Segments in this Video

St Nectan's Glen (02:21)


Neil Oliver visits a spiritual waterfall in Cornwall. This series will explore how Britain has been shaped by belief.

Neolithic Era (01:31)

Neil explains how British hunter gatherers interpreted the natural world. Around 4000 BC, they began to manipulate the landscape for agriculture.

Wayland's Smithy (03:52)

A Neolithic tomb in Oxfordshire features stones believed to represent the dead. Ancestors' bones were used as ritual relics at monuments.

Dorstone Hill Settlement (03:46)

Archaeologists uncovered a 6,000 year old timber hall in Herfordshire. The community burned it and later placed stones on top to venerate their founding ancestors.

Grimes Graves (04:10)

Neil explores a Norfolk Neolithic flint mine. Stone Age miners dug 12 meter pits for the material that was essential to daily life.

Neolithic Flint Mystery (07:20)

Neil descends into an ancient mine. Surface flint was available yet miners went underground; perhaps for spiritual reasons or coming of age ceremonies. He finds 5,000 year old antler tools.

Avebury Stone Circle (03:44)

Ancestor worship shifted to complex belief systems. Neil explains that Neolithic people used sarsen boulders to build monuments.

Neolithic Ceremonial Landscape (03:19)

Neil imagines how early people might have perceived stone architecture as he walks along a sarsen boulder pathway leading to Avebury Circle.

Avebury Henge (06:01)

Experts believe the ditch surrounding the stone circle was used to contain its sacred power. Placing boulders was an act of devotional labor and required leadership.

Ring of Brodgar (05:34)

A stone circle on Orkney shows how Neolithic people hauled boulders from different quarries as a sacred journey. Hear a folk tale giving the stones human characteristics.

Orkney Social Model (02:28)

A Neolithic village located near a quarry likely brought a boulder to Brodgar. Monumental projects united communities; people gathered in large houses.

Temple of Brodgar (04:33)

A Neolithic complex located between the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness united communities across Britain and may have been the origin site of a religion.

Orkney Organized Religion (01:19)

The Ness of Brodgar was abandoned around 2300 BC. Neil believes that one individual was responsible for developing the stone circle belief system.

Credits: Sacred Wonders of Britain: Part 1 (00:46)

Credits: Sacred Wonders of Britain: Part 1

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Neil Oliver goes in search of the very first stirrings of religion in Britain. In the south of England and on the Scottish borders, great tombs provide evidence of ancestor worship among the first farmers of the Neolithic era, and an extraordinary discovery in Herefordshire reveals what really lies beneath their burial mounds. In the flint mines of Grimes Graves in Norfolk, Neil discovers how Stone Age miners carried their religion deep underground. Finally, in the Avebury Henge and monuments of Orkney, he discovers how a new age of belief swept away the old religions and changed Britain forever. A BBC Production.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL60509

ISBN: 978-1-60057-553-2

Copyright date: ©2013

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