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Welcome to the fascinating and mist-shrouded world of Ancient British History. The historian's task is frustrating but exhilarating, deciphering old manuscripts, exploring Roman ruins, and following the trail of the elusive King Arthur. All these things are found herein--the columns explore Britain from the Bronze Age to the Norman Conquest. Come on and in and enjoy!

The Significance of the Hill-Fort: Economic

We have seen earlier how the hill-forts of ancient Britain provided the military chieftains of the time with excellent defensive and reconnaissance capabilities. Now,...

King Arthur’s Swords: Ancient Water Rites

The previous article examined hoarding and the use of weapons and such as votive offerings in the Bronze Age. This practice continued for hundreds...

Stonehenge Is Still a Mystery

Stonehenge. Why was it built? Does anyone really know? Various theories have been put forth through the years. Some people have thought that the stones...

Julius Caesar: The Roman Who “Invaded” Britain

The world that Julius Caesar found when he arrived in Britain in 55 B.C. was an evolving landscape full of continental influences. The farms were...

Boudicca: A Woman Warlord’s Rebellion

The Iceni rebellion, with Boudicca at the helm, had its roots in the Roman struggles in Gaul. Beginning with Julius Caesar, the Romans battled...

A Curious Adherence to Hereditary Right

Arthur was barely a teen. He certainly was not a warrior. Yet he was king. Why? Forget the story of the Sword in the Stone...

What the Romans Left Behind: The Roads

One thing the Romans discovered early on is that a well-regulated empire is a happy empire. In other words, as long as your soldiers...

Caratacus: The Roman Enemy Who Survived Defeat

When is it a good idea to really know who your friend’s friends are? If your name is Caratacus, you might consider it a...

The Chariot: Ancient Britons’ Armored Personnel Carrier

One element of warfare in ancient Britain that doesn’t get much press these days is the use of the chariot in battle. The common...

The Downside of Finding King Arthur

Historians have been lit by the fire within for generations in the quest to find distinct clues that will conclusively point the way to...
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