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Archaeology has the power to show that our histories are often little more than myths. Recent archaeological discoveries have completely changed our understanding of the history of London, and advances in genetic analysis is casting doubts on cherished ideas of anglo-saxons and celts.

Once we believed that London had prehistoric origins - archaeology has shown there is no Celtic City underlying Londinium. Our interpretation of the Dark Ages suggested that the collapse of Roman rule lead to a savage decline in the population of London - we now know that the decline started much earlier - in the Second Century AD, symptomatic of a failure of Roman Civilization to fully adapt to the British situation.

We used to believe that the English were all descended from invading Anglo-saxons, Stephen Oppenheimer shows that 75% percent of us are descended from relatives of the Basques, and can claim to be indigenous, not only not Anglo-Saxon but predating the Celts.

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Next Guided Walks:

These are the walks I am doing for London Walks for the forthcoming winter season:



Sat 2.30 4th Nov 2017

The Archaeology & History of the Bankside - from London Bridge to the Globe  - London Bridge  Tooley Street Entrance 

 

Sat 2.30 18th Nov 2017

The Archaeology & History of Chelsea  - From King Offa to the Swinging 60s - Sloane Square Tube 


Sat 10.45 2 Dec 2017

Myths, Legends and the Origins of London - Tower Hill Tube


Sat 10.45 16 Dec 2017

Exploring Roman London - a Literary & Archaeology Guide Tower Hill Tube 


Sat 10.45 30 Dec 2017

Medieval & Reformation London  - Smithfield to the Guildhall  - Barbican Underground 


Sat 10.45 13 Jan 2018 

Cromwell and More's Tudor London - St Pauls Tube Exit 2 

 

Sat 2.30 27 Jan 2018 

William Shakespeare and Tudor & Stuart London -  Tower Hill Tube  


Sat 2.30 10 Feb 2018

The Archaeology & History of Southwark - From London Bridge to Bermondsey Abbey - London Bridge - Tooley Street exit


Sat 2.30 24 Feb 2018

The Archaeology & History of Rotherhithe - Rotherhithe Tube

 

Sat 2.30 10 March 2018

Cornhill - City of London Ward Walk -  Bank Tube Station Exit 3


   

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