Around 4000 BC, Neolithic farmers, replacing or evolving from the hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic Period, transformed much of the landscape of Britain from dense woodland to grassland, probably through slash-and-burn clearing. Although some evidence suggests Mesolithic people already had built ritual sites, the great earthworks and megalithic monuments of Britain are the work of settled farmers, mostly dating to the Neolithic (4000-2300 BC) and Early Bronze Age (2300-1200 BC) periods. Around a thousand monuments are documented from this time, the most famous of which is Stonehenge. Other sites, of diverse kinds and extending the length and breadth of Britain, are arguably even more impressive than Stonehenge. This 13-day tour, led by the filmmakers of Standing with Stones, Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin, is a 600-mile journey from the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland southward to Stonehenge, with stops at some of the most impressive and iconic megalith and henge sites in the UK. Along the way, accompanied by ALI Executive Director and long-time archaeologist Dr. Richard Pettigrew, you will gain an understanding of a remarkable, mythic time long before written records, when people led rich ceremonial lives linked to their careful observations of the sun, moon and stars.
Dates: September 11 - 23, 2020
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