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The Birth of Britain

 

It's hard to believe but only 10,000 years ago Britain was connected to mainland Europe by low-lying land called Doggerland. Today Doggerland and all the remains of people who lived there lie underneath the North Sea. Rising sea levels following the end of the last Ice Age coupled with a catastrophic undersea rock fall off the coast of Norway flooded the land. Hunter-gatherer societies that would have used Doggerland for hunting were either swept away or stranded on the new island we refer to today as Britain.
 

Mesolithic Britain continued for another 4000 years and saw the dispersal of these Early Britons across the entire land mass. But the arrival of agriculture heralding the onset of the next phase of history, the Neolithic, encouraged Man to abandon the itinerant lifestyle and, instead, settle down in communities fixed in the landscape. This in turn led to the building of some of Earth's greatest and most mysterious prehistoric monuments. 

 

Winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge

 

Across Britain Neolithic Man was trying to understand the world around him. Timber and stone circles were being erected throughout the land. They were obviously places of great significance for the people who built them given the huge amount of man power needed to erect them, but why were they built and what were they for? Come and join our tour to Stonehenge and Avebury from Cambridge and we will reveal answers to these questions. Alternatively, if you are here over the Christmas period why not join us on our special Winter Solstice tour to Stonehenge & Avebury from Cambridge to watch the sunrise and witness 'the rebirth of the sun'.