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A clip looking at the Old Stone Age, and hunter-gatherers who lived by hunting animals and collecting fruit and nuts. We also explore the first farmers, who imported new animals and crops, and cleared fields from the forest.

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Archaeologist Raksha Dave explores life in Britain during the Stone Age. We begin in the Old Stone Age by looking at hunter-gatherers who lived by hunting animals and collecting fruit and nuts, and then move on to explore the first farmers, who imported new animals and crops and cleared fields from the forest. We explore the inside of a replica Stone Age house and cover the walls in wattle and daub.

This clip is from the BBC series Ancient Voices. In a series of short films, archaeologist Raksha Dave explores the amazing places, monuments and archaeological finds left behind from prehistoric Britain to build a picture of what it must have been like living in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

To bring prehistory alive and show how the ancient people of Britain shaped where we live now, Raksha makes a razor-sharp flint tool, helps to cast a bronze axe and, using only a red deer antler, mines iron ore in an ancient mine. She visits the exceptional Stone Age burial at Paviland, explores Stonehenge - where, nearby, the biggest discovery of prehistoric gold was unearthed - and enters the Secret Forest, home to the only known prehistoric open-cast iron mines in the world. Raksha also has a chance to help out with daubing a replica Neolithic home, tries on Bronze Age clothes and feasts on Iron Age food.

Presented by Raksha Dave, field archaeologist on Channel 4\'s Time Team, with a wealth of knowledge about the world before history was documented in Britain, the films are specifically aimed at children of Key Stage 2 age for BBC Learning Zone.

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This clip could be used to explore continuity and change between the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age – what changed and what stayed the same? It could also be used as a stimulus for finding out about Stone Age, and raising the question of what else we need to know about the period. In other words, what does the clip not tell us?

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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