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Prehistoric Britain (5000-55 BC)

Great Britain is composed of three countries namely England, Wales, and Scotland. Great Britain, which is a relatively small island located on the edge of the continent Europe, had actually ruled almost half of the world at a certain point in history. And as such, Britain had created a big impact in history. Britain’s history was rich, even in its prehistoric era.

Britain’s diverse culture is brought over by the various visitors Britain welcomed on their shores. Over the years, there have been lots of people coming from different places and nations who made a mark in terms of Britain's language and landscape. And this process still continues today.

Pre-historical findings on Great Britain, which are primarily based on archaeological finds, had roughly divided the era into five distinct periods. These are the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age periods. Each of these eras had shaped Great Britain in general and as it is known today.

Britain’s Palaeolithic Period is estimated to be from circa 450,000 to 10,000 BC. It is further divided into two groups, the Lower Palaeolithic Period and the Upper Palaeolithic Period. Archaeological finds show that the first human inhabitation of Britain happened in 400,000 B.C. The Palaeolithic Era also corresponds to the Old Stone Age. The Mesolithic Era, on the other hand occurred around circa 10,000 B.C. and it ended as the Neolithic Period entered into circa 5,000 B.C.

Original Authors: Phil Post
Edit Update Authors: M.Harris
Updated On: 24/07/2008



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