Bush craft expert Ray Mears in Norfolk and Suffolk for new show
- Credit: David Osborn
Ray Mears takes a journey 4,000 years back in time to the Bronze Age in East Anglia and visits Norwich Castle, Lynn Museum, Southwold Museum and Flag Fen Archaeology Park to find out more about the region's past.
In a special programme for BBC East, Bush craft expert Ray Mears discovers the treasures of the Bronze Age and in particular, focuses on two communities at Seahenge and Flag Fen and explores what they tell us about the early civilisations that produced them.
Civilisations Stories: Treasures of the Bronze Age will be on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Monday April 30 and will delve into East Anglia's past.
As a bushcraft expert, Ray will bring a unique perspective on the connections between the communities he studies and the story of the Bronze Age as an age of unprecedented invention- travelling back 4,000 years in time, he looks for clues about ancient East Anglians living in this mysterious yet innovative period of our history.
The Bronze Age was a crucial point in time that linked the Stone Age with the Iron Age. Ray discovers its artworks, jewellery, monuments and unusual finds - and how each object tells us something about the spirit of our ancestors. He begins at Southwold Museum in Suffolk where he examines a small and personable stone carving, the Easton Bavents Deer, made just as the Stone Age was ending and the Bronze Age was beginning. At Holme beach in north Norfolk, Ray investigates the site of an imposing timber circle Seahenge, now preserved at Lynn Museum. He discovers what it tells us about the ceremonial rites of the early Bronze Age people, and how they were capable of great engineering undertakings.
You may also want to watch:
Ray learns about the shared religious beliefs of Bronze Age people at Norwich Castle Museum where he goes behind the scenes with senior curator of archaeology Dr Tim Pestell to find a rare Bronze Age treasure - the Rudham Dirk. Heading west towards the Fens, he visits Flag Fen Archaeology Park - the site of an important Bronze Age settlement. Along with archaeologist Francis Pryor, Ray admires a beautifully made dagger with antler handle and learns of the ceremonial worship of water. At Ely Museum in Cambridgeshire, Ray marvels at the Great Gold Torc - a majestic piece of jewellery that marks the emergence of a warrior aristocracy.
The journey concludes back at Norwich Castle with one of the greatest treasures ever discovered in Britain, the Snettisham Treasure. This may have been the royal treasure of the Iceni tribe and was produced at the dawn of the Iron Age.
- 1 Rare Airbus Beluga XL spotted over Norfolk
- 2 Spectacle of light with 'Norfolk's biggest ever firework display' announced
- 3 Man dies after 'medical incident' on Yarmouth seafront
- 4 Popular GP bids farewell to patients with emotional letter after 33 years in Beccles
- 5 Star-studded cast announced for Norwich Theatre Royal 2021 panto
- 6 Birds of prey found shot and poisoned during raid in Norfolk
- 7 Plastic fork firm redundancies blamed on supermarket ‘greenwashing’
- 8 Closures near A11 roundabout after crash involving motorcycle and van
- 9 Man struck repeatedly on head with motorcylcle helmet in Norfolk attack
- 10 Home baker opens first shop after business 'snowballed' in lockdown