The Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials.
We might think of Britain 'beginning' with the arrival of the Romans - when we start to have written records. But archaeology allows us to push back much further, into prehistory. And there, we uncover chronicles in stone, pottery, metal and bone.
Burials are like time capsules - each one, a physical biography, written into the skeleton. In Ancestors, Alice Roberts chooses seven burials to help to tell the story of British prehistory, from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age. She delves into the history of each discovery - and looks at how the new science of genomics is revolutionizing our perception of the deep past.