Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

17 January 2014

Neanderthal model (Image courtesy of the Natural History Museum)

Ground-breaking research by Institute staff will feature in a forthcoming exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

In February, the Natural History Museum opens its latest major temporary exhibition, this time focusing on our ancient relatives – the earliest occupants of Britain.

The story has its beginning nearly one million years ago in Norfolk, and is inspired by a major research project - The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain - that in many ways has revolutionised what we know about human life in ancient Britain.

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, takes you on a journey through time to meet these people – communities that had to adapt to survive in often challenging conditions. It gives snapshots of dramatically changing environments and landscapes where elephants, mammoths and rhinos once roamed.

More than 200 specimens and objects from the Natural History Museum collection and other museums, such as the British Museum, are at the centre of this story. And, for the first time, all of the most important human fossils in Britain are on display together.

The exhibition will feature the pioneering work of Institute of Archaeology researchers Simon Parfitt, Mark Roberts and Matt Pope, covering their research at the internationally important stone age sites of Happisburgh, Boxgrove and La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey.

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