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Friday 6th April 2018

From 19:30 until 20:45

Venue: Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Rd, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RR

Britain Begins – At the edge of Europe: a prehistoric perspective

Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE FBA FSA


Britain lies at the edge of the continental shelf though for the last 8000 years or so separated from Europe by the sea. But throughout this time the see has served to link Britain to the continent rather than to isolate it. We look at how the seaways, particularly the Channel facilitated movements of people and goods from the time of the first Neolithic colonizers to the traders who brought the first wine to these islands in the first century BC. Across these four millennia the channel was alive with ships and Dorset played an important part in the network that ensured that Britain remained a part of Europe.

Barry has studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. Taught archaeology at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton before becoming Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 1972, a post which he held until his retirement in 2006.Has excavated widely in Britain, at Fishbourne, Bath, Danebury, Hengistbury Head etc., and on the Channel Islands, in France and in Spain. Has served as Present of the Society of Antiquaries, Commissioner of English Heritage and Trustee of the British Museum. Author of many books including Ancient Celts, Britain Begins, On the Ocean, By Steppe, Desert and Ocean


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