The World of Stonehenge - 2
Episode 2 Neil Oliver explores how farming made an impact on Britain. A social revolution came with the advent of farming in Britain. The Ice Age was over and Britain was covered in trees. Our ancestors worked with the land, they knew how to be a part of nature. Britain was still attached to Europe, however sea levels were rising which meant people couldn't travel easily back and forth any more.
The Isle of Wright was still attached to Britain and underneath the waters shows the world before the rising sea levels turned Britain into an island. It was the world of the Stone Age. An old long boat was discovered on the site. There was a discovery of seeds of barley, they came from Syria. The Society of Britain went from hunter and gatherers to farming. Families could grow their own food and support larger families. They slowly started to get away from the natural world. Our ancestors no longer needed to be a part of nature to survive.
Britain's farming revolution started slow, the channel proving to be a barrier to a quick revolution. The first farmers came to Britain came over by boat. They came to Kent first where the soil was fertile and could provide well for the first farming families. Even today, Kent has excellent soil. However, there is little evidence of how the early farmers lived. Neil travels to Ireland in order to find the evidence to show how the early farmers live. Neil helps uncover a wall while harvesting peat.
In Ireland, in a bog, stone walls made by farmers from the early farmers. The walls are extensive, they are also finding a huge field system set up by the farmers. There are fields for growing crops and for separating animals. Peat is another history book that documents what went on in the past. It shows the history of the forest before it became farmland.
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