As somebody who has had the opportunity to indulge his fascination with Mesolithic and Neolithic stone monuments, barrows and dwellings, I've visited many of the famous and more obscure sites in Great Britain, Ireland and Brittany, and a few elsewhere. I simply can't get enough of them. I will always be grateful to my dear friend who has made this possible, and with whom I've shared the exploration of these places.
The first show in a new series on the BBC takes a look at several of the more important ones, including a place that I've never been to: Grimes Graves
. It's hosted by Neil Oliver, whom folks in the UK will know from the great Coast
series, as well as other projects. Oliver talks with various archaeologists about the theories they have regarding the reasons for the creation of these structures, and their possible uses. There is practically no fanciful speculation in the show, which I appreciate, though Oliver does appear to indulge himself a bit near the end.
For those in the UK, it's available for the next month on BBC iPlayer: "Sacred Wonders of Britain" Episode 1
Unfortunately, iPlayer is not available outside the UK, but it may be possible for others to view the show if they have a good connection with enough bandwidth for streaming video like youtube. If you really want to see it, PM me for details.