What the Ancients Did For Us

Season 1 Episode 9

The Britons

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 2005 on BBC Two
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The Britons
A lot of people still think that we were just woad-covered savages before the Romans came along. Well, we weren't - firstly we weren't covered in woad but dressed in a rather elegant new-fangled invention - trousers; more importantly we were organized, spiritual, technologically advanced Brits with European business connections – all without towns and cities or being able to read and write!

This programme shows the evolution of the people of Britain from Stone Age hunters to Iron Age warriors. From early people who used animal bone picks to dig mines to a society skilled in the use of metallurgy, bronze, iron and gold. From a nomadic existence to a society organized into tribes with their own coinage and identities. From farmers using simple wooden ploughs to ferocious warriors driving thousands of chariots and repulsing the invading Roman army of Julius Caesar.moreless

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