After Stonehenge

After Stonehenge

Streaming Video - 2016
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Archaeologists have long believed that while the Egyptians were building pyramids 3,000 years ago, the people living in Western Europe were far less advanced. But a new discovery suggests something far more exciting. Five years ago, the remains of an incredible, ancient site began to emerge from a quarry in eastern England. Due to its delicate nature, experts have largely been working in secret - until now. What they've found is simply unheard of: a 3000-year-old settlement that would have risen above the marshy fens, made up of well-built houses on stilts. A thriving economic hub the size of a modern country town surrounded this settlement - complete with busy harbors and rivers packed with metalwork traders, selling their goods across Europe. Shockingly, evidence suggests the town may have been attacked and set afire before being abandoned. The ancient artifacts - unprecedented in number and quality - are telling a dramatically new story about Bronze Age life in Britain.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, PBS,, 2016
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 60 min.)) :,sd., col
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Normally, I would find a PBS documentary of a major Bronze-Age dig, in a country that I lived in for over 20 years, to be absolutely fascinating. However, it had me dozing off several times. Finding a stilt-village buried in mud, with some bronze and textile artefacts, as well as trade items from far-away sites (African ostrich-shell beads, etc.) must be red meat for archaeologists. For the general viewer, however, the real Pompeii is a lot more impressive than what has been grandiloquently referred to as "Britain's Pompeii."

Mar 26, 2017

Good, but the title is misleading, as this has nothing to do with Stonehenge (other than use it as a reference point - 1000 years later), but is an exploration of what has been termed "Britain's Pompeii," a previously-buried, very small settlement in the Fens.

Mar 08, 2017

Absolutely fascinating PBS show. Very well done as you'd expect.


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