The World of Stonehenge - 4
The series concludes with Neil Oliver exploring the impact of Metal on the ancient people of Britain. The landscape shows the impact of metal and industry on ancient Britain. The dips in the ground were places where flint was mined. Flint was the life blood of the ancient world. Then a new technology hit Britain: metal.
Metal would bring a social revolution to the ancient Briton. Copper was discovered in Ireland and it would be shipped to Britain. It required local knowledge of the rocks and foreign expertise to tell people what to do with what was in the rock to spur a revolution. Prospectors came and started to take advantage of the stone. A new knowledge was required to make rock into metal and bellows were created to make the copper metal.
A new society was brought to Britain and created different pottery: The Beaker People. They came from outside of Britain. They were different from the Ancient Britons. They knew how to work metal. They were buried in individual tombs instead of of communal terms. Individuality came to Britain. It was a radical thinking to Britain.
In order to make copper useful, the ancient man had to incorporate tin. Tin was discovered in Cornwall and mined. When the ancient man added tin and copper together, bronze was formed. With Bronze, ancient man could make better tools and weapons. Bronze would launch a whole new age in Britain and they would leave behind bronze objects. Bronze was a valuable metal and it was a metal of prestige.
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