daughter’s garden yesterday.
Did you know rhubarb was first mentioned in Pen Khing’s Herbal in 2700 BC and was used in China, Mongolia and Siberia? Later, it was mentioned as having been found in the Ukraine. Before Christ was born, Asia was exporting rhubarb for medicinal purposes – for constipation and inflammation. The leaves, though, are poisonous… as, by the way, are the leaves of the potato and tomato plants.
My great grandmother used to send us parcels of her wonderful rhubarb-gumdrop jam in the winter – from Ontario to Saskatchewan!
Long before we were starting to gather together some kind of DNA, some of the animal kingdom became more and more powerful in a ‘survival of the fittest’ kind of way. Read here about the exciting find of the giant lion:
Here’s a fascinating read on migrations from Anatolia to Stonehenge, with models of a Starhawk woman in Stonehenge and a Cheddar man from 7100 BC: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47938188?utm_source=pocket-newtab
“What’s out there, Auntie? What’s beyond the line where Lake Huron meets the sky?”
“Oh that’s the United States; but it’s a hundred miles away. Michigan is the state that’s straight across from us. Be happy you live on this side of Lake Huron, dearheart.”
“Because we live on the better side of truth here.”