Prehistoric Places to Visit in UK

Archaeology Sites (UK) - Archaeology / Heritage Sites (UK) - Archaeology Museums (UK)

Archaeology Sites (worldwide) - Archaeology / Heritage Sites (worldwide) - Archaeology Museums (worldwide)

Interesting Prehistoric Archaeology Sites

CRESWELL CRAGS - Worksop, Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge containing numerous caves and fissures. In 2003 archaeologists discovered of Britain's only known Ice Age cave art. The subject matter of the art includes representations of over 90 animals including bison, horses, deer, bears and birds.

SWANSCOMBE - Kent

The world famous Swanscombe site (Kent) was made into a Heritage Park in 2005 and opened by Phil Harding. It is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a National Nature Reserve (NNR).

GOUGH'S CAVE - Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

The world famous Gough's Cave at Cheddar Gorge is the home of Cheddar Man; Britain's oldest complete skeleton buried there 9,000 years ago, following what is thought to be a violent death.

AVEBURY STONE CIRCLE- Wiltsure

Avebury contains a large henge (diameter of about 420m) and several rings of standing stone. Avebury's present appearance owes much to Alexander Keiller who purchased the site in 1930's thanks to his family's marmalade fortune, then excavated and re-erected many stones.

STONEHENGE - Wiltsure

Probably the most famous ancient site in the UK, stonehenge seen today is the final of several stages, that was completed about 3500 years ago (the penultimate phase is contemporary with the Seahenge site in Norfolk).

GRIMES GRAVES - Norfolk

Grime's Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in UK, extending over 37 ha (96 acres) and consists of around 433 shafts dug into the natural chalk. The largest shafts are more than 14m deep and 12m in diameter at the surface. Each shaft and gallery was worked with tools of antler and bone.

STANTON DREW STONE CIRCLE- Somerset

The Stanton Drew complex consists of three stone circles (the third largest Neolithic stone circle in Britain), two avenues and a cove. The largest or "Great Circle" is 113m in diameter and originally consisted of around 30 standing stones, however only 27 survive today.

FLAG FEN - Peterborough

Discovered by Francis Prior in 1982, Flag Fen is a 1km long wooden trackway that was built between 1350 and 950 BC. Many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen have also been found.

FISHBOURNE - West Sussex

Fishbourne Roman Palace is a large palace was built in the 1st century AD, around 30 years after the Roman conquest of Britain. It was discovered by accident during the digging of a water main trench in 1960.

HADRIAN'S WALL

Construction of the wall started in 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian. It was the first of two walls built across the north of England. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire and was 80 Roman miles (73.5 statute miles or 117 kilometres) long.

SUTTON HOO - Suffolk

The excavation of the burial ship, a ceremonial helmet, shield and sword and several solid-gold artifacts at Sutton Hoo in 1939 was one of the most rare and exciting archaeological finds in Britain.

Archaeology Park / Heritage Site (UK)

ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY CENTRE - Cranborne, Dorset

The ATC began over 25 years ago as a school project and hosts activities and buildings that are based on archaeological evidence from the Neolithic, Iron Age (Celtic), Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking eras.

BEDE'S WORLD - Jarrow, Tyne & Wear

Bede's World recreates the landscape in the years around 700 AD. This includes experimental recreated timber buildings based on structures excavated within Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and a farm, with animals and crops as close as possible to those of the 7th and 8th centuries.

BUTSER ANCIENT FARM - Hampshire

Opened in 1974, Butser Ancient Farm consists of an Iron Age enclosure (which contains four roundhouses, structures, animals and crops of the period) and the only reconstructed Roman Villa in Britain

CASTELL HENLLYS IRON AGE FORT - Pembrokeshire

A Scheduled Ancient Monument nestling between the coast and the Preseli Hills, Castell Henllys is one of many prehistoric promontory forts in the National Park dating to around 600BC

CELTIC HARMONY CAMP- Brickendon, Hertfordshire

At the Celtic Harmony Camp visitors can experience how the people of the Celtic Iron Age, who lived over 2000 years ago.

ICENI VILLAGE NATURE RESERVE & MUSEUM - Cockley Cley, Norfolk

The Iceni Village is a reconstruction of the type of village occupied by the Iceni tribe, shortly before the Roman occupation-about 2,000 years ago. 

THE SCOTTISH CRANNOG CENTRE - Aberfeldy, Perthshire

The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, based on the excavation evidence from the 2,600 year old site of 'Oakbank Crannog', one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay, Scotland

WEST STOW - Suffolk

The early Anglo-Saxon village has been carefully reconstructed where following a major archaeological dig from 1965-1972 headed by Dr. Stanley West of West Suffolk Archaeology Unit.

Interesting Prehistory Archaeology Museums

CAMBRIDGE ANTHROPOLOGY & ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM - Cambridge

The Archaeology Department is on the ground floor and holds material from many internationally well-known sites. The British material includes important Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon collections.

MUSEUM OF LONDON - London

The Museum of London begins with an interactive display showing how London and the world changed between 450,000 BC and 50 AD. The first case in the archaeology section shows lithics from sites such as Swanscombe.

OXFORD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - Oxford

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture

Key:

 

Palaeolithic
Mesolithic
Neolithic
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Greek / Roman
Anglo-Saxon
Norse
Heritage Centre / Museum
 
= Burial / Cemetery
= Defence / Military
= Domestic / Settlement
= Industrial
= Ritual / Ceremonial

 

 


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