The First Humans in Britain: A Journey through Time

The first anatomically modern humans set foot in Britain between 44,200 and 36,400 years ago*, likely during a brief warm spell during the Upper Palaeolithic. The two oldest modern human remains in Britain derive from Kents Cavern in Devon (fragment of an upper jaw, dated to 44,200 – 41,500 BP in 2011 in a study … More The First Humans in Britain: A Journey through Time

Emerging From the Dark: The Other Nativity of Jesus

…..and its links to pre-Christian south-eastern Europe. If your experience of Christianity has been shaped mostly by its western branches, you are probably very familiar with scenes depicting the nativity of Christ,  swaddled in a manger and surrounded by Mary and Joseph, in a stable or other wooden structure. Orthodox Christianity envisions this scene somewhat … More Emerging From the Dark: The Other Nativity of Jesus

The Early Mesolithic Pendant of Star Carr: relatives across the sea

Starr Carr is the site of a substantial early Mesolithic settlement on the shores of palaeo-lake Flixton in Yorkshire, dating to the 9th millennium BC. It is remarkable in more than one respect. A new investigation of the site by the Vale of Pickering Research Trust, in progress since 2004, revealed that what was once … More The Early Mesolithic Pendant of Star Carr: relatives across the sea