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[quote="CARL"]The BBC magazine I read said the series stops at the Romans.

Hopefully so but the HOAB website says that it runs up to the end of roman britain in the 5th century.

I really hope not and it shouldn't as it contradicts the title of the series! I can imagine a v boring final episode charting roman britain and the contrast between England and Wales and the lucky Scots & Irish who weren't so aflicted. I think tomo night's should be the money as far as I'm concerned but just looked at the locations online Swinside, the orkney WHS's, Stonehenge, Durrington and The Boyne sites.

I'm looking forward to it but can't help feeling it's the same old sites again (Orkney & Stonehenge) reminds me of the thread Sanctuary started. "What no stonehenge?"

I understand that you have to show the main sites for the largely ignorant public but "What no Avebury?" Springs to mind. There is enough in that area to explain the whole spectrum of change and possible beliefs along with spectacular sites to keep the producers happy visually.

So why has it been overlooked again? I see the benefit of these series now as mainly to make more people aware of their forgotten heritage and the fact that most people have never heard of Avebury and Silbury seems like they've missed a golden opportunity by devoting most of it to stonehenge again.

Although selfishly I can see the benefits of not having Avebury being as popular as Stonehenge but it's mostly going to be Brits that watch the series so wouldn't necessarily appear on the radar of every tourist who visits the UK like stonehenge does so wouldn't be swamped and have the same negative impact.

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Posted by Gwass
22nd February 2011ce

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