Ness in TV historian’s top five British sites

Neil Oliver Book CoverArchaeologist, historian and television presenter Neil Oliver is the guest on this week’s BBC History Extra podcast, talking about his new book, The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places.

In the podcast, the Ness of Brodgar is named one of Neil’s top five favourite sites in the country.

The book is described as Neil’s “very personal account” of what makes the British Isles so special – told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history.

Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes the reader via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars.

From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger. 

Click the link to listen to the podcast: Neil Oliver’s history of the British Isles