24 episodes

Neil takes you with him on an unforgettable journey, from your lockdown couch to the history beneath our feet - walking in the footsteps of ancestors to discover what made them tick and what made the people of the British Isles who we are today.
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Neil takes you with him on an unforgettable journey, from your lockdown couch to the history beneath our feet - walking in the footsteps of ancestors to discover what made them tick and what made the people of the British Isles who we are today.
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    23. Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent

    23. Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent

    In this episode Neil steps into an opulent Roman Villa grand enough to have housed the governor of Roman Britannia and maybe even put up a visiting emperor or two.
    Lullingstone villa, in Kent, was built in the first century AD and developed and expanded over the next 300 years or so. Large in size, by anyone’s standard, and decorated with fine mosaic floors and beautiful wall paintings. With some archaeological detective work and painstaking restoration the interiors of this incredible building reveal nothing less than the arrival of Christianity into the British Isles.
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    • 37 min
    22. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

    22. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

    In this podcast we’re walking with Neil alongside the largest Roman artefact in the whole world, Hadrian’s Wall, the boundary of Empire. And we comes to a stop at a stretch of the Wall called Sycamore Gap, where one of the most beautiful trees in the British Isles stands.
    Over 70 miles long, Hadrian’s Wall is an incredible feat of engineering. Interspersed with milecastles, barracks, forts and settlements, it’s a formidable wall dividing the long island into North and South. The Romans took around 6 years to complete the wall and it was built before there were any such people called the Scots or the English. The sheer ambition and hard work needed to construct it shows just how serious the Romans were about owning the British Isles.
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    • 45 min
    21. The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

    21. The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

    In this episode Neil travels across the channel with legions of heavily armed, well trained Roman soldiers and heads to Bath in Somerset
    In AD 43 a conquering Roman army invaded the British Isles and brought the modern world with it - forms to fill in, records to keep, taxes to pay, straight roads and central heating. Exploring Rome’s influence on the British Isles Neil takes us with him to Bath’s hot springs, the incredible natural phenomenon that brought two gods together - Sulis, the Celtic goddess and Minerva from Rome.
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    • 48 min
    20. At the End of the Earth, Inishmore

    20. At the End of the Earth, Inishmore

    In this episode Neil takes us to a place of great power and beauty, an island off the west coast of Ireland, with its shoulder set hard against the mighty Atlantic.
    High on the dramatic cliffs of Inishmore Neil explores two formidable Iron Age forts - Dún Aengus and Dún Dúchathair. The compelling mystery behind the remains of these breath-taking forts gives us a sharp reminder of the forces that shape the world we all live in today.
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    • 39 min
    19. Reflections of another World, Llyn Fawr, Mid-Glamorgan

    19. Reflections of another World, Llyn Fawr, Mid-Glamorgan

    In this episode we travel with Neil to one of the most magical lakes in the British Isles.
    In the beautiful dark waters of Llyn Fawr, in Mid-Glamorgan, Neil comes face to face with the reflections of another world - home to ritual, ceremony and an ancient way of life that spanned the Bronze and Iron Ages. He rubs shoulders with an elite group of thinkers, whose power and knowledge spread right across the British Isles and discovers a hoard of incredible artefacts.
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    • 36 min
    18. The Dover Boat, Kent

    18. The Dover Boat, Kent

    In this episode Neil takes us on board the oldest known seagoing boat in the world – the Dover Boat.
    Next door to the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most unmistakeable, and instantly recognisable landmarks in the whole of the British Isles, Neil comes face to face with what for him, is one the most extraordinary artefacts he has ever seen. An incredible bit of ancient kit that was made by Bronze Age shipbuilders and used, by our ancestors, to travel and trade across the channel - Neil brings the Dover Boat to life.
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    • 39 min

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