1 hr 11 min

Neil Oliver: Skara Brae (2,500 BC‪)‬ Travels Through Time

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Today we speak to the archeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver, a figure familiar to millions in the UK. While Oliver's television work has taken him around the world, he retains a special connection to his Scottish homeland. One historical site, in particular, continues to enchant him: Skara Brae.


Skara Brae on the wind scoured Orkney Islands is the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in all of western Europe. Embedded inside its stone houses and in the surviving monuments are tantalising clues to how our ancient ancestors lived and how they died.


In this episode Oliver takes us back four and a half millennia to around 2,500BC to see Skara Brae as a dynamic, living community. He then explains the mysteries that surround its abandoment and considers the significance of the settlement to us today.


As ever, much, much more about this episode is to be found at our website tttpodcast.com.


Neil Oliver's new book, A History of the World in 100 Moments is available now.


Show notes
Scene One: A day in the life of Skara Brae


Scene Two: The great mystery of the settlement's abandonment


Scene Three: Where did the people go?


Memento: A sharp stone knife


People/Social
Presenter: Peter Moore


Guest: Neil Oliver


Production: Maria Nolan


Podcast partner: Unseen Histories


Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_


Or on Facebook


See where 2,500 BC fits on our Timeline 

Today we speak to the archeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver, a figure familiar to millions in the UK. While Oliver's television work has taken him around the world, he retains a special connection to his Scottish homeland. One historical site, in particular, continues to enchant him: Skara Brae.


Skara Brae on the wind scoured Orkney Islands is the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in all of western Europe. Embedded inside its stone houses and in the surviving monuments are tantalising clues to how our ancient ancestors lived and how they died.


In this episode Oliver takes us back four and a half millennia to around 2,500BC to see Skara Brae as a dynamic, living community. He then explains the mysteries that surround its abandoment and considers the significance of the settlement to us today.


As ever, much, much more about this episode is to be found at our website tttpodcast.com.


Neil Oliver's new book, A History of the World in 100 Moments is available now.


Show notes
Scene One: A day in the life of Skara Brae


Scene Two: The great mystery of the settlement's abandonment


Scene Three: Where did the people go?


Memento: A sharp stone knife


People/Social
Presenter: Peter Moore


Guest: Neil Oliver


Production: Maria Nolan


Podcast partner: Unseen Histories


Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_


Or on Facebook


See where 2,500 BC fits on our Timeline 

1 hr 11 min

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