- DURATION 4 x 1 hr
Using the latest discoveries in British archaeology, Graham Harrison introduces his personal highlights from our most ancient past.
The First Peoples
A look at the evidence for some of the earliest inhabitants of these islands, from almost a million years ago, including one of the most incredible archaeological discoveries of the past decade.
Hunter Gathers to Farmers
Neanderthals dominated the human record of Britain for 350,000 years until the arrival of modern humans, Homo Sapiens. Our species saw the most dramatic cultural shifts in Prehistory, including art and the move from the hunter-gather lifestyle to settled farming.
First Metals, Merlin's origins?
The ability to melt a lump of rock and produce hard, shiny, jewellery and tools must have seemed like magic to most people. We examine what we know of that mysterious era of the earliest metal use in Britain.
Over the past century archaeology has embraced the latest scientific innovations. We see how developments on technology have changed the interpretation of some of our most famous archaeological sites.
- Duration: 4 x 1 hr
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Sun Jester
Graham, Towse and Bronwen Harrison have presented a variety of informal talks and musical entertainments for adult groups since 2014. Offering a wide range of topics, their aim is to enlighten, divert and amuse. For over 25 years, Sun Jester have worked in the education, heritage and entertainment sectors with many and varied organisations such as English Heritage, National Trust and prominent heritage sites and museums.
Towse has a degree in History, an MA in Museums and Gallery Education and worked for many years as a Heritage Education Consultant. She has a keen interest in archaeology and social history, particularly how they shed light on the role and position of women in history.
Graham has a passion for military and social history. He also has a particular enthusiasm for the skills and technology of our prehistoric ancestors. Graham has many years experience as an historical re-enactor, interpreter and community artist as well as working for the NHS as a patient simulator, involved in the training of doctors and other medical staff.
Bronwen is a professional performer, experienced in the creation, direction and performance of physical, mask and musical theatre. As a professional musician, vocalist and recording artist, Bronwen currently performs with three groups, a contemporary rock/blues band, a vocal duo performing vintage music and a group playing music from the Medieval and Tudor periods.
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