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Lesson 1: Prehistoric Britain

What is prehistory?

The story of life in Britain goes back to a time long ago, before people existed. Even after they first arrived, it was many thousands of years before they began to write about anything. Prehistory is all about what happened before written records began.

Archaeologists and other experts have uncovered many secrets of prehistoric Britain by looking at traces of the things that have survived from a long time ago. The remains of houses, temples, tools and even long-dead bodies have all helped to build up a picture of how the first people lived, and what it was like before anyone was there at all.



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