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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney ... and an Essex Connection

Nigel Brown writes about the BBC Two three-part series 'Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney' first broadcast in January 2017. 

"Anyone who watched the recent BBC programmes about Neolithic Orkney, and remembering that the standard classification of Grooved ware has  a number of sub styles, one of which is named after Rinyo in Orkney and another after Clacton in Essex, might be interested in following this link: http://theislandreview.com/content/bbc-neolithic-orkney-neil-oliver-kenneth-brophy-archaeology-stonehenge and see what Kenneth Brophy, a leading light of the Neolithic Studies Group has to say about the programme. I suggest that anyone who does read his piece resists the temptation to tell him that, whilst Essex and Sussex are old English counties, Wessex isn't, such is the nature of digital communication I imagine that quite a few people will already have let him know."

Kenneth Brophy says that the series should have left out Stonehenge, concentrating more on Orkney's link with other sites. Alas Stonehenge is the most well known and recognisable. (See photograph)  Other sites are available of course!

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